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Adopting Big Data Success

Even with a roadmap, transforming into a data-driven company isn’t easy or quick. So why not work with a guide instead? blumshapiro offers all the technical and advisory services you need to make digital transformation a reality. 

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Even with a roadmap, transforming into a data-driven company isn’t easy or quick. So why not work with a guide instead? blumshapiro offers all the technical and advisory services you need to make digital transformation a reality. 

The explosion of digital technologies has made data the most important asset in business. Data promises to improve efficiency, productivity and innovation by giving decision-makers in-depth insights into every aspect of strategy and operations. Given its immense potential, it’s alarming to learn that most companies are struggling to turn data into actual value.

A recent survey reveals why. More than 70% of respondents said they had yet to develop a data-driven culture. Consequently, a majority of those respondents also reported they don’t treat data like a business asset and haven’t leveraged it to gain a competitive advantage. 

The data-driven business model is relatively new, so it makes sense that companies are adapting too slowly. However, the longer companies wait to make progress towards digital transformation, the more the window on this opportunity closes. Delaying too long could even put companies behind the curve and force them to rush through a process that needs to be carefully planned and executed.

If you’re eager to make progress, the first priority is getting users on board. It doesn’t matter how many new technologies you introduce – if employees can’t or won’t use them to the fullest, they will have little impact. Follow these strategies to get users enthusiastic about the data-driven future of your company.

Engage Executives

Buy-in comes from the top down. If the C-suite does not understand or support your efforts, employees won’t either. Show executives how data drives value and they’re more likely to free up resources and sign off on initiatives.

State Your Intentions

Users can’t support a change until they know why it’s happening and what results you expect. Before any tech-implementation or policy change, tell your team as much as possible. Transparency encourages adoption because users feel included in the process.

Standardize Workflows

Detailing exactly how users should work with new technologies or policies clears up any confusion and ensures users are following best practices. People are a lot more enthusiastic about workplace changes when you help them succeed from the start.

Abandon Old Technologies

When you add new technology, get rid of the one it’s replacing. Users will always be tempted to return to the old, familiar way of doing things. Making the data-driven tool the only option encourages users to get comfortable with it.

Train and Train Again

Users should receive as much training as it takes to master a new technology, including anyone hired after the implementation. Once users become fluent with a new system, they will realize how it improves their own roles and responsibilities.

Measure Adoption

Don’t assume that users have adopted a technology just because they say so. Revisit your initial goals for the project – integrate more data, speed up decision making, avoid errors and compliance issues, etc. – and compare them to the results. If the project is not living up to expectations, user adoption may still be an issue.

Even with a roadmap, transforming into a data-driven company isn’t easy or quick. So why not work with a guide instead? blumshapiro offers all the technical and advisory services you need to make digital transformation a reality. Contact us to start the conversation.  

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