It’s Time to Bring Agility to the Data Supply Chain

For all the talk about the importance of making decisions based on solid data, most companies still struggle to understand what data they have and how to get at it to actually use it.

Your company has taken the time to ensure you are capturing as much data as possible whether it’s structured, unstructured or semi-structured. You also purchased the best BI tools to help you analyze your data for insights. But there’s a problem. There are serious gaps in the data supply chain.

A 5-Minute Guide to an Agile Data Supply Chain

Your data analysts are spending too much of their time manually trying to find the right data, and if they are honest, they aren’t even sure where much of that data resides, or if it’s captured at all.

These are big challenges you have to face if you are going to make your data work for you.

So what can you do?

Bridge Data Silos. Don’t Eliminate Them.

All the efforts put into gathering data have resulted in silos of information hidden deep within the organization. You don’t have to eliminate these silos to understand what’s there, but you do need to bridge them, making it easier for data analysts and business users to find the right information when they need it.

How do you do that? You need a process that goes out and finds all your data, profiles it and builds a master index. This isn’t a manual process - you need automation to make this happen quickly.

Streamline the Data Supply Chain with a Self-Service Data Shopping Experience

Then you need a way to enable data analysts and business users to easily search this index and pick the data sources they need for their analysis. This needs to be as simple as shopping on Amazon, picking your data sets and dropping them into your shopping cart. Once there, they are packaged up and sent to your BI tool for analysis giving you the time you need to make the best decisions right when you need them.

It sounds simple. It can be that straightforward. But first you need to clear out the bottlenecks in your data supply chain. Are you ready to transform your team’s productivity?

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