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IT & Innovation#EurostaffExpert: CEO at datazuum Samir Sharma - My Third 2018 Data Prediction Revealed... #3

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Samir Sharma is the founder of datazuum a data and analytics consultancy.  Helping companies execute effective data strategies, implementing analytics tools, and helping organisations succeed with their data initiatives. datazuum works with companies across the following industries: Retail, Utilities, Financial Services, Telecoms, Oil & Gas, Media, Postal and Government.  Working in the EMEA regions to help their customers: monetise data, acquire more customers, improve customer experience and optimise business processes.  

He frequently shares his knowledge and experience at international conferences, is a keen blogger, and a keynote expert speaker at our Eurostaff Connect London: Big Data and Advanced Analytics MeetUps; contributes to charities as a fundraiser, and is a youth champion for social enterprise Working Knowledge.

Our Eurostaff Expert and CEO at datazuum Samir Sharma gives us his thoughts on data strategy, infrastructure, integration, governance, and culture, which he believes will impact organisations in 2018. Last year was the year of technology but Samir feels that in 2018 the key trends will be more strategic in nature than technical.

Tomorrow Samir will give you his fourth prediction, so keep an eye out to learn more!

Data Prediction #3: Culture change is crucial for data projects to succeed

A year ago, Gartner estimated that 60% of big data projects fail. According to Gartner analyst Nick Heudecker‏ in November 2017, Gartner was "too conservative" with its 60% estimate. The real failure rate? "Closer to 85 percent." In other words, abandon hope all ye who enter here, especially because "The problem isn't technology," Heudecker said. “It's you.” Or otherwise culture!

Most organisations still struggle with establishing a culture, let alone the notion of a “data-driven” one.  If 2017 was the year of technology, there are a few things that you can do to get away from being the 85% statistic. Cultural change in the era of data is a clear business problem, and needs to be addressed by the data strategy.  If you are considering creating a data strategy, then there are some fundamental things that you can do: 

1) Make sure you are impressing upon the CEO that she needs to lead by example, and if she is becoming more data driven, then others will follow suit.  

2) Create a change team, that deals with organisational alignment and communication.

3) Identify who your key stakeholders are and get them onside as data champions from the various departments.  

4) Identify “quick wins” that demonstrate value early in the project, as it will stamp out those who are going to derail the project.  

5) Make sure business and technical teams are aligned in their approach and not at loggerheads with each other, another critical barrier to successful adoption of data projects. Transformation requires a considered approach, and if you can continuously identify the critical organisational issues, and address them head on your project won’t be another statistic.

Day four of Samir's data predictions will look at how data governance climbs up the food chain! 

If you are hiring or looking for a data role, get in touch with our Data Specialists James Rutter or Leah Matkin today!

 



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