We live in a modern, technological world where data, or more accurately insights from data, can drive competitive advantage. From identifying opportunities for optimisation and efficiency to generating a greater understanding of customers and prospects, it should be every company's aim to use their data to influence their decisions and future strategies to gain the advantage in their competitive market.
What does it mean to be a data-driven business?
"There's a lot of talk about data-driven marketing and sales, etc., but not a lot about a company as a whole becoming data-driven," says Manish Sood, the founder and CEO of Reltio.
The importance of businesses building themselves around data cannot be underestimated. Amir Orad, CEO of Sisense, suggests that data-driven companies don’t just use data, but also understand that data should be accessible to all employees and at the center of the decision-making process in any business.
"A data-driven company is an organisation where every person who can use data to make better decisions, has access to the data they need when they need it,” Orad says, “Being data-driven is not about seeing a few canned reports at the beginning of every day or week; it's about giving the business decision makers the power to explore data independently, even if they're working with big or disparate data sources."
Benefits of being a data-driven business:
The benefits of successfully utilising data are extensive, three key areas are:
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