7 Characteristics of a Data-Driven Organization

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Data Is Everywhere

One would think that the data would be well organized and maintained — as in a library, where every book is stored in one place. In fact, most data-driven cultures are exactly the opposite. Data is everywhere — on databases, inside business intelligence tools, on file servers, and on reports on people's PCs — all within the company walls. The key is knowing where the data is, not centralizing and confining it. Data catalogs really help address data chaos.

Data-driven enterprises do exist today. These organizations capture and reinforce the value of their data by constantly surrounding it with context — describing where it's from, who has access, and how it is being and has been used. Counter to conventional wisdom, these organizations empower people by securely, safely giving their employees direct access to data, as well as providing interactive dashboards and colorful visualizations. These companies incentivize data analysts, stewards and IT staff to collaborate clearly and efficiently, bringing significant benefits to the entire organization.

In this slideshow, Alation's CEO, Satyen Sangani, highlights the behaviors and common characteristics that help define and drive today's most data-driven organizations.


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