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7 Characteristics of a Data-Driven Organization

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    Freedom of Choice

    Fast insights emerge from technological freedom-of-choice. Generally, the principal concern of people in data-driven businesses is the ability to get insights quickly. Forcing analysts to learn and use IT-defined models and centrally specified tools slows down analysts and data scientists (and makes them harder to attract and retain). In the most data-driven enterprises, the person answering the question gets to pick the tools used. While enterprise standards are important, self-service wins the day.

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7 Characteristics of a Data-Driven Organization

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    Freedom of Choice

    Fast insights emerge from technological freedom-of-choice. Generally, the principal concern of people in data-driven businesses is the ability to get insights quickly. Forcing analysts to learn and use IT-defined models and centrally specified tools slows down analysts and data scientists (and makes them harder to attract and retain). In the most data-driven enterprises, the person answering the question gets to pick the tools used. While enterprise standards are important, self-service wins the day.

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.