Menu: Data-Driven-Capable

Firms know they must find their way to become data-driven, but are very unsure just what that entails. Not only is it an easily executable initiative, but our operating systems are aligned to the concept and all the software we need are readily available to us virtually without cost. This page provides a set of articles that explain how to reach data-drivenness with no more than the firm’s current culture of operational systems, software and skills.

First Things First; Become “Capable” of Data-Driven Operations: “Data-driven” is defined as processes, decisions and activities spurred by data rather than only experience, intuition and culture. First, the firm must make itself fully, rather than only partially, capable of being data-driven. Second, the firm must evolve to making the power of the capability integral to its processes, activities and decisions. The article deals with the first challenge—becoming “data-driven-capable.”

Building the Super Tables Behind Data-Driven Operations: Many thousands of tables exist inside and outside our operating systems as the consequences of normal functioning. However, unless we know how to join single tables from multiple sources, the insights with which our organizations are forced to function with will continue to be limited to what our systems give us as standard reports—not much in the grand scheme of things. The article explains how to slip the surly bonds of our systems by building supper tables.

Purge the Fused Spreadsheets That Undermine Data-Drivenness: All system standard reports, business intelligence and advanced analytics, as insight deliverables, rest upon the discipline of data formatted as tables. It is noteworthy that many operational tasks are conducted with Excel and, thus, without the discipline of tables that are enforced in operating systems. The article explains the difference between layered and fused structures—layered being best practice and too often the road not traveled. It is a basic distinction because fused spreadsheets that are typical to tasks conducted in Excel, undermine our ability to become data-driven-capable.