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From Traditional to Transformational: The Journey to Data-Driven Governance

By Performance Institute
July 26, 2023

Intro: Navigating the Unprecedented Change 

We are currently witnessing a paradigm shift in business governance as data reshapes how companies function and make decisions. The acceleration of this transformation over the past year has been a byproduct of global changes in every aspect of life, ranging from health, and economic impacts, to shifts in behaviors. 

The Advantages and Challenges of Remote Work

The onset of the pandemic has expedited the adoption of advanced analytics and AI techniques, with remote work becoming a new normal for many. This shift has resulted in a surge in demand for data-driven skills within companies, driving the transformation towards data-driven governance. However, companies slow to adapt have found themselves at a disadvantage, underlining the necessity for traditional businesses to embrace this new data-driven model. 

Four Pillars of Data-Driven Business Transformation 

Successful data-driven business transformation hinges on four key elements: 

  1. Data Architecture and Infrastructure: This initial stage requires significant investment and courage, representing the foundation of the entire transformation process. 
  1. Data Governance and Management: The quality of the final data used for decision-making relies heavily on this process. Effective data governance ensures the production of high-quality data. 
  1. Digitalization and Automation: The use of AI technology and appropriate models enable the transition from traditional processes to a data-driven approach. 
  1. Data Literacy and Change Management: Professionals need not only data experience and skills but also business intuition. Being able to tell compelling data stories can greatly aid understanding and accelerate data-driven decision-making. 

The Obstacles to Transformation 

Despite the evident benefits of data-driven transformation, many businesses hesitate to adopt this new model. A 2019 Big Data and AI Executive Survey revealed that many companies still struggle to create a data culture and treat data as a business asset. This reluctance often stems from an inability to recognize the long-term benefits of data-driven transformation, coupled with technological hurdles, organizational alignment issues, and cultural resistance. 

Suggestions for Successful Transformation 

For organizations seeking to make the transition to data-driven governance, it is crucial to break down data and insight silos, identify industry data pools, and resource the transformation. Most importantly, proving a data-driven return on investment can persuade leaders of the transformation's value. Communicating the limits of data-driven transformation is equally vital, acknowledging that the process, though challenging, is ultimately beneficial. 

In conclusion, data-driven transformation represents a powerful tool in the digital age, providing an opportunity for businesses to adapt and thrive amidst changing global conditions. By embracing this transformation, organizations can better navigate the uncertain landscape, leveraging data to inform decisions and drive success. 

If you're interested in learning more about Data Analytics & Budgeting consider enrolling in our upcoming course Data Analytics Week on August 14-18, 2023. Our course is designed to refresh and expand your understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics as they relate to performance data Assess your agency's readiness for performance-based budgeting. Practice the 10 steps methodology and apply it to your government organization. 

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