One can’t find a single industry be it Retail, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Telecommunication, Healthcare, Media or Utilities where disruption is not underway and the lines between the industries are becoming more and more vague. What though is becoming more and more clear is, a new business architecture based on the theme that data as the “core equity” of the company is becoming a winning strategy both in terms of customer retention and customer acquisition.
There are the 1st generation internet companies, who have been successful in demonstrating that managing and leveraging data effectively to understand consumer behavior and business processes can be key to bringing in additional revenues and winning the consumer minds.
These data based businesses have been hugely rewarded both by investors and consumers alike and are racing ahead. The traditional counterparts in each of these industry verticals are finding it challenging to begin their data journey in order to convert missed opportunity in this data race to their advantage.
The reasons for the difficulty comes not so much from the lack of awareness or doubts on the need for it but from the understanding that they need to build out in many cases almost afresh their data infrastructure, analytics capabilities and applications infrastructure almost afresh and that it needs to be right not just for the current business context, but shall ensuring that it ties up with the long term business strategy and the ROI on data investment is not rendered obsolete. Indeed, the data race is on and the slower ones are likely to find it difficult to cross this digital or may I say data disruption.
This will be critical to help build out a unified data analytics story, which is important to enable a single source of truth regarding every business dimension that matters. It is also equally important to get that right for any kind of analytics to be meaningful in the context of future. Any advanced analytics algorithm or even descriptive statistics can get a single view of the customer inside-out a business and thereby enabling better business decisions.
Any Data Infrastructure and Analytics strategy shall allow for the same. Lack of it in real-time in the hands of the business executives can be a huge limitation.
The Ability to add new data-source effortlessly easily without having to kick off another set of new costly IT projects is important for the longevity of the effort to bring all the data sources to a common infrastructure.
Not getting this right can become a key reason for failure of your data strategy.
Collaborating with your business data and the insights it generates on the move are therefore extremely critical features of any Data architecture.