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6 considerations that strengthen your data strategy

AI’s true potential is currently inaccessible to many companies due to the fragility of their data strategy and foundation.

A robust data foundation is a prerequisite for AI readiness

At Lumenalta, we recognize the pivotal role of a robust data foundation in unlocking the power of AI technologies. Our focus lies in sculpting a data infrastructure that aligns seamlessly with your organization’s strategic aspirations — to make meaningful AI implementation take center stage in as little as six months.

Consider the role of data in your organization when determining AI readiness

For forward-thinking tech leaders like yourself, embarking on a transformative journey involves asking pivotal questions to orchestrate a strong data strategy.
Here are six questions to illuminate your path:

1. What is the role of data in my organization?

Understanding the strategic importance of data sets the stage for a holistic transformation, ensuring that every piece of information aligns with your overarching vision. It’s important to recognize where data has a direct impact on organizational goals, so you can prioritize resource allocation to those ideas and invest less in non-essential elements.
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2. Do we have the architecture and infrastructure in place to provide needed data access?

A robust data foundation requires an architectural backbone that not only supports existing needs but anticipates the future complexities of AI integration. By optimizing data architecture and infrastructure specific to tech targets, you can ensure seamless and efficient data access for all stakeholders.
A well-designed infrastructure also supports operational efficiency by minimizing data access bottlenecks, reducing delays and optimizing productivity.

3. What are the tangible use cases for needed data?

Identifying tangible use cases is the linchpin for crafting a data strategy that not only collects information but strategically deploys it to drive innovation and efficiency.
With documentation of specific use cases, you can better prevent resource wastage on irrelevant or low-impact endeavors. Additionally, it becomes easier to pinpoint potential risks associated with data initiatives and act sooner to mitigate challenges.

4. Is the data usable to employees? Is there visibility into the available data?

Visibility into available data ensures that information becomes a valuable asset rather than a hidden treasure. Providing employees with usable data fuels informed decision-making at every level to streamline strategic operations.
From an engagement perspective, employees are more likely to actively drive towards data-driven initiatives when they perceive the tools and data at their disposal as valuable and user-friendly.

5. Is my team empowered to drive decision making and set standards for data governance? 

Empowerment is crucial to enabling your team to harness the potential of data, set data governance benchmarks, and navigate the evolving landscape of AI. This involves equipping individuals with the skills, tools, and knowledge needed to effectively leverage data.
Specific to AI, this could involve distributing thought leadership to stay abreast of emerging AI technologies, understand their implications for business processes, and identify opportunities to integrate AI solutions effectively.
Related: A CIO’s guide to data governance strategy

6. What does business success look like in conjunction with this program? 

Clearly defining metrics — specifically tracking measurable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) — aligns the program with tangible business outcomes, providing a compass for measuring the impact of your data management strategy on the broader organizational goals. KPIs can include the previously mentioned tangible cases, operational efficiency, and more.
A successful data transformation program fosters a culture of innovation and contributes to the organization’s competitive advantage, closely tied to positive outcomes for customers. When the data transformation program contributes to a cultural shift toward data literacy within the organization, metrics will improve in all facets of data strategy, signaling readiness to implement futuristic technologies.
As you navigate the intricate landscape of data transformation, these questions serve as guideposts, leading you towards a future where AI isn’t just a buzzword but a transformative force.
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