2 items tagged "collaboration"

  • BI as a driver of collaboration in your company

    BI as a driver of collaboration in your company

    Collaboration is a key driver of success in business and one of the hardest things to achieve in today’s work climate. Businesses are juggling remote workers, hybrid workers, and everything in between since the pandemic’s onset. Business intelligence can be crucial in creating collaboration.

    According to the U.S. Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics, remote working between 2005 and 2017 went up by 159%; however, despite this, FlexJobs noted that only 3.4% of the workforce worked from home. Of course, this was all before COVID-19 hit businesses hard, forcing most non-essential workers to work remotely. And perhaps to everyone’s advantage, this trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere too fast. A recent survey demonstrated that 82% of respondents enjoy working from home, and 66% felt they were more productive working remotely. It seems that the future of work has changed dramatically this year, forcing businesses to put various solutions in place to support the changes that COVID-19 brought about.

    According to Zapier CEO Wade Foster, who has hundreds of employees working remotely,  “companies who don’t have effective systems in place are winging it in a lot of areas right now. They’re going to have a hard time with this sudden transition. They are being thrust into an environment where they have no structure.” He told Computerworld that the “wrong type of management, misaligned culture, and lack of essential tools” could create a negative remote working environment.

    Business Intelligence can be the catalyst

    One of the “essential tools” to create a successful, collaborative work environment is having an automated centralized Business Intelligence platform, cloud-based, that is utilized across the organization’s BI landscape. Today, businesses are dependent on data to make important decisions. Gone are the days where only business analysts were accessing data; today, the entire organization or anyone who needs to make a decision, whether big or small, needs to have access to the same data to collaborate with team members immediately. The data exists in silos and needs one centralized solution that will allow visibility to the entire landscape. A cloud-based, centralized Business Intelligence tool provides the internal framework where everyone has access to the same semantically defined, usable and trustworthy data right off the bat.

    This has been particularly useful when collaboration is required to solve a business problem for a large organization. So much time was wasted in the past, and projects were stalled by the “black hole” of manually discovering, organizing, preparing, and cleaning data for analysis. Sometimes this manual work would take months. The automation of metadata lets people get on with collaboration by accessing the same data across the entire company. A person working in California will have the same data that a remote worker in Australia will have, and if they are on the same team, they are looking at the same information and able to collaborate on how to proceed to the next step.

    It is now more crucial than ever to have a centralized, automated business intelligence platform. As workers become more scattered across the world, data is becoming more centralized, creating a collaborative environment within the remote workspace. The ability to trace the origin of metadata with a view of the entire data lineage, and with data discovery trace data immediately, will significantly impact the speed in how decisions can be made by providing the relevant information to make such decisions immediately, creating the internal framework of a collaborative workforce.

    Who knew that COVID-19 would change the way businesses operate forever? Making us more remote yet cohesive and collaborative since the nuts and bolts of the company are being forced to centralize? Companies worldwide are unifying through centralized data; having the right information, no matter where you are.

    Author: Amnon Drori

    Source: Dataconomy

  • The omnipresent challenge of collaborating effectively

    The omnipresent challenge of collaborating effectively

    Whether talking about collaboration tools or just the idea of collaboration, at  this point in time it should not be “news.” We’ve collaborated forever and the tools have been around for well over 20 years.

    And yet it seems we still struggle to figure out how to collaborate effectively.

    Maybe it is our org structures, where competing goals, or just different leaders, cause conflicts.

    Maybe it is biases and underlying tensions, where we either seek to be part of the crowd or worry about what an effective collaboration means to me as an individual.

    Maybe it is that we just assume we all know how to collaborate and yet fail to make it work.

    Whatever the reason, organizations that talk the collaboration talk, often fail to walk the walk effectively.

    Let me give you an example.

    There is all kinds of research and commentary that effective collaboration requires, at a minimum, a well declared goal/purpose and clearly defined roles for “collaborators.”

    But let’s look at in practice using, you guess it Gartner’s Enterprise Technology Adoption Profiles (ETAs).

    I’m gonna make some connections between a few different research studies, but bear with me. There are 3 of our profiles where the “control” attribute is based on a Collaborative Approach between business and IT:

    • SCD – Strict Planners, Collaborative, Dynamic pace of change
    • ACR – Accommodating Planners, Collaborative, Responsive pace of change
    • FCM – Flexible Planners, Collaborative, Measured Pace of Change

    In our study of high quality deals (situations where both the customer and vendor are happy)”, we saw one of these groups stand out in terms of the % of high quality deals among our respondents:

    • SCD – 50%
    • ACR – 15%
    • FCM – 12%

    A big, big difference. That stood out, but then we did a second survey, where we asked respondents how much they agreed with a statement that basically said “we regret nearly every technology product we purchase via subscription.” The results (higher is worse, of course):

    • SCD – 28%
    • ACR- 71%
    • FCM – 71%

    Again, a huge difference. It seems that our SCD group has figured out how to collaborate. Their strict approach to technology planning and focus on moving as fast as it prudently possible helps them standout. The other two seem to muddle along, trying to delay or avoid decisions (yes, we have other research that shows those profiles have lots of no decisions) as much as possible.

    But just recently, I found some other data in some of our research. I’ll be writing about this with some colleagues, but we recently asked about roles responsible for decision making or influencing decisions around SaaS and IaaS/PaaS. What jumps out for me is all of these ETA groups involve a diverse set of roles in decisions, with a range of 8 to 11 roles typically involved.

    But, there was a big difference–the average number of roles designated as decision makers.  The means for the SCD groups was 3.69 (SaaS) and 3.20 (Iaas/PaaS).  The means for the ACR group was 5.12 and 4.77. Finally, the mean for the FCM group was 5.82 and 5.45. The two groups that struggle with effective decisions have significantly more people designated as decision makers (vs. influencers). More decision makers is not a bad thing–if the specific decision responsibilities are clear. But if they are muddled, then it backfires.

    Putting the data from the different studies together, it seems that the ACR and FCM groups have a lot of unclear roles and responsibilities, leading to paralysis, passing the buck, or just getting stuck (BTW, another fact from studies–these two groups have many more no decisions than any other ETA

    It is also important to remember that the ACR and FCM groups are two of the largest ETA groups–typically accounting for well over 40% of the market. For vendors, this is both a warning signal and an opportunity. Collaboration, done right, is powerful (look at the SCD group). You have an opportunity to help your customers that want to be collaborative, but haven’t figured out how, to do it more effectively. It will make a big difference for you, and them.

    Author: Hank Barnes

    Source: Gartner

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