As organizations adopt new business models and strategies, data and analytics investments are increasingly driven by line-of-business leaders. Culture is often the biggest barrier to success. Leadership, culture and the organization are now the core of the data and analytics leader’s scope. A necessary condition of success is the ability to inspire everyone in the organization to align to your shared vision. Forming partnerships between business and data and analytics teams is now more pressing than ever.

Take a deeper look at developing a data-centric culture before heading to the conference with a selection of topic-specific content, including Smarter With Gartner articles, webinars and Gartner Predicts research. 

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Data and analytics leaders must engage and train their entire organization to become data literate.

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data,” said Sherlock Holmes. The words of literature’s most famous detective ring true nearly 100 years later. Organizations today should take note, as the potential for data-driven business strategies and information products is greater than ever.

“The goal is to build a data-driven enterprise,” says Mike Rollings, research vice president at Gartner. “And although digital business thrives on data and its analysis, we still see that data and analytics only plays a supportive role when it comes to business initiatives. This has to change.”

Rollings adds that data and analytics leaders — especially chief data officers — should be at the forefront of that change, and shares key steps that data and analytics leaders can take to make their organization a data-driven enterprise.

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Data and analytics leaders need to encourage an organizational culture that is data-literate and that values information as an asset.

Literacy is no longer defined as just the ability to read and write. There are several other skills people must master in order to solve problems and gain knowledge. Data literacy — the ability to read, write and communicate data in context — is among the most important abilities for organizations today.

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Discussion topics:

  • How the role of data and analytics is changing
  • What your data and analytics strategy should look like
  • Best practices to maximize your data and analytics

What should my data and analytics strategy look like is one of the most common questions that the Gartner data and analytics research leaders are asked. The role of data and analytics is changing, from being a discipline itself to becoming a set of capabilities in support of the wider digital strategy or transformation. In this complimentary data and analytics webinar, we share best practices on building a modern D&A strategy.

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Gartner Predicts

  • By 2022, 90% of corporate strategies will explicitly mention information as a critical enterprise asset and analytics as an essential competency.
  • By 2023, data literacy will become an explicit and necessary driver of business value, demonstrated by its formal inclusion in over 80% of data and analytics strategies and change management programs.

Want to dig deeper?

Gartner Data & Analytics Summit 2020 has a dedicated track: 

Leadership and Culture: Build the Resilient Organization

This track discusses topics that are high on the agenda for strategically minded leaders: Driving innovation; creating compelling narratives; building and managing creative teams; rewiring culture, skills and roles development; closing talent gaps; addressing data literacy and communicating value; and learning what successful leaders, such as chief data officers (CDOs), do.