The Leaders’ Data Organization is now addressing the popular topic of data literacy. It is easy to say “here is the definition of data literacy, and we will do that”. But it is astonishingly hard to start that journey, let alone change deeply embedded data behaviors and misconceptions in an organization. Based on our research, we determined a simple self-assessment would be of value to organizations.
Drawing on findings from a research project being conducted by the University of South Australia and Experience Matters into the barriers and benefits to organisations of effectively managing their Information Assets, Danette McGilvray, James Price and Tom Redman added their deep experience and knowledge to create the Diagram. Amongst many others, participants in the research include Board members and C-Level executives of organisations that include Australian Rail Track Corporation, Bell Helicopter (USA), Boeing (USA), City of Cape Town (South Africa), ConWay (USA), EDS (USA), Glacier (South Africa), Hewlett Packard (USA), Lowes (USA), National Australia Bank, Sanlam (South Africa), Verizon Communications (USA) and Wells Fargo (USA).
We are investigating a business contradiction. Every organisation studied recognises that they have data, information and knowledge i.e. their Information Assets that are vital to their business. Moreover our industry knowledge and Experience Matters’ anecdotal evidence indicates that the potential tangible benefits from improving the management of knowledge, information and data are conservatively estimated at $20,000.00 per knowledge worker per year. However, despite the recognised value and the large potential benefits, every organisation studied acknowledges that their Information Assets are not managed as well as they could or should be. When asked what the organisation would look like if it managed its Financial Assets with the same governance and discipline that it manages its Information Assets, one Oil & Gas executive declared that the company “would be broke in a week.” When invited to participate in our research, the Chair of the Board of a financial institution (effectively an information management organisation with a banking licence) replied, ““To be honest, I don’t really know much about this area and therefore don’t really think I can assist.”
We have a lot of evidence which is shared here. Please share it with others and start the conversation in your own organisation.