IT Blinders – Why Data Literacy Programs are part of CIO’s agenda?

Why are Data Literacy Programs part of a CIO’s agenda?

Is it enough for the CIO to provide the data to users?

In a lot of the cases, CIOs are tasked with providing the data to users, so that they can make better data-driven decisions to achieve a competitive advantage or optimize operations. But if users are not data literate, just having access to the data is not going to solve any business problems. Data Literacy should be a shared responsibility and must be in Chief Information Officer’s agenda. If CIOs fail to do make users data literate, things may not look great for the CIO because the business cannot make data-driven decisions and everyone will go back to the CIO and her team to understand the problem. We may call this a data analytics myopic view when the IT organization does not keep the end goal in mind which is users being able to make better business decisions. Users need to understand the sources of the data, the validation process, and the definitions of metrics.

The more data literate the users, the better they can make decisions using data.

Part 1/2-A Ride with Data Literates-Centers of Excellence vs Enterprise Data Literacy Program (EDLP)

A Ride with Data Literates is a series of Vlogs that we record as we travel to client sites or go to events. We talk about our practical experiences and tips and tricks for building an Enterprise Data Literacy Program (EDLP).

In this episode, we are on our way back from a client site where we started a new CoE or Enterprise Data Literacy Program. On this Ride with Data Literates you will find out the similarities between these 2 programs.

Can you have a data literate culture if people don’t have access to the data?

Can you democratize data without a Center of Excellence?

What is the role that data ethics plays in a data literate culture?

Watch part 2 to understand whether an Enterprise Data Literacy programs can be effective without centers of excellence or vice versa.