I have lost track of the number of times that I have seen people talk about data literacy initiatives, implement solutions, and mention how businesses will thrive if they do x, y, and z. And every single time I read an article or read another “success” story, the one element that needs consideration is left out. People.
Guest Post by Nicola Osinake ‘Digital transformation’ describes anything from the recruitment of data scientists, purchasing a new software package or deploying emerging technology such as AI (Artificial Intelligence). Despite this myriad of interpretations there are two things in common. First: Data will be used and created. Second: Change is inevitable. To enable the majorityContinue reading “How Data is Changing Successful Leadership”
by Allen Hillery Lisa Trescott won the 2021 Iron Viz competition with dazzling and concise visuals and awesome storytelling! For those who may not know about Iron Viz, it’s the largest data visualization competitions where contenders from around the globe compete for bragging rights and a $10,000 cash prize and $5,000 towards a non-profit ofContinue reading “Getting to Know 2021 Iron Viz Winner, Lisa Trescott!”
Guest post by Jason Thompson, CEO of 33 Sticks. Starting my analytics journey In 2004, I found myself out of a job, scared, worried, not knowing where my next paycheck would come from until a friend reached out to me saying, “hey, do you want to join this small company called Omniture, we do webContinue reading “A Is For Analytics: A Children’s Book Designed to Create a New Data Literate Generation”
We haven’t had many posts lately, and there’s a reason for that. We’ve been launching a podcast!
Keep in mind that Data Literacy is not binary but rather is on a continuum. Everyone has some basic data skills, and others are pretty adept at viewing and understanding, and incorporating data into their daily practices. But as the business data world evolves, these basic data literacy skills also continue to grow.
As an Internal Auditor, despite everyone talking about the need to use more data, I noticed that in reality, few auditors did. It was evident that simply repeating ‘you need to use data’ was not leading to change.
Again, here’s the long-term problem we’re going to continue to encounter if we don’t create a sense of urgency around data literacy – our talent pipeline will be smaller and less diverse with time.
Data literacy looks like you, it looks like me, it looks like your neighbor. It looks like the cashier who rang up your groceries. It looks like the food service worker you bought your meal from. It looks like your aging parents and your young children. It looks like people you have never met.
“You can gain so much inspiration from someone’s story; for someone like me who found themselves using data as part of their work unexpectedly, seeing people who didn’t have traditional backgrounds in data analysis or data science helped motivate me to continue the path.”