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Data governance moves past throwing facts together

Data governance moves past throwing facts together

To be “enterprising” is to be eager to undertake or to attempt. To show initiative and be resourceful. These are leadership traits, so to be enterprising is to lead. ‘Analytics’ is how we use data to inform decision making, in the context of achieving business objectives. These are management practices, so analytics is about management.

SwissCognitive“Enterprising analytics” is about being creative, resourceful and adventurous with decision-making to achieve business objectives. It is about the set of leadership and management practices that need to be in place for an organization to make the most of its analytics investment.

Throwing facts together

There are no facts about the future. There are only facts about the past. The only thing we know about the future is conjecture. Conjecture means “an opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information.” The Latin root of conjecture meant to “throw facts together.” When the word entered English it meant “interpret signs and omens”, which isn’t how most business leaders want to make strategy.

But, unfortunately, it’s how most of us do our strategy work in general, let alone our data strategy. We throw facts together and interpret omens in elaborate rituals (i.e. business meetings). Business leaders are often sold on the merits of as mitigation for this problem. But can simply mean moving from reading your daily stars to calculating your natal birth chart . Applying more rigor to a flawed technique doesn’t improve the technique.

But, unfortunately, it’s how most of us do our strategy work in general, let alone our data strategy. We throw facts together and interpret omens in elaborate rituals (i.e. business meetings). Business leaders are often sold on the merits of as mitigation for this problem. But can simply mean moving from reading your daily stars to calculating your natal birth chart. Applying more rigor to a flawed technique doesn’t improve the technique.

Much of what you’ll end up with is an illusion of control: the belief that events are causally related when they are not. Anthropologists have long studied our potential to indulge in the illusion of control (i.e. superstitions) when confronted with times of increasing uncertainties. Being sold the panacea of prediction is a serious risk for the modern business executive, especially if it’s seasoned with magical phrases such as ‘’ or ‘big data’. Getting too involved in prediction is something best avoided by the unwary, unskilled or overconfident. […]

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