What is data democratisation?

Data democratisation removes bottlenecks to data and ensures business users can access the data they need, when they need it.

Put simply, it can be defined as making information accessible to non-technical, business user, without involving an IT or Data team. The democratisation of data empowers growth

Why data democratisation?

Typically, data has remained in the hands of a few. Traditionally data has been owned and guarded by a data or IT team. As organisations looked to become more data driven, more requests were made to the gatekeepers, resulting in bottlenecks. Even if data was accessible, it was in formats that were difficult for business users to understand.

If you want a data driven organisation, data democratisation is crucial. It empowers teams to use data to drive decision making, leading to informed decisions which aren’t based on gut feel. As a result, individuals are able to take greater accountability and ownership over their decisions.

Accessing and understanding data not only makes for more strategic decision making, it also makes decision making faster.

Barriers

There are some key barriers to businesses democratising their data.

Firstly, siloed data. Data that is only accessible to individual business functions or executives prevents data democratisation. In turn, this prevents growth. A single source of truth accessible by all is necessary to generate value from your data. This allows you to tell your business story.

Often data remains siloed as a result of fear. Businesses fear that they may lose the integrity of data if it is available to many. Fears surrounding the interpretation and use of data can prevent its democratisation.

A lack of knowledge as to how to democratise data is yet another barrier. Finally, without the tech and tooling to achieve data democratisation, it’s impossible.

The pathway

Gatekeepers of data results in bottlenecks. Data democratisation enables everyone to have access to the data they need when they need it. Modern tech and tools makes this easy.

Tools that enable data visualisation and the automatic generation of reports and dashboards have allowed business users to access data in a consumable format. No longer is data the preserve of a few analytical minded, SQL proficient individuals. BI tools enable self serve. However, in order to achieve accurate, data rich dashboards that tell the story of your business, a data warehouse is necessary.

A cloud data warehouse is key to removing silos and centralising data, providing the intermediary step between data sources and visualisation. However, constructing a warehouse and bringing business data together can be difficult – kleene makes this easy!

The easy way to data democratisation

Effective data democratisation is crucial. It should not be a case of all the data for everyone. Rather, relevant data for those who need it.

kleene makes it easy. With the right tools in place, accessing and understanding data is easy.

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