What is Data Democratization?
Data democratization is an ongoing effort that ensures all users within an organization are capable and confident in accessing and utilizing their organization’s data. People within the enterprise should have the ability to talk about data and feel comfortable to talk to others like data owners regarding any questions they may have. They must know how to use the tools to engage with data assets and be able to use them to facilitate their tasks.
In other words, there must be an overarching framework and culture in the organization where users feel empowered to make data informed decisions.
Benefits of Data Democratization
People are smart. If we don’t know how to solve a problem, we go into problem solving mode. If we don’t know an answer, we’ll figure out who does and ask them. When given a chance to show their ingenuity, time and time again they will take what they have and go above and beyond what was expected of them. That is the idea of data democratization, which provides your organization with the systems, structure and social network to unlock its potential value. Here are some of the benefits your business will get with data democratization:
1. Empowered employees
Each individual will be provided with more resources and will use the insights they gain from them to improve their performance. Data democratization also encourages users to access and use data, giving them more freedom and growth potential than rigid work cultures.
With each individual brain within your organization provided with further insights and encouraged to use them, it is inevitable that more ideas will be generated. Data democratization removes the gatekeepers of knowledge and work culture that prevents new ideas being generated and developed into innovations.
3. Seamless remote work and constant workflows
Today, remote work is just as prevalent as work done at the office. Enterprises hire interstate, overseas and sometimes working from home is necessary or even more beneficial. Regardless of where your employees work from, they are provided with the ability and resources to perform their tasks. Data democratization drives workflows no matter what may happen, to ensure the organization stays on track.
4. Increased overall productivity
With the above benefits in mind, efficiency and productivity is increased in the overall workforce. With each employee empowered within a data democracy, decisions are made better and faster, the organization works in a streamlined manner, and customer experience is improved. Data democratization bolsters your organization to work more efficiently and productively.