How to Build a Data Strategy

In a world drowning in data, do you feel like your data strategy is not only keeping you afloat, but also propelling your organisation to deliver excellence and innovation? 

If your answer is ‘no’ or ‘not sure’, then it is time to prioritise your data and document a robust strategy, so that your data can enable your business to deliver its ambitions. Think of it as drawing a roadmap for your organisation’s data-driven destiny – the GPS to success, if you will.  


Why is this important?

In today’s digital age, where data flows from multiple sources and carves the landscape of industries, having a robust data strategy is critical. An effective data strategy not only safeguards against the ever-growing threats of cyber vulnerabilities but is the foundation for informed decision-making. It converts raw data into actionable insights, supporting businesses to stay ahead of their competition. Furthermore, with regulatory landscapes tightening, a robust IT data strategy becomes a shield, facilitating compliance and processes whilst fostering trust with stakeholders. Simply put, a data strategy is the cornerstone for organisational resilience, innovation, and sustained success. 


The building blocks of a data strategy 

A data strategy consists of key principles and practices which link and facilitate the business achieving its goals. Consider each building block below to build a data strategy: 

Data Governance – establishing policies & procedures to ensure data quality, integrity & security. 

Ensuring that your data is compliant will be crucial to business operations and reputation, GDPR laws being a recent example. Your strategy must detail the actions taken to implement data quality standards and, importantly, the roles and responsibilities of the team in maintaining them. Your data governance will help to maintain the accuracy and reliability of your data. 


Data Management – the processes for collecting, storing, and retrieving data. 

Getting hold of data should be simple, fast and easily accessible. Consider how your business manages the provision and storage of data. Do you have master databases and integrations into software applications? Or is your business held up on the stilts of Excel spreadsheets? Ensure that these processes are clear, maintainable and responsive. 


Data Analytics and Business Intelligence – the tools available to analyse & extract valuable data. 

Bolster your data insights and ability to make more informed decisions through the use of business intelligence. Dashboards and trend analysis are no longer futuristic, they should be fundamental to business leaders as they shape and guide their business forward. Your data strategy should detail the tools available for this and how they should be used.

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Data security – Implementing measures to protect data from unauthorised access.

As data becomes increasingly valuable, protecting it from security threats is essential. Consider how you are protecting your data; either through encryption, access controls, or audits. Your customers trust you with their data, there is nothing more sacred than that for you to protect. 

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Roadmap – alignment to business strategy and the plan for growth. 

It is important to acknowledge that a data strategy is a live document, that should evolve with the changing environment. To do that, you need a plan with prioritised goals that align with the business needs and ambitions. Let’s be real, you can’t do everything at once, so plan ahead at a pace that suits without compromising any of the other building blocks.   

In the dynamic realm of digital transformation, a robust data strategy is your GPS. It’s the cornerstone to unlocking innovation, ensuring compliance, and gaining a competitive edge. Take the first step and start by conducting an honest assessment of your current data landscape – understanding where you are today is the first step towards a greater success in this data driven world. 

If your organisation needs help to understand the tools, technology and culture you need to unlock a strong data strategy, get in touch today.

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Why Choose Us?

At Nine Feet Tall, we’re your strategic partners in navigating the complex landscape of data strategy. With a blend of innovation and proven methodologies, we craft solutions tailored to your organisation’s unique needs. Our team of experts brings a wealth of experience to the table, ensuring that your data strategy is not just a plan but a roadmap to success. We prioritise collaboration, working hand-in-hand with your team to unlock the full potential of your data assets. Trust Nine Feet Tall for insightful guidance, practical solutions, and a commitment to driving measurable results. Choose us to transform your data challenges into strategic advantages.

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