Discover VIA and why Data Literacy will Change You

Written by Jesse Spencer

Last Updated: April 24, 2019

VIA - Defining The Language of Information

The digital enterprise thrives when the workforce speaks “data.” The success of digital transformation, data and analytics projects, and data-driven solutions depends on a new kind of literacy - data literacy. In fact, data literacy is a key trigger for innovation.

VIAData literacy is gained by learning information as the new second language of business.

Users of modern data tools speak “data” fluently, but outside of their cult circles, there isn’t a strong understanding of how data context, sources, models, analytical methods or techniques are connected to business outcomes. This lack of fluency within an organization limits effectiveness of enterprise-wide projects and prevents maximizing value from data and analytics initiatives.

“I am a part of everything that I have read.” – Theodore Roosevelt.

Just as literacy affects individual, economic, and societal development, workers who speak “data” also have far-reaching impact. They have more opportunities to succeed. And organizations with a data literate workforce make digital transformation and adoption of analytics and business intelligence initiatives easier.

Three Keys to Successful ISL

1. Start with the End in Mind

data-start-with-end-in-mindCreate a compelling reason for why data literacy is worth the investment and what the outcome will be. The value proposition you create will be similar to that of digital transformation. Think beyond the users and consumers of data. The impact is more far-reaching. Business leaders whose function is not data-driven may discover opportunities for improvement by creating and using meaningful data.

2. No Person Left Behind

data-no-person-left-behindGet maximum value by including all decision makers within the organization. Make data literacy personal by showing a clear connection between outcome, decisions, and data. Leaders responsible for making ISL training and development a priority who feel a personal need for better data-centered decision making will offer their support more readily.

3. Resource Alignment

data-resource-alignmentDetermine what resources you need to get started. This is important because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all ISL educational framework. Although there are tools available for initial assessments and online courses, plan to tailor materials to your own needs based on organizational culture and the tools and processes you use. By aligning resources early-on, you ensure better adoption and more relevant curriculum.



First published by Jesse Spencer April 01, 2019

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