It’s easy to get excited about a grand vision for the future but don’t focus on the destination at the expense of the people who will help get you there.

Your people can’t be expected to deliver data transformation from a standing start, armed with their current capabilities. They need the right blend of deep analytics and data science skills, as well as time to develop an understanding of the systems and tools they use to support your business. A curious mindset and an appreciation for cross-business collaboration is also key.

To find the right people, consider hiring effectively and teaching data capabilities through training, on-the-job experience and sharing best practice or outsourcing to experienced data analytics providers. Both are valid options. The trick is to understand the optimum mix at any given time and to keep one eye on building long-term sustainability.

Take the time to consider data skills as a core part of the upfront planning, informing and shaping of your company’s data operating model. There’s no single blueprint, so your people should help shape the model that’s right for you.

Remember, it’s better to prove value and grow incrementally than flood your organisation with new faces then find you have a credibility problem if they fail to deliver.

Download our full guide ‘Power to your people’ on the six ways to put people at the heart of your data transformation.

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DAVID HOLLIDAY | PARTNER

Having worked across a broad range of FTSE100 organisations for 20 years, David specialises in complex digital and data led transformation programmes. He regularly coaches and challenges board level teams to lead effective change.

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