Those able to make the most progress fastest stand to capture the highest value from data-supported capabilities. Reducing the time it takes to respond to data requests can generate cost savings of 30–40 per cent; organisations that simplify their data architecture, minimise data fragmentation and decommission redundant systems can reduce their IT costs and investments by 20–30 per cent.49

When business stakeholders provide increasingly sophisticated data requirements to a data team without intentionally considering the underlying architecture required to support them, they add significant drag to operations. Data leaders at every level must take every opportunity to educate their stakeholders about everyone’s ...

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