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Exploring investment priority

What is the right balance between improving decisions, operations and monetisation?
So thanks for doing the exercise of working out where you would allocate your funding in terms of which value pot you are going for, so whether it’s most on improved decision making improved operations, or a monetization. So if you were mostly in this space here, so if you are mostly thinking about improved decision making, this is a place where you want to see the data, and you want to make better decisions, you’ve probably got a dashboard in place. So this is about working out, where to start where to focus what’s important for your organisation. If you’re mostly in this space, probably tends to be coming from a lot of process heavy organisations and industry.
So manufacturing, construction, not exclusively, but again, that’s where the focus is I need to work out on improving my operations. What we find though, is that these two are quite set, symbiotic, in relationship. So once I have a dashboard and I see what’s going on, it usually helps me identify something in my operations I want to improve and vice versa. If I’m focusing on an operation, how do I track that to make sure it’s moving in the right direction, so decision making, so these two quite symbiotic together.
If you were mostly in the monetization space, probably you’re already quite a data rich, data centric organisation, I would be saying like the big companies like Facebook, Amazon, Google, etc, that they are data companies at their heart. Most organisations are not those companies, though the exception being what we’ve seen anyway is like startups and scale ups that know they are data organisations at their very heart, so if you’re in here, you know that you’ve got data and data is your business. If you’re not in there, then what I would do is avoid falling in love with monetization. I’ve drawn it as a bag of money, but there’s not a bag of money under your table.
There is a lot of responsibility as we discovered earlier about why monetization is not the first place to go because of how you get set up, who’s going to actually pay for it? But it’s okay actually to have nothing in here, as I say the majority of people we’ve seen have been in this improved decision making, improved operations. Picking a moving back and forward between the two.

As we saw in the video:

  • Mostly “improving decision making” is indicative of the early stages of exploring data value and a good place to start as it helps you identify what data you have, what data you need and how much you trust that data to make decisions.
  • Mostly “Improving operations” is indicative of manufacturing or process intense industries. This is also a good place to start as it forces you to identify what success looks like and what needs to be tracked.
  • Mostly “monetisation of data” is indicative of data-heavy companies, often startups, whose “reason for being” is to drive monetary value from the data they have.

It may be worth you revisiting this at the end of the course to see if your views have changed.

Let’s use the workbooks to bring this alive. Based upon what has been discussed, take a moment to capture some ideas for your opportunities using the Data Value Canvas.

The table from the Data Value Canvas for capturing ideas on improving decision making, improving operations and monetisation.Data Value Canvas (Click to expand)

Again there are no right or wrong ideas at this stage – we will revisit these later in the course.

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