I am oftentimes on the front lines of receiving emails and calls from people interested in what Juice does, what we think, and what we have to offer. Most of the conversations I have are exploratory in nature where someone is reaching out to see if Juicebox would be a good fit for the project they are thinking about. From my experience in having conversations with companies that are working on a data project, I have noticed a few common themes.
- Companies are usually good at collecting data, and with modern technology it is relatively straightforward. Cloud storage is easy to obtain and becoming cheaper, but organizations struggle with the presentation of that data. (Hint: We can help with that!)
- Most companies have a way to access that data, but often they may not know where it is or what department or manager has access to it.
- There is usually one person who has the vision to bring all of it together in one place, but he or she doesn't have to support to bring the project to life.
Knowing that we can help, that person and I usually discuss what it would take to get the project off the ground. I usually hear "We have been talking about this for a long time, it is a headache, but no one will own it." I reply with, "What is stopping you from owning this and starting your data project?"
Since it is the season of New Year's resolutions, I will pose the same question to you. What is stopping you from starting your data project? Is it ownership, complexity, or maybe even leadership? Whatever it is, it is time to start. As organizations grow, complexity increases, making it more difficult. Now is the time!
There are hundreds of articles out there about data and the business value it can offer an organization. If your problem is leadership, I recommend putting together a business case as to why your organization needs to do this. The amount of time and labor to bring that data into an organized, aggregated fashion is often constrained by the amount of time available and the fact that no one has ownership.
It usually isn't a matter of technological constraints because there is a myriad of technologies out there to gather, store, organize, disseminate, and present data. Usually it is a matter of becoming organized and the time commitment necessary to complete the project. Often there is one person who has all the relevant knowledge about where the data is and what format it is in. I recommend buying that person lunch and picking their brain about the problem. Chances are they already have some ideas about how it can be solved.
So go ahead, impress your boss, start that data project you've been putting off for months!
Have questions about starting your data project? Don't hesitate to reach out! Get in touch with us either via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message.