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The future of data and analytics: Insights from Gartner's recent summit

The Fullstory Team
Posted March 28, 2024
The future of data and analytics: Insights from Gartner's recent summit

The recent Gartner Data and Analytics Summit illuminated the path forward in data and analytics, offering a blend of visionary insights and practical strategies. Here's a recap of the essential takeaways enriched with Fullstory's innovative perspective on leveraging behavioral data.

Key takeaways

Strategic leadership and organizational flexibility

  1. Collective intelligence:
    The imperative for businesses is to harmonize artificial intelligence capabilities with human expertise, aiming to solve complex problems and optimize business outcomes. This collaborative approach unlocks new opportunities for innovation and operational efficiency.

  2. Leadership paradigms:
    A reimagined approach to leadership that promotes distributed authority enables individuals across an organization to initiate and lead projects. This fosters a culture of empowerment, agility, and innovation at all levels.

  3. CDAO’s central role:
    The evolving significance of Chief Data and Analytics Officers underscores their crucial role in guiding organizations through the complexities of data governance, ethical AI usage, and realizing the full value of analytics investments.

Education and skills development

  1. Education on GenAI:
    Data and Analytics leaders are responsible for educating their organization's executive leadership about generative AI's strategic value, capabilities, and implications, ensuring a foundation of informed decision-making.

  2. Data literacy and AI mastery:
    Organizations need to enhance data literacy broadly, incorporating a deep understanding of AI to equip their workforce for future technological challenges. This necessitates securing and dedicating resources for comprehensive training and skill development.

Ethical governance and risk management

  1. Ethical governance:
    The prediction that many organizations will not fully realize the potential of their AI initiatives due to the lack of cohesive ethical governance frameworks highlights the critical need for robust ethical guidelines and practices.

  2. AI and data trends for 2024 and beyond:
    Future governance is anticipated to evolve into a strategic business element, emphasizing the importance of aligning data and AI initiatives with overarching business goals while managing risks related to intellectual property and privacy concerns.

Innovation and value realization from AI and data analytics

  1. Organizational flexibility:
    The recommendation to reconfigure operational models to support autonomy and flexibility will enable organizations to adapt more swiftly to changes in the market and technological advancements.

  2. Leading priorities for D&A in 2024:
    Critical focus areas for leveraging data and analytics include embracing complexity, enhancing financial acumen, fostering empowerment through governance, and deepening organizational understanding of these technologies.

  3. Data-driven change management:
    Establishing a culture ready for change, underpinned by strong leadership, compelling data-driven narratives, and strategic initiatives, is crucial. Data and analytics play a pivotal role in driving organizational change towards better business outcomes.

  4. Scaling GenAI:
    Addressing practical challenges in scaling generative AI technologies involves creating adaptable, frameworks that are informed by high-quality data that ensure clear business value, manage risks effectively, and integrate seamlessly with existing systems and processes.

Navigating change and innovation

  1. Data-driven change management:
    Effective change management in today's data-driven era requires establishing a dedicated team, developing engaging data-driven change narratives, and strategies for overcoming resistance to change.

  2. Scaling GenAI:
    Frameworks that support the application of generative AI are necessary because these systems must be rooted in ethical data practices, adaptable to business needs, and scalable to support innovation while complying with governance standards.

Insights from Fullstory's Session

At the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit, Fullstory's Phil Simpson shared the pivotal role of behavioral data in modern business strategies in his session, Leveraging Behavioral Data to Supercharge Your Program. He pinpointed the gap between data abundance and its practical use for enhancing customer experiences. Digital behavioral data, he emphasized, is crucial for understanding customer behaviors and motivations beyond traditional data insights.

Simpson highlighted the ability of behavioral insights to transform customer interactions from generic to personalized, tackling friction points effectively to boost satisfaction and loyalty. He also illustrated how Fullstory’s automation of behavioral data analysis empowers businesses to focus on strategic decisions and foster proactive, personalized customer engagement.

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