We've found that, on average, employees now spend 36 per cent of their time collecting and analyzing information.
But less than 40 per cent have the skills and judgment needed to use this information effectively for decision making.
The insight deficit poses a dilemma for CIOs as information management is often the main way in which IT can enable growth.
In business functions that are critical to growth:
- customer service
— we estimate that up to 80 per cent of IT enablement opportunities relate to:
- business intelligence
- the customer interface
Yet, the Insight Deficit means that investments in information management may lead to worse decision making.
To identify practical steps to overcome the Insight Deficit, we surveyed almost 5,000 knowledge workers at hundreds of organizations.
We looked at what drives their ability to find and analyze information to make decisions.
The results suggest that CIOs should refocus IT's information management efforts.
They should ask how they can equip the organization to use data and analysis to make better decisions, not how they can provide better data and analytic tools.
Information quality, architecture, and stewardship remain important, but IT teams also need five capabilities that help make information and analytic tools more usable, and build the skills and processes that underpin data-driven decision making:
1 Greater tools choice
Greater choice in analytic tools makes information more usable. Rationalization programs for analytic tools may over-standardize, leaving knowledge workers without necessary capabilities and opening the door to unofficial tools.
In response, progressive organizations provide choice without creating a free-for-all by offering a portfolio of tools aligned to a list of analytic capabilities.
At one insurance company we spoke to, this means two-to-three primary analytic tools, and another six or so tools for niche capabilities.
2 Visualization and filtering
Many knowledge workers struggle to use information from supposedly user-ready reports.