It happened often lately, especially when working within the frames of ambitious transformation programs, in large organizations, to hear excitement around “data platforms”. Teams often end up imagining a great promise of value coming from the capability to aggregate data, at a certain moment in the future.
"Data will make everyone smarter!" everybody cheers, imagining armies of data consumers and data flow producers. Data is everything! They tend to say.
This week we share with you our reflection on why one needs to focus on understanding and integrating the business context, before even thinking about data.
The Post in Brief
- data is not a magic wand to solve a team’s little understanding of the context that the team is targeting with a platform strategy;
- especially in industrial contexts finding ways to de-fragment and break silos, and competition patterns is key to make strategies that can generate network effects;
- designing shared governance and shared investing programs are two very much needed practices to master platforms in industrial contexts.