What is a Data Audit for data science
A data audit for data innovation is a process which seeks to provide recommendations that facilitate realistic collection, processing, usage, securing, transmission and storage of data in a manner that supports affluent innovation and attainment of expected ROI. 90% of all data analytics projects fail because businesses have not put in time to understand whether the existing data assets can help the business achieve its strategic milestones. Data assets simply refers to all components that are involved in capture, storage and consumption of outputs of a business process which could be an application output file, document, database, or teams that companies use to generate revenues. Data assets are some of the most valuable assets in the technology era, and organizations spend billions of dollars to manage the assets.
A data audit takes an inventory of your data assets and provides guidelines on its usability. Critical to performing a data audit Do you know what data you have available? Are you making the most of it or Do you know how to make use of it?
Why conduct a data audit before a data innovation project?
A data audit seeks to answer three key questions.
- From your existing data (primary & secondary), are you able to address all your strategic objectives?
- Are there any anomalies in your data that could prevent you from achieving your business goals?
- What is the ‘Rich & Reach’ in your data?
Lack of a data audit for data innovation?
This is so far the most important stage before a business invests in a data project. A data audit for data innovation is a process which seeks to provide recommendations that facilitate realistic collection, processing, usage, securing, transmission and storage of data in a manner that supports affluent innovation and attainment of expected ROI. To perform a data audit for data science means being able to:
- Review all existing data and data sources (both primary and secondary).
- Match strategic objectives with data assets available.
- Identify gaps in the data ecosystem that may prevent the organization from achieving its strategic objectives and recommending way forward.
- Identify additional innovation avenues that the organization has not thought about also called the “Data Rich & Reach”.
- Assess data collection tools and data pipelines.
- Assess organization wide data storage and protection needs.
- Assess data collection points, identify gaps and recommend corrective measures hitherto.
To jump start your data innovation journey and realize a profitable venture, seek to create a data strategy which works hand in hand with a data audit for data innovation. The data innovation strategy will create an ideal road map bespoke to your organizations current and future market positioning. The deliverable will present a report which maps strategic pillars to profitable initiatives, creating a clear road map on products, services and data innovation for future growth and profitability.
To be sure of your data investment, the data audit will identify content and structural gaps in the data ecosystem that may prevent the organization from achieving its strategic objectives. The deliverables will consist of a detailed report with recommendations and adjustments in readiness for data innovation.
How to conduct a data audit for data science the Nakala Way?
In Nakala Analytics, we have adopted a unique cost effective way to help you jump start your data innovation journey. Our essential building blocks for creating a workable data strategy demands that we give each & every business unit a chance to think through the past and envisage the future.
- Create a detailed data collection process which seeks to understand the current positioning of the business as well as the needs of the organization.
- Evaluate all data resources while looking out for areas of innovation that will maximize achievement of your objectives.
- Prepare a data report and proceed to create your data strategy.
- Following an environmental scan and a thorough data audit, SWOT Analysis will be used as a tool to evaluate internal and external influences which are dependent on data and its effects towards supporting the overall mission and vision of the company now and in the future.