Worries about data quality put pressure on IT pros

Business needs force organizations to seek meaningful findings faster, says David Stodder.

Data quality issues continue to plague the large majority of organizations, according to a new report from research firm TDWI.

The study found that 86 percent of the 411 organizations it surveyed are not fully satisfied with the quality of their data, and 94 percent are not very satisfied with their processes for addressing data duplication.

That puts a broad array of IT executives and professionals—including business and data analysts, line-of-business and departmental directors—under pressure to reduce the time needed to extract meaningful insights from data. As a result, more than 80 percent are evaluating self-service data preparation and infrastructure changes to accelerate information-driven decision-making.

“To compete effectively, organizations need faster time to insight,” says David Stodder, TDWI’s senior director of business intelligence research and the author of the report. “Our research shows that most users are unhappy with how much time they spend doing data preparation themselves or waiting for IT to do it.”

The report reveals strong interest in improving data preparation and increasing self-service capabilities, so that business users and analysts can do more and do it more quickly on their own, while freeing up IT to be more productive and less bogged down with repetitive tasks.

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