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Data literacy in the real world: how to make it a reality

Dr. Paul Barth, Global Head of Data Literacy, Qlik


Experts share their advice for kickstarting enterprise data literacy initiatives at Qlik World.

Experts share their advice for kickstarting enterprise data literacy initiatives at Qlik World

Many businesses now understand the fundamental importance of upskilling their workforce to confidently read write, analyze and argue with data. Far from being the preserve of the technical, these skills are increasingly a necessity for broader organizational success.

At Qlik, we’re speaking with more businesses than ever, around the world, about how to instil a culture that empowers employees to take informed action from data. The appetite to support the workforce with the tools and skills they need to thrive in a data-driven world has been phenomenal.

But despite this clarity, getting momentum behind data literacy initiatives can be daunting and requires a clear strategy, a pragmatic roadmap and executive buy-in. Employees both have varied training requirements and, often, limited time to engage with initiatives outside the day job – so how can businesses get tangible data literacy initiatives off the ground?

We’ve seen first-hand that it can be done. Whether working with British telecoms giant BT to democratize employee data access to enable better customer service decisions, or upskilling Samsung’s staff in data to realize the potential of its smartBI program, data literacy initiatives are powerful drivers of growth even in the largest enterprises.

Earlier this year at Qlik World, a free virtual event that brought together a global community of Qlik customers, partners and leading data experts to discuss how to activate the power of data and analytics in the enterprise, we heard the impact that improving data literacy can have.

I had the pleasure of moderating a conversation with Angelika Klidas, Co-Founder of Data Literacy Geek; Anuya Sheorey, Manager, Digital Experience at Arizona Public Services; and Beatrice Dlesk, Data Architect at Lockheed Martin. During the session, we heard the panellists’ real-world experiences of launching data literacy programs – sharing learnings and best practice for building a business case and scaling adoption once your program has kicked off.

Don’t miss Angelika Klidas discussing why companies need to consider the human side of data analytics at 4:50 and for Beatrice Dlesk on how to scale data literacy in a large organization, jump to 7:45. You can also skip ahead to 15:30 to hear from Anuya Shorey about how to retain a data-driven culture with regular initiatives and employee engagement.

Watch now!

You can access all the sessions from the event on demand via the Qlik World website and we’d welcome any feedback on the topics you want to hear more of at future events.

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