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Data Literate

How To Cultivate A Data Literate Workforce

The interesting thing about data is that you don’t have to be a data scientist or know the difference between databases to be data literate. Being data literate is having the ability to drive meaningful information from data. The part that is up for interpretation is the meaningful information. What looks useful to data scientists will most likely mean nothing to a sales executive and vice versa. However, both parties have much to gain from data. So how do you, a business manager in an organization overseeing different teams with different goals, ensure that all your employees are data literate?

First, let’s be clear about two things: 1) Data can be understood by anyone with the right tools/training, and 2) encouraging a data-literate workforce is easier than you think. However, a recent study shows that only 20% of business leaders consider themselves data literate. This translates into a workforce that has limited access to data tools and knowledge. According to a recent Gartner report, one of the most significant roadblocks to progress is poor data literacy. [read more]

Source: Nimrod Kaplan | Forbes