More than 60 percent of respondents to a KPMG survey taken during Oracle OpenWorld, said their organization has a defined data and analytics strategy. However, only 39 percent of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that senior management had access to the rising volume of data gathered from the marketplace necessary to predict the needs of their customers. This "unstructured" data is typically generated by customers, vendors and analysts over websites, by mobile device users, and via social networking.
As a result, senior management remains increasingly challenged to analyze current data and to act meaningfully on the results, according to 45 percent of more than 370 executives surveyed during the IT conference. In addition, more than one-quarter of respondents said their major challenge has been dealing with data raining in from other sources.
The old conventions for measuring, managing and monitoring a business—as well as assuring the quality of its data—will be stressed to new extremes as speed, the need for trustworthy information and machine learning continue to influence the marketplace.
Further, 29 percent of respondents said advances in data and analytics would fundamentally change their business or industry in the next five years. Forty-two percent of respondents said data and analytics would have an important impact in several areas of their industry or business, though more than one-third (36 percent) of those questioned said it will be at least one to three years before their company can implement a data and analytics strategy that allows predictive insights into the market.
Other findings included:
-- Forty-five percent of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that data analysis was on their board of directors' agenda.
-- Forty-five percent of those surveyed said their company tends of focus more on data security than on using data to improve core business operations.
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