Precisely, the global leader in data integrity, today released new findings from a global survey of over 450 data and analytics professionals conducted in collaboration with the Center for Business Analytics at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business (LeBow). The 2023 Data Integrity Trends and Insights Report1 uncovered poor data quality as a pervasive theme for organisations across the industry, with 70 percent of those with low levels of trust in their data pointing to data quality as the biggest challenge to making confident decisions.
The findings reveal a concerning disconnect, with 77 percent of the professionals surveyed naming data-driven decision-making as their top goal for data programmes in 2023. This was closely followed by the desire to improve operational efficiency (73 percent), reduce costs (62 percent), generate revenue (59 percent), and improve regulatory compliance (57 percent) — all of which rely on trusted data to be successful.
“Data leaders are being called upon more than ever to enable data-driven decision-making, which is fundamental to driving every one of the top business priorities identified by the research,” said Kevin Ruane, chief marketing officer at Precisely. “The survey provides a benchmark for organisations in their journey to data integrity — highlighting both pockets of progress and areas for continuous improvement and investment.”
Quality issues dominate the data discussion
The study further illustrated the systemic impacts of poor data quality across organisations, named the number one impediment to successful data integration programs (60 percent) as well as the most common barrier to effective use of location data (41 percent) to inform decision-making.
“With data quality cited as both the leading challenge and the leading priority in 2023, it’s not surprising that less than half of respondents (46 percent) rated trust in their data as “high” or “very high,” said Murugan Anandarajan, PhD, professor of Decision Sciences & MIS and academic director, Centre for Business Analytics at LeBow.
More than half (53 percent) of those surveyed named data quality as the top priority for ensuring the integrity of their data. Furthermore, 71 percent of respondents reported that their organisations spend 25 percent or more of their work time preparing data for reporting and decision-making — a costly negative consequence of poor data quality.
Need for business agility drives new data priorities
Macro-economic impacts are also shaping the way that organizations approach data strategies. Decreases in staffing and resources (40 percent) plus budget reductions (37 percent) mean businesses are turning to technology to increase flexibility and drive down costs. Over half of the data leaders surveyed confirmed that they are moving workloads to the cloud (57 percent), with many also reporting that their organisation is currently going through digital transformation (42 percent).
Additionally, workflow automation (43 percent), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (41 percent), and DataOps (31 percent) are all complementary technologies being deployed to enable organisations to automate data management and processes. This also helps to address widespread data integrity issues even when people and skills are scarce — but come with their own challenges.
“These technologies raise the stakes on the need for data integrity — data that is accurate, consistent and contextual to the business purpose,” added Ruane. “If you’re feeding bad data into these automated scenarios, you’re going to get worse outcomes.”
Watch the State of the Industry Panel2 from this year’s Precisely Trust ‘23 event to hear more from Precisely CEO Josh Rogers, Kevin Ruane, and the LeBow team on what the research findings mean for organisations and access the full 2023 Data Integrity Trends and Insights Report3 for a deeper dive into the data.
The survey was conducted in February and March 2023, with participation from more than 450 data and analytics professionals worldwide. Respondent functional titles include C-level executives, line-of-business executives and managers, IT executives and managers, data stewards, data architects, data managers, and data analysts.
About Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business
Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business is a top-ranked, AACSB-accredited business school with market-centric academic programs, including business analytics offerings such as undergraduate and MS degrees, an MBA concentration, and post-bachelor’s certificates. LeBow’s Center for Business Analytics serves as the university’s hub for academic/industry collaboration in analytics, partnering with leading corporations to benefit students and companies through thought leadership, applied research, data-driven projects and competitions, and a national recognition of analytics distinction across industries. Learn more at www.lebow.drexel.edu/cba.
Precisely is the global leader in data integrity, providing accuracy and consistency in data for 12,000 customers in more than 100 countries, including 99 of the Fortune 100. Precisely’s data integration, data quality, data governance, location intelligence, and data enrichment products power better business decisions to create better outcomes. Learn more at www.precisely.com.