Take the opportunity to extend data’s influence

With relationships across business units in places, data and technology leaders can take the “profound opportunity to extend influence” and integrate data and analytics into business processes, Herschel said.

“We cannot just build a data analytics infrastructure and hope they will use it,” Herschel said. “Take some time to identify opportunities to nudge the way people think.”

Leaders can seek out opportunities to insert data analysis into formal business processes and share data success stories across the organization to influence others on its effectiveness, according to Gartner.

At the same time, still give humans credit where it’s due. “Although we as data and analytics practitioners can work to educate business users about what can be automated, we need to ensure we have the right governance model to decide whether it should be automated or left to human decision-making,” Herschel said.