It All Adds Up: Bringing Together a Great Analytics Team

blogsized_analytics_team_imageThere’s no secret formula or definitive handbook to building teams, though there are best practices.  Leaders don’t throw people in a room and hope they work well together.  It takes planning, practice and patience to build great teams. This is especially true in IT today as businesses are undergoing digital transformations as technologies such as cloud services and big data analytics make it possible to build new business models that can create competitive advantages.

Current reports pinpoint the past two years as the most prolific time in history for data creation.  There’s also a projection of 44 trillion gigabytes of information to be captured, stored and managed by 2020. Analysts estimate 85 percent of all information is created by enterprises, yet nearly 90 percent of the Fortune 500 fail to leverage big data. That’s significant, because Gartner suggests effective information analysis helps businesses gain a 20 percent advantage over their competitors. With the universe of big data exploding, leadership now demands the right team to support this business-critical function.

To be successful with digital transformations and big data projects, organizations must work towards bringing together the right mix of expertise. That’s why focus is now being placed on creating data and analytics teams. These teams include an effective mix of technical skills, including expertise in data management, algorithm development, models and applications. Beyond these technical abilities, members must also possess the right “soft” skills – such as industry expertise and ability to communicate with business leaders.

Manav Misra, is Chief Knowledge Officer and leads a 70 person analytics team here at CenturyLink.  He believes the onus is on leaders to understand these requirements and employ the best strategies to recruit, drive and reward employee commitment and achievements.  Whether a statistician or a virtualization expert, each unique talent brings something unique to a strong IT organization.  Leaders must recruit a range of individuals with varying levels of experience, ensuring each offers the resume to achieve emerging technology needs and unique business requirements.  This combination ensures creation of the big data culture necessary to succeed.

In a recent interview with All Analytics Radio Manav explores not only how leaders can put together the best mix of employees for current business needs – but also align the team to meet the evolving digital transformation. At CenturyLink, we understand big data success demands strong analytics teams to capture the power of the digital universe. If you’re looking to be a team member or just needing guidance on building a strong analytics and data management team, contact us today to get started on your big data journey.


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