How to measure, mark, and build a data-driven organization




The call to build a data-driven organization is as loud as ever. But how do you do so in a, well, data-driven way? Where are you on your journey, and what gaps do you have? What actions should you prioritize to scale the use of data and build a Data Culture? Those are just some of the BIG questions for which the publicly-available Tableau Blueprint Assessment provides very practical answers.

The Tableau Blueprint Assessment is based on Data Culture research and Tableau Blueprint—a mashup of analytics best practices and the expertise of thousands of customers, curated to help our customers turn repeatable processes into core capabilities. The assessment measures your organization’s current maturity and provides a detailed plan to help you navigate the journey to becoming a data-driven organization. With questions, answers, and recommendations specific to you—whether you’re a Chief Data Officer, Director of Analytics, Line-of-Business Leader, Tableau Server Administrator, Community Leader, or other stakeholder—the assessment features paths personalized by role to ensure holistic success.

And did I mention that the assessment—along with all 250 pages of the Tableau Blueprint best practices—are free?

Tableau Blueprint Assessment screen showing progress bar and the Commitment to Proficiency section, asking What is the highest level that has a mandate on establishing analytics proficiency amongst users?
Use the Tableau Blueprint Assessment to measure, plan, and build a data-driven organization. 

Foster the behaviors and beliefs that lead to a successful Data Culture

We define Data Culture as the collective behaviors and beliefs of people who value, practice, and encourage the use of data to improve decision-making. Data-leading organizations see benefits like improvements in customer retention and acquisition, employee retention, and production time. In the assessment, executives answer questions about their Data Culture, spanning business priorities, decision-making, data literacy, and more.

Data Culture questions include:

  • What function is responsible for developing a Data Culture? IT or the line-of-business?
  • Are business outcomes clearly defined prior to using data and analytics to make strategic decisions?
  • Do enablement or training programs exist to help employees at every level develop data skills?

Adopt processes and best practices across agility, proficiency, community, and governance

Whether you’re new to modern, self-service data analytics or you need to broaden, deepen, and scale the use of data, Tableau Blueprint provides prescriptive, documented guidance. Those processes and best practices have been converted to questions and answers to help your hands-on leaders (Admins, Data Stewards, Community Leaders, etc.) better understand their current capabilities. Executives who have responsibility for agility, proficiency, community, or governance receive questions to assess their commitment to each area.

Capability questions include:

  • What processes do you have in place for monitoring your Tableau Server environment?
  • What processes are in place to provide training on analytics best practices?

Commitment questions include:

  • What is the highest level that has a mandate on ensuring the Tableau environment is agile and high-performing?
  • What is your ability to demonstrate the impact of analytics proficiency on business value?