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Highlights from Qlik’s webinar: The Human Impact of Data Literacy

Highlights from Qlik’s webinar: The Human Impact of Data Literacy


Data literacy is a subject that impacts the entire workforce. And organisations, like Qlik are doing their part to help business leaders improve the data literacy level of all data users in the workforce.


Their recent webinar, The Human Impact of Data Literacy, sheds light on how organisations can get more from data through training and easy-to-use BI software solutions. 


Here are a few highlights from the practical webinar: 


? Martha Bennett – VP, Principal Analyst, Forrester


Martha Bennett, the first presenter, reminded webinar viewers of a crucial point from an earlier Forrester survey: 


“8% of survey respondents don’t find it challenging to improve their use of data insights in business decision making.”

Forrester, 2019 survey


That’s a very small portion of execs getting the most from their insights. Business leaders can, however, improve the path from insights to action with user-friendly data analytics solutions. 


And, the presenter continued with other salient points, which included:


  • Arguing with data means understanding data and using it to support your findings, but it also means not taking data at face value.
  • Don’t assume that because the workforce is digitally literate, that they are also data literate!
  • Saying the “data is too complicated” is merely an excuse. You need to simplify it to create visuals which your audience understands.


You can help data users develop dataviz that is easy to understand and persuades them to take the right actions. Discover the top five data visualisation best practices you can follow to simplify your data story in our blog. 


In conclusion, the presenter added: 


“Data literacy must be part of your firm’s DNA.”

Martha Bennett, VP, Principal Analyst, Forrester


? Jordan Morrow, Global Head of Data Literacy, Qlik


Jordan Morrow brought across numerous astute points on data literacy, including that data is not good or bad. It’s just information. But when we approach that information with bias, then it can change how the data is perceived. 


And he reiterated the all-important 5 steps to build a data-driven workforce, a practical guide for leaders who want to improve data literacy in their business:

  1. Set your data expectations
  2. Create a roadmap to achieve your data goals
  3. Arm your employees for data-driven working
  4. Close the data literacy skills-gap
  5. Create a culture of co-evolution


When employees have access to solutions that match their data confidence levels and abilities, they’ll be more willing to dive into data and use it in their roles. Discover more on closing the data literacy gap and opening up new business opportunities in our blog. 


? Rishi Muchhala,  Manager of Enterprise Intelligence, Nemours Children’s Health System


The final speaker, Rishi Muchhala, stated that his organisation made an important discovery with their push to modern self-service solutions – it exposed a lack of data literacy!


And their solution was to integrate data literacy through initiatives including:

  • Onboarding focusing on analytics technology and infrastructure
  • Webinar training sessions on data literacy topics
  • Forums to support users questions


He also brought up a key underlying factor: Improving data literacy requires a collaborative vision, not only an IT-driven approach.


When data users can collaborate easily in programmes like Qlik Sense, they reduce confusion and save time. Solutions like Vizlib Collaboration, a value-added product for Qlik Sense, enables data users to communicate their findings within Qlik to keep the conversation in context, resulting in a clearer path to insights and improved data literacy levels!


Thanks to Qlik and the insightful webinar speakers for arming business leaders with the knowledge to ramp up data literacy in their organisations. A combination of the right data and the right BI tools goes a long way to developing confident data users who leverage data to drive business value!


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