Best Practices in Becoming a Data-Driven Organisation: Real-World Advice from a leading UK Construction Materials Company
1. Lagan Group Holdings is a leader in the construction and asset management space, and a key part of your strategy is to become more data-driven. On the surface, many people might not immediately make the connection between construction materials and data and analytics. Could you give us an overview of how Lagan is using data for strategic advantage?
2. A common challenge in businesses like yours is that data is scattered in a number of systems—from billing to procurement to payroll. How do you create a single view of key data assets in order to make data-driven business decisions? Is integrating these systems an unrealistic goal? Or should organisations instead focus on individual systems or business areas?
3. The concept of self-service business intelligence & reporting is growing in popularity as more and more business users want the ability to create their own reports and analyse data themselves to make strategic business decisions. Do you think the concept of self-service BI is realistic in your industry, and is this something you’ve implemented at Lagan?
4. What words of advice would you give an organisation trying to become more data-driven? What are the biggest challenges you faced in this journey and how did you overcome them?