"Clarity affords focus.”

Thomas Leonard

Successful business transformations are built on solid foundations. To know how to get where you want to go, it’s important you’re clear about where you are right now.

Today, in most organizations, there’s no shortage of data—quite the opposite. Most businesses are drowning in it.

A typical enterprise will be juggling numerous datasets from many different systems. They’ll have finance data, HR data, operational data, business intelligence data. The list goes on.

This complexity is compounded by the fact that data is often reported differently across systems and localities. What’s more, individual departments will understandably collect data specific to their needs.

It’s a recipe for almost bewildering complexity.

Getting a grip on data

It’s not surprising then that so many organizations find it difficult to gain a clear perspective on the current state of their business at anything other than the macro level. Yet without granular insight, transformation initiatives will inherently struggle. You simply won’t have an in-depth view of the workforce issues you must solve to enact change and make it stick.

So, the first challenge in delivering a successful business transformation program is to import, clean and integrate all your datasets, so you have a single source of truth to build from. Irregularities will need to be ironed out (we’d love to show you how easy this is to do in orgvue with drag-and-drop data cleaning).

The foundation for change

The resulting data baseline should enable you to align teams on the priorities for transformation, and the strategy and scope of the project.

You should be able to clearly see where you stand against targets and budgets. This will enable you to pull together the information you need to shape the business case for transformation.

Importantly, it should help you identify both opportunities for change and highlight the risks of not doing so.