CFOs and CIOs now represent the biggest source of data analytics project requests, followed by the marketing and sales teams, according to the 2016 ANZ Teradata Index.
Teradata’s data analysis index provides a snapshot of how ANZ companies approach data collection, analysis and use. It revealed that the responsibility of data projects has shifted to the CIO/IT team for 43 per cent of respondents, and to the CFO/finance team for 24 per cent of respondents.
According to Alec Gardner, general manager, advanced analytics, Teradata Australia and New Zealand Teradata has seen some interesting results in this year’s survey.
“Just 15 per cent of respondents are constantly analysing data and making data-based decisions in real-time and a further 21 per cent collect and analyse data to make business changes, just not in real-time,” he explains.
“Only a quarter of companies say they are not mature; they collect data but don’t analyse it. This shows businesses are becoming more data driven but there is still a way to go in terms of data maturity.”
The index also found that organisations are using insights derived from data mostly to improve customer-facing elements of the business. Seventy-seven per cent of organisations are focused on reducing customer service issues and complaints, which is in line with the 2015 results.  Last year 18 per cent of organisations said they weren’t using the insights from their data at all. In 2016, that number has decreased to just three per cent.
“Sixty per cent of organisations say they are using data to optimise business processes, and 39 per cent say they are using it to improve customer loyalty. This aligns well with Teradata’s prediction of ‘analytics of everything’, which is the next logical step in data analytics for enterprises.”
The ‘analytics of everything’ refers to the ability to deliver actionable insights on any area of interest at the most granular level. These insights have the potential to significantly change business processes, disrupt and transform products and services, and even entire supply chains and industries.
In terms of data obstacles for businesses, in 2015, siloed data sets were the biggest challenge to capturing and analysing data. In 2016 this has shifted to not having appropriate team skills, with 38 per cent rating this four or five out of five. This was followed by lack of adequate technology for 28 per cent.  
The combination of having company buy-in with the increased need for data skills showcases companies’ desire to advance in data analytics.
“The ability to show return on investment is still a significant barrier for 26 per cent of organisations (compared with 39 per cent in 2015). This is likely related to three reasons; organisations haven’t understood the initial problem they are analysing, they haven’t agreed on success criteria at the outset, or they are engaging in technology-led projects rather than business-led projects,” says Gardner.