Navigating the Data Universe: Data Collection and Utilization

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March 12, 2024

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In this blog series, we dive into the ever-increasing importance of data, divided into four essential chapters:

  1. Data Collection and Utilization
  2. MDM, PIM & Multi-Domain Management
  3. Master Data Governance
  4. Enhanced Data Privacy & Protection

The first blog highlights the ‘Data Collection and Utilisation’ domain. In it, we discuss how to use data strategically to strengthen customer relationships, streamline operational processes and make informed decisions. This section serves as a foundation for navigating the data universe, focusing on maximising both customer experience and business performance through advanced data management.

The ever-growing importance of data in business and society

Data has long been a cornerstone of successful business strategies. It helps companies to optimize customer experiences, streamline operational processes, and make informed decisions. In a world where each customer interaction and transaction yields valuable data, the ability to collect and utilize relevant information in a meaningful manner is becoming increasingly important.

Strategic selection and use of data

Why is data so crucial in the context of customer experiences? It plays a pivotal role in the development of personalized marketing campaigns, strengthening customer loyalty, and ultimately driving increased sales. However, the challenge lies in collecting and analyzing data in a way that yields meaningful insights without compromising customer privacy.

Hence, the selection and utilization of the right data require a strategic approach. Companies have to consider what data to collect and how to best leverage it to enhance customer experiences and fulfill their business objectives. Making decisions of this nature requires a profound understanding of both your customer base and market dynamics. However, it is only when combined with comprehensive technological expertise that market and customer knowledge can be transformed into a high-performance, robust and sustainable data strategy.

Data management: from databases to data lakes

Efficient data management requires the use of various technologies. Traditional databases offer structure and reliability in this context. Modern data lakes, on the other hand, are less rigid – they provide a flexible
and scalable environment for storing and analyzing both structured and unstructured data, even in large quantities. This positions data lakes as a crucial component in the data architecture of companies aiming to address the growing complexity of data.

The importance of data aggregation and analysis

In addition to collecting and storing data, the aggregation and analysis of data are also decisive elements. For instance, companies can use analytical queries to turn complex data sets into valuable business insights. Tools of this nature allow users to search for specific information, access it and use it for various purposes – for example, to analyze market trends or identify patterns in customer behavior. The effective use of such queries is especially relevant in the realm of product information management, where detailed product information plays an important role in enhancing the customer experience. Diligent
data analysis helps companies provide tailored solutions that not only meet customer needs but also improve operational efficiency.

Cost evaluation and selection of tech stacks

Given the exponential increase in available data, deciding what data to collect and where to store it is becoming a vital consideration. The choice of an appropriate technology stack and the assessment of associated costs have a significant impact on efficient data management. From a business perspective, it is important to weigh the costs of storing, processing and analyzing data against the expected benefits.

Reference databases and data aggregates as a vision for the future

For technology providers, another challenge arises that directly ties into these cost-benefit considerations: the shift from physical databases to reference databases, where data storage does not equal legal ownership. This could potentially alter how data is managed and accessed in the future, with a possible shift towards so-called aggregates.

What does this mean? Rather than storing every single data point, companies will generate meaningful aggregates for their products or services based on these data points, summarizing essential information. In this process, unnecessary data points are discarded, allowing for more efficient data processing.

Success factor: effective, AI-driven data management

Data is more than mere numbers; it serves as the key to understanding customers and crafting successful business strategies, particularly in conjunction with AI. Companies need to find ways to utilize data as efficiently as possible, regardless of the size and complexity of the data sets. In this context, concepts such as master data management, multi-domain management and product information management are gaining relevance. These systems offer the necessary structure and tools to transform data into valuable business insights.

In part 2 of this blog series, we will next week take a closer look at how digital transformation is putting data and AI at the centre as drivers of innovation and growth.

Also read: The 2024 Trend Report: Shaping the Future of Digital Experience builds on the insights shared in our series and takes a closer look at how the latest developments in AI and digital experiences will continue to transform the way we interact with customers.

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