Power of Data Literacy to Enable Transformation at QlikWorld

Transformation is hard – just when you’re only working on yourself. When working with an entire workforce, however, cultural headwinds can block change, induce inertia, even grind everything to a halt, with people actively or passively resisting new modes of operating, seeing and doing. But, when that transformation is necessary, as is the case in upskilling an organizations’ employees’ data literacy, it may actually be a little easier. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. We all need to work on our data literacy skills, so we can achieve substantive change and transformation.

As the Global Head of Data Literacy at Qlik, I’m quite familiar with how important it is for every company’s team member to be data literate – so each can confidently read, write, analyze and communicate with data – and how even the smallest edge can lead to major wins. Data literacy is one of the greatest competitive edges you can give your whole organization, and every one of your employees, from sales team members to the C-suite, should feel empowered by data to drive decisions and help your organization become truly data driven. But getting there requires a clear strategy, a pragmatic roadmap and executive buy-in.

Next week at QlikWorld Online 2021, I will be moderating a panel of data literacy experts from the utilities sector (Anuya Sheorey, Manager, Digital Experience, Arizona Public Services); a data and analytics consultancy in The Netherlands (Angelika Klidas, Operation Manager at Bitmetric); and a major, multinational aerospace company (Beatrice Dlesk, Data Architect, Lockheed Martin). During the panel, we will be discussing:

  • Launching data literacy programs;
  • Building business cases for those programs;
  • Best practices, pitfalls, practical first steps and models to scale adoption and continuously improve; and
  • Real-world case studies about people, process and technology investments needed to create a data literate culture.

In addition to the panel, I will also be examining on a panel how to combat unconscious bias. Joining me will be Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a globally sought-after advisor on issues of social justice focused on race, gender and faith; and Hannah Fry, PhD, an Associate Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL, whose research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism. At Qlik, we pride ourselves on inclusivity and broadening our perspective, so I am thrilled that I will be joined by these experts to discuss how we socialize, how biases form and what we can do to combat them.

Data literacy has the power to be a true agent of transformation as organizations become more data-driven. Register here to hear the valuable perspectives of such great industry thought leaders.

#QlikWorld is coming next week! @Qlik's Global Head of Data Literacy @BarthPS will be discussing #data literacy & #unconsciousbias w/ leading experts


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