From dashboards to data visualizations—not to mention descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics—the enterprise has no shortage of business intelligence and data analytics tools at its disposal.
How are companies translating analytics into actionable information, which can be used to make better business decisions? TechRepublic Premium surveyed 161 professionals to find out.
The survey asked the following questions:
Data analytics is a major driver of corporate success. This will continue in the future, as supported by the majority of respondents (79%) who said that their companies used analytics. Of the 11% of respondents who said that their company does not use any analytics tools, 21% attributed it to a lack of in-house analytics talent or skill or lack of business knowledge, and 13% cited budget constraints or lack of executive buy-in as reasons for opting out from using analytics.
More than 40% of survey respondents reported that their companies primarily use analytics for operational or sales and marketing purposes. Improved strategic decision-making was the biggest benefit of using analytics for 65% of respondents. Other benefits respondents reported included improved knowledge about customers (45%), operational cost savings (44%) and improved sales (32%).
According to 78% of respondents, dashboards were the most popular data analytics tool used. Another 65% used reporting tools, and 64% used visualization tools. Microsoft was the favored vendor/product for more than half of the respondents. Vendors such as Tableau (17%), Salesforce (15%) and IBM (10%) placed much further down in the rankings.
The majority (77%) of survey respondents said that their executive management team saw value in their deployed analytics. Only 5% reported that their executive management team saw no business value in analytics. Further, 41% of respondents reported that their executive management team was more excited about the potential of analytics than one year ago.
To read all of the survey results, plus analysis, download the full research report.