How to measure, mark, and build a data-driven organization

The call to build a data-driven organization is as loud as ever. But how do you do so in a, well, data-driven way? Where are you on your journey, and what gaps do you have? What actions should you prioritize to scale the use of data and build a Data Culture? Those are just some of the BIG questions for which the publicly-available Tableau Blueprint Assessment provides very practical answers.

The Tableau Blueprint Assessment is based on Data Culture research and Tableau Blueprint—a mashup of analytics best practices and the expertise of thousands of customers, curated to help our customers turn repeatable processes into core capabilities. The assessment measures your organization’s current maturity and provides a detailed plan to help you navigate the journey to becoming a data-driven organization. With questions, answers, and recommendations specific to you—whether you’re a Chief Data Officer, Director of Analytics, Line-of-Business Leader, Tableau Server Administrator, Community Leader, or other stakeholder—the assessment features paths personalized by role to ensure holistic success.

And did I mention that the assessment—along with all 250 pages of the Tableau Blueprint best practices—are free?

Tableau Blueprint Assessment screen showing progress bar and the Commitment to Proficiency section, asking What is the highest level that has a mandate on establishing analytics proficiency amongst users?
Use the Tableau Blueprint Assessment to measure, plan, and build a data-driven organization. 

Foster the behaviors and beliefs that lead to a successful Data Culture

We define Data Culture as the collective behaviors and beliefs of people who value, practice, and encourage the use of data to improve decision-making. Data-leading organizations see benefits like improvements in customer retention and acquisition, employee retention, and production time. In the assessment, executives answer questions about their Data Culture, spanning business priorities, decision-making, data literacy, and more.

Data Culture questions include:

  • What function is responsible for developing a Data Culture? IT or the line-of-business?
  • Are business outcomes clearly defined prior to using data and analytics to make strategic decisions?
  • Do enablement or training programs exist to help employees at every level develop data skills? 

Adopt processes and best practices across agility, proficiency, community, and governance

Whether you’re new to modern, self-service data analytics or you need to broaden, deepen, and scale the use of data, Tableau Blueprint provides prescriptive, documented guidance. Those processes and best practices have been converted to questions and answers to help your hands-on leaders (Admins, Data Stewards, Community Leaders, etc.) better understand their current capabilities. Executives who have responsibility for agility, proficiency, community, or governance receive questions to assess their commitment to each area.

Capability questions include:

  • What processes do you have in place for monitoring your Tableau Server environment?
  • What processes are in place to provide training on analytics best practices?

Commitment questions include:

  • What is the highest level that has a mandate on ensuring the Tableau environment is agile and high-performing?
  • What is your ability to demonstrate the impact of analytics proficiency on business value?

Measure where you are in your journey

Once you complete your assessment, you’ll receive a score for each section and a simple visualization that indicates where you are today. Your Tableau account teams can provide additional visualizations that bring together multiple responses to help you get a better sense of where you are aligned (or misaligned) across your organization.

Use recommendations to build a plan—and track your progress along the way

In addition to measurements, you will also receive personalized, actionable recommendations, listing out the tactical steps needed to grow your organization’s capabilities. Your results will also feature use cases from data-leading organizations such as the United Nations World Food Programme and Red Hat to JPMorgan Chase and Nissan, stories you can turn to for inspiration as you progress in your journey.

Think of this as your success plan. You can toggle the status for each action item, indicating its status. As you complete each action and mark it as “Done,” your score will dynamically update, showing how far you’ve progressed in your journey.

"The Blueprint Assessment enabled Randstad to measure the adoption and success of Tableau and our analytical maturity in a very accessible way, which helps us steer and drive our data transformation. After capturing the initial analytics maturity in four of our markets, we have committed to include Blueprint Assessment as part of each Tableau implementation in the 38 markets we operate in across the globe."—Niels Meijer, Global Product Owner BI, Randstad 

As we learn, the Tableau Blueprint evolves

We’re regularly adding new processes and best practices to Tableau Blueprint based on what we hear from customers like you. From establishing a peer-to-peer support system through Tableau Data Doctor to implementing a chargeback program through Server Management, the ever-evolving Tableau Blueprint exists to help you scale the use of data and build a Data Culture.

Get started today: Take the Tableau Blueprint Assessment

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