In our guide, Culture clash: Creating a data culture in enterprise manufacturing, we show you how you can develop a strong data culture, and the benefits it can bring to your business. But first, let’s look at some of the biggest obstacles that are blocking data culture in manufacturing – and what you can do to overcome them.
Lack of buy-in at the top
In popular culture, change is a wave that reaches some people sooner than others. You have your innovators and early adopters at the start, then your early majority, late majority and laggards (those people who really, really don’t like change).
If your C-suite aren’t in the first wave, actively driving change and seeking ways to innovate with data, then they should at least be in the second: those early adopters who can quickly see the benefits of data and are ready to share that vision with everyone else.
If your senior team don’t embrace data, no one else will take it seriously. Your data innovators – be it your CDO, CTO or someone else – will struggle to instigate a data culture without this crucial top-level buy in. This is your biggest obstacle to creating a data culture, and the first one you need to overcome.