I recently helped complete a survey of 270 members of the Oracle Applications Users Group that showed that while most organizations aspire to the ideals of “data democracy,” most are still data oligarchies. (Hopefully not data dictatorships, but I'm sure there are a few in there as well.)

In fact, barely a handful of organizations in the survey (4 percent) have even attained what we defined for the survey as robust “corporate performance management-driven cultures” at this time, meaning a majority of their employees have access to the tools, dashboards and solutions available to get an accurate, up-to-the-minute snapshot of where their business stands. About half of the respondents say “very few to none” of their overall workforce has access to corporate performance data. This was the third year in a row we asked this question in the OAUG survey, and there has been no change.

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