Over the past few months, we have explored the concept of an enterprise data strategy – or how companies plan to leverage and use data by turning that data into useful knowledge, thereby producing measurable improvements in business performance. There are several important stages to developing this strategy, including determining the analytic capabilities to be delivered and then deciding on the structure and management of the data. The action plan is the vital stage that makes the strategy work.

The action plan begins by determining the business problems that will be addressed by the enterprise data strategy and then organizing how the right people will drive and sustain the work. This month's column looks at the process, technology and delivery schedule.

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