The Data Maturity Award is an initiative from data strategy consultant Madison.Partners and delaware Belux to promote the sharing of knowledge about data-driven transformation. Over 40 companies completed an online quick scan that assessed the importance and use of data within the participating organizations. The best cases received an extensive assessment which resulted in a new score that determined the ultimate winner.
Luc Burgelman, founding partner at Madison.Partners, commented, "It was interesting to see the scores that the Belgian companies achieved in the assessment. Their challenges matched those of companies in a similar phase of data transformation. Most participants were aware of the various pitfalls in their data transition journey. The previously implemented use cases were often not sufficiently integrated into the organization to create a significant impact. ’ Many of them still lack comprehensive data profiles across the organization, hindering the feasibility and acceptance of data-driven decisions. Fortunately, all of these issues can be resolved through a well-crafted Data Strategy Roadmap."
Edel Boone, Data Management specialist at delaware Belux, concurred: "We notice the same pattern among our clients: fostering a data culture at every level of a company is crucial to maximize the value of data. Once that higher data maturity is achieved, it leads to better organizational performance and ultimately has a positive impact on the bottom line. Our team of 170 Data & AI consultants assists organizations in their journey to become data-driven enterprises. Our process begins with developing a shared vision and outlining a data strategy in collaboration with our clients."
Luc Burgelman explained why Unilin received the first Data Maturity Award: "Unilin pleasantly surprised us with their approach! They invested in their data transformation at all levels and are now ready to reap the rewards of these efforts. It was great to see how Unilin shared their successes and failures with the other participants in the competition. This willingness to share knowledge stood out during the journey and the event. This sharing of knowledge will become increasingly important for the 2024 Data Maturity Award, as it allows us to truly create a community that pushes each other further on the Data Maturity curve. We are eager to contribute to this together with delaware."
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