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Harnessing the Power of Data Infrastructure for Effective AI
Peter TasalaFeb 23, 2024 8:29:18 PM3 min read

Harnessing the Power of Data Infrastructure for Effective AI

In the fast-paced world of modern business, data is the cornerstone of success. Yet, many organizations grapple with the complexities of data infrastructure, making it challenging to achieve their AI goals. Despite these hurdles, leaders continue to expect significant returns on their AI investments, even when their data foundation seems like an unsolvable puzzle.

The reality is that when your data infrastructure is chaotic and tangled, achieving high-quality and scalable AI remains an elusive dream. Important questions linger, begging for answers: Where does our data come from? Who is responsible for it? How do changes affect our data, and to what extent? Which data truly matters, and what's merely experimental? Without clear solutions to these questions, building effective AI solutions can feel like an uphill battle.

Changes within this intricate web of data can have far-reaching consequences. Whether it's alterations in schema, shifts in business logic, or changes in the fundamental meaning of the data itself, these transformations often go unnoticed and untracked. Stakeholders are left in the dark, and when issues arise, it's usually the data engineers who bear the brunt, grappling with problems they didn't create.

So, what's the path forward? Here's a comprehensive strategy to navigate the complexities of data infrastructure effectively:

  1. Prioritize ROI-Boosting Data Products: Instead of trying to fix your entire data infrastructure at once, focus on delivering data products that directly contribute to your ROI.
  2. Reverse Engineering the Data Lineage: Start by mapping the lineage of each data product from the ground up, gaining a clear understanding of its origins and dependencies.
  3. Identify the Source Systems: Clearly define which source systems power each data product, ensuring transparency in the data flow.
  4. Set Expectations: Develop a set of expectations for the relationships between source systems and data products.
  5. Formalize Data Contracts: Transform these expectations into data contracts stored within the source repositories, making them enforceable and easy to manage.
  6. Dependency Awareness: When changes occur, proactively inform data producers about their dependencies, fostering clear communication and collaboration.
  7. Promote Collaboration: Encourage data producers and consumers to work together, collectively addressing challenges and finding solutions.

By following these steps, you can expect to experience several significant benefits:

  1. Data Governance as a Controlled Process: Implement a robust system of data governance that is both enforceable and well-managed, minimizing the risks associated with data management.
  2. Enhanced Awareness of Data Dependencies: Data producers will gain a deeper understanding of their data's importance and how it affects others, leading to more informed decisions.
  3. Streamlined Communication: Reduce the need for data engineering to act as intermediaries, as clear lines of communication are established between data producers and consumers.
  4. Transparency for Executives: Provide executives with a clear view of the ROI generated by your data infrastructure and the financial impact of data quality.

In conclusion, transforming your data infrastructure from a tangled web into a well-organized and efficient system is essential for achieving success in AI initiatives. With a focus on ROI, transparency, and effective communication, you can unlock the full potential of your data and drive your business forward in this data-driven era.

How can we help you?

At Vidalico Digital, we specialize in navigating the stormy waters of data. If you're keen to explore or establish data contracts, we're here to guide you!

We are passionate about helping you to manage your data better, as this will help you to understand your customers too!

It is our mission to help you better reach your customers, manage your customers and understand your customers.

Together, let's harness the power of data.

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Peter Tasala

As Data Strategist at Vidalico Digital, he is a hands-on problem solver and turnaround manager with over 20 years of experience in data analytics and digital transformation.