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IBM Research Highlights Role of Corporate Culture in Analytics

IBM research suggests changes to organizational culture may be needed to take

As companies around the world evolve their business analytics processes to keep pace with rapid increases in data volume, IBM researchers suggest it may be wise to focus on organizational challenges instead of technical issues.

In partnership with the MIT Sloan Management Review, IBM

As companies around the world evolve their business analytics processes to keep pace with rapid increases in data volume, IBM researchers suggest it may be wise to focus on organizational challenges instead of technical issues.

In partnership with the MIT Sloan Management Review, IBM researchers polled 4,500 global executives, managers and analysts from 30 industries to assess the adoption of analytics software. According to the study, 44 percent of respondents indicated that cultural barriers were the primary inhibitors to enterprise-wide analytics adoption. Conversely, technological concerns were cited by one-fourth of respondents.

Organizational resistance to new ideas and the need for improvements in leadership competency were cited as prevalent issues. But for companies that can overcome these challenges, the benefits may be immense.

"Our new research shows that the early and aggressive adopters of analytics make significant gains in both performance and overall competitiveness," report authors stated.

Among companies still undergoing transitions with their business intelligence software, the percentage of those citing competitive advantage grew 23 percent compared to last year's figures. For those companies classified as experienced users of the technology, the percentage of respondents claiming competitive advantage climbed 66 percent since 2010. 

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