Data Shifts Power Within Organizations

Venkata Pingali

FEB. 20, 2017

A major challenge in going more data-driven in organization has less to do with data itself, and more to do with the ability to manage the dynamics that emerge as decision makers look at data as an input to decision process.

I have a particular kind of power shift in mind. I am not referring to the process of democratization of data, which we will discuss in a future article, but rather one due to the emergence of a new powerful organizational entity, The Scorer. The Scorer derives its power from data and its ability to judge both past and future decisions. The Scorer provides alternative decision paths taking away some agency and control from existing decision makers. In this article I explain why and how this happens, and how the process could be managed.