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A 12-Step Program for Improving Data Literacy

February 1, 2023

In our digitally obsessed economy, it’s become all too prevalent for knowledge workers to assume that data problems are best solved with newer and better tech. In fact, the most powerful solutions for maximizing business value are right under the noses of management – in the form of improving data literacy skills.

In the service of changing the culture around data literacy, academic and consultant Peter Aiken offered an invaluable 12-step program to audiences at last year’s Enterprise Data World Digital conference. Aiken’s recourse to the language of recovery culture may seem merely tongue-in-cheek, but it conveys the reality that data problems are in the end a product of bad habits at the personal, corporate, and even cultural level.