Infographic: Nearly 40% of Data Professionals Spend Half of Their Time Prepping Data

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by Angela Guess

According to a new press release, “TMMData, creator of flexible data integration and preparation platform Foundation, partnered with the Digital Analytics Association to survey its community about data priorities and challenges. The survey revealed that data access, quality and integration present persistent, interrelated roadblocks to efficient and confident analysis across industries. Most notably, nearly 40% of data professionals (37.5%) spend more than 20 hours per week accessing, blending and preparing data rather than performing actual analysis. More than 800 Digital Analytics Association (DAA) community members participated in the online survey, which was conducted between June 8 and July 14 of this year.* The DAA is composed of data professionals at every level, from C-suite leadership to in-the-trenches analysts. While the vast majority of members are employed by large corporations, consultants, government/non-profit workers and academics are also among DAA’s members.”

The release goes on, “With a 3.3% margin of error at the 95% confidence level, TMMData and the DAA have analyzed the survey responses and are sharing the following key findings with the industry: Disjointed, inaccessible data is a major productivity inhibitor for analysts, diverting skilled resources from contributing to valuable business intelligence. Nearly two in five data (38.7%) professionals are spending more than half of their work week on tasks unrelated to actual analysis: 43.8% of managers reported that 51% or more of their team’s work week is spent collecting, integrating and preparing data rather than analyzing it, while 31.3% of analysts said they spend 21 or more hours a week on data housekeeping.”

Read more at PR Newswire. See the full infographic below.

Photo credit: TMMData

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