Here are a few predictions and perspectives from industry experts to learn from and be smarter this year:
The Promise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) Continues on
There have been repeated predictions over the last couple of years touting a potential breakthrough in enterprise use of AI and ML. This year is no different as the potential benefits from adding some kind of intelligent AI/ML layer to software emboldens more organizations across industries to adopt these technologies.
ML and predictive analytics are leveraged to suggest next-best-actions for sending relevant and timely information to customers and finding opportunities for up-sell and cross-sell. Insights like churn propensity, life-time-value, preferences and abandonment rates can be delivered to relevant teams, along with recommended actions that allow them to capitalize on this information.
Effective May 25, 2018, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will force organizations to meet a standard of managing data that many won’t be able to fulfill. They must evaluate how they’re collecting, storing, updating, and purging customer data across all functional areas and operational applications, to support “the right to be forgotten.” And they must make sure they continue to have valid consent to engage with the customer and capture their data.
Meeting regulations such as GDPR often comes at a high price of doing business, not just for European companies, but multinational corporations in an increasingly global landscape. Companies seeking quick fixes often end up licensing specialized technology to meet such regulations, while others resign themselves to paying fines that may be levied, as they determine that the cost to fix their data outweighs the penalties that might be incurred.
With security and data breaches also making high-profile headlines in 2017, it’s become an increasingly tough environment in which to do business, as the very data that companies have collected in the hopes of executing offensive data-driven strategies, weighs on them heavily, crushing their ability to be agile.
Customer-obsessed, Data-driven Retailers will Thrive
With the Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) wars heating up, players such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure continue to attempt to outdo each other on all vectors including capabilities, price, and service.
To avoid being “Amazoned,” some retailers have even adopted a non-AWS Cloud policy. For most, however, it’s about efficiency and cost. Multi-cloud means choice and the opportunity to leverage the best technology for the business challenges they face.
Today’s Modern Data Management PaaS are naturally multi-cloud, seamlessly keeping up with the best components and services that solve business problems. Acting as technology portfolio managers for large and small companies who want to focus on nimble and agile business execution, these platforms are democratizing the notion of multi-cloud for everyone’s benefit.
The Deck will be Cleared for Accelerated Enterprise Digital Transformation
The business landscape is changing like never before. New revenue models, new competition, newer regulations and exceeding customer expectations are forcing organizations to rethink how they do business.
Digital transformation is one of the key initiatives for many organizations looking for ways to leverage digital technologies, become agile, more productive and above all, provide a connected digital experience for their customers. For digital transformation to succeed, a solid data management foundation is a must.
Today’s Modern Data Management Platforms as a Service (PaaS) seamlessly powers data-driven applications, which are both analytical and operational, delivering contextual, goal-based insights and actions, which are specific and measurable, allowing outcomes to be correlated, leading to that Return on Investment (ROI) Holy Grail, and forming a foundation for machine learning to drive continuous improvement. As an added bonus, multi-tenant Modern Data Management PaaS in the Cloud, will also begin to provide industry comparables, so companies can finally understand how they rank relative to their peers.
With the emergence of IDNs, ACOs and MCOs, the approach to healthcare is evolving. The focus is on overall well-being and quality of life, rather than a one-time treatment. This requires a new patient-centric approach, complete understanding of the patient’s needs, behaviors and preferences, and focus on building long-term relationships.
In this changing healthcare environment, a modern approach to data management that enables complete understanding of patients, physicians and other partners across all clinics and facilities, while guaranteeing HIPAA compliance is necessary.
Whatever the industry or business need, most enterprises will need to first focus on IA (Information Augmentation): getting their data organized in a manner that ensures it can be reconciled, refined and related, to uncover relevant insights that support efficient business execution across all departments, while addressing the burden of regulatory compliance.
Given the vast volume and variety of data that CPG companies manage, ensuring the accuracy and reliability of data is critical. All digital transformation and personalization efforts would fail if data underneath is of poor quality, siloed and delayed. Using machine learning within modern data management platform not only helps determine and improve data quality but also enriches the data with relevant insights and provides intelligent recommended actions for data quality and operational improvements. For example, if you are running a campaign for a major product launch, you can eliminate consumer profiles with low data quality (DQ) scores.
2. Be Agile with Multi-model Data Management
Using legacy tools built on relational databases are too rigid and inflexible, making it difficult to support the dynamic needs of a modern business. For example, adding new data sources or attributes to the customer profiles can result in costly data migration projects. Another challenge is the inability to manage the relationships between various data entities, such as people, products, organizations and places. Modern data-driven CPG brands prevent big data indigestion by using a multi-model, polyglot storage strategy to store and efficiently manage the right data in the right storage. It helps them deliver faster and higher business value from their varied data assets.
3. Leverage the Power of Multi-domain
With “single domain” Master Data Management (MDM), each data entity type has its own unique data store and business logic. On the other hand, a Modern Data Management Platform manages multi-domain (customer, products, stores, suppliers) master data along with transaction and interaction data, third-party, public and social data. Its graph technology makes it easy to describe and visualize complex, many-to-many relationships among customers, products, stores and locations for faster and reliable decision-making. For example, with the help of a graph, CPG brands can rapidly traverse links between consumers, products, purchases, and ratings to make personalized recommendations. They can also tell if the visitors and shoppers browsing their website are from the same household or not.
4. Uncover New Business Models
“Servitization” of products is commonly seen in consumer categories such as music (iTunes and Spotify) and books (Amazon Kindle) but also in business services such as Xerox moving from photocopiers to document services. Historically, CPG companies have been resistant to the move from products to services. Their relationship with their consumers has often been mediated via retailers. Modern data-driven CPG brands often bypass retailers and sell directly to customers (DTC). For example, Dollar Shave Club is offering a monthly subscription to deliver razors and other personal grooming products by mail. This gives them the opportunity to engage directly with their customers, to collect interaction data, and to expand their digital footprint.
5. Explore New Data Partnerships
Data is an enabler of innovation. To keep up with the rapid pace of digital transformation, CPG brands need to develop a culture of collaboration and pursue intra and extra-industry partnerships. They need to recognize that many new entrants are not simply additional competitors. Instead, they represent possibilities for completely new types of business models that over time will blur traditional distinctions between retailers and manufacturers.
6. Augment Decision Management with Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Data-driven CPG companies look at AI through the lens of three business capabilities: automating business processes, gaining insight through data analysis, and engaging with customers and employees. They constantly innovate and disrupt by embracing new technologies to meet the high expectations of consumers. A Modern Data Management Platform coupled with Machine Learning enables contextual information and helps consumer brands answer high-impact business questions such as – Will my customer buy this product or not? Is this review written by a customer or a robot? Which category of products is most interesting to this customer? And so on.
7. See GDPR Compliance as an Opportunity to Improve Customer Experience
CPG brands will be required to be more transparent about how they use consumer data. New regulations like GDPR and increased oversight has important implications in terms of regulatory compliance, product development and marketing messages. Moreover, there are increasing consumer demands for transparency on how companies perform when it comes to sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as where products are made. A Modern Data Management Platform as a Service (PaaS) helps you create a complete consumer profile with full data lineage, governance, and workflows to continuously manage consumer rights and consents.
Consumer brands are facing unsteady growth, tightening profit margins, complex regulations, and growing competition from lower cost private label brands. Adopting these seven habits would help them reverse the digital curse, achieve hyper-personalized customer engagement, and stay ahead of competition.
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