• Daria Chadwick

7 Common Challenges of Fielding Internal Analytics Teams

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Many businesses are currently fielding dedicated internal analytics teams that are all facing similar challenges - regardless of the industry they occupy

The pandemic, increased global competitiveness, and the focus on digital transformation have all placed a great deal of pressure on internal analytics teams to rapidly deliver impactful analytical insight for organizations across the board

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.9 trillion in 2021, an increase of 6.2% from 2020, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. An increasingly larger portion of this spend going toward cloud-based applications and services.

While shifting dependency to the cloud is a sensible move, the elephant in the room is the stubborn presence of legacy systems and the complex web of processes and procedures.

Internal analytics teams have to operate in the sandbox they have been provided with to meet the demands of modern-day data-driven decision-making.

The bulk of these internal analytics teams are facing 7 common challenges centered around staffing, workloads, processes, and the enterprise’s existing set of tools.

The 7 Common Challenges of Fielding Internal Analytics Teams


Developing an internal team with the required broad set of skills can be a very difficult, costly, and time-consuming process for organizations to manage. World-class analysts are in high demand and the market is seeing an acute shortage of available talent. 60 percent of businesses believe it is harder to source talent for data and analytics positions than for any other roles. Even those with self-described "comprehensive" teams are unlikely to collectively accommodate the needs of the modern organization and rapidly changing requirements.


The constant and increasing demand for analytics-based insight generates a growing backlog of unmet deliverables. Internal teams are often unable to keep up with an increasing number of analytics requests and deadlines. It can take days, weeks, or even months to accommodate individual data requests. By the time reports are received, data can be outdated, in the incorrect format, or completely unusable.


Organizations and analytics teams have collectively adopted platforms that are capable of scaling data and data processing through services like AWS, Snowflake, Google Cloud, and the like - but have yet to find ways to scale the subject matter expertise required to produce insight and information.


Data and analytics architectures are littered with individual tools and platforms, creating a lack of cohesive architecture and causing an undue complexity that is incredibly difficult to navigate and manage.


Direct data pipelines complicate the issue in that they are individually complex, produced en masse for single requirements, and often have little to no reuse.


System-generated data often needs to be blended with people and process-based data to create contextual insight for decision-making. This means that relevant datasets need to be matched together. This matching or blending process is often a manual effort and continually proves difficult for many in-house teams.


Feedback mechanisms to improve data are not often implemented as part of a continuous improvement (CI) effort as current data architectures do not support this capability. This means both processes and teams aren't adapting and improving as they go - an unsustainable approach to take in modern data. With the rate that data complexity and volume is increasing, teams need to be constantly working to stay up to date with processes that can accelerate and not hinder productivity or data flows.

If you’re faced with any of these challenges with your internal analytics teams, it may be time to look into bringing on a Managed Analytics Service to help alleviate these difficulties and drive your business forward. Managed Analytics Services can help free up time, money, and resources for your internal analytics teams.

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