February 4, 2021

Gartner Research–How data and analytics leaders can overcome resistance by turning saboteurs into allies

Analyst Report

Sometimes the largest obstacles to successful data and analytics initiatives come from unexpected places. According to Gartner, “Poor management of competing stakeholder agendas, expectations and values contributes to failure of data and analytics initiatives. Thirty percent of respondents in Gartner’s ‘Fifth Annual Chief Data Officer Survey’ said stakeholder resistance and fear were major roadblocks to sharing data in their enterprises.”[1]


Though it seems counterintuitive, opposition to data initiatives stifles progress toward widespread data literacy for many organizations, despite the fact that data literacy will become a necessity for organizations that hope to succeed in coming years.


What can be done to overcome resistance, whether it is intentional or unintentional in nature? To discover Gartner’s recommendations for turning opposition into advocacy, please access this complimentary report.

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[1] Judah, Saul; Heizenberg, Jorgen; De Simoni, Guido; Duncan, Alan D. “How Data and Analytic Leaders Can Overcome Resistance by Turning Saboteurs into Allies,” Gartner, August 2020.