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Business Case

Define a compelling case for investing in data
Business Meeting
Outline your data journey
Form your data objectives
Realise the value of your data
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Business case

Support to create a clear and concise case for investing in data, so you can achieve your strategic goals


Do you want to elevate data practices at your institution but need funding to get this new culture off the ground?

You’ll need to make a compelling case for investing in data. But how do you do that?


Our Business Case equips you to have conversations with key decision makers, helping you to give them a top-level understanding of:

  • The tangible value data brings to your institution

  • How data can support your institution’s strategic objectives

  • How investment in data aligns with your institution’s future aims


Through our series of steps, you’ll gain support to create a clear and concise business case for investing in data.

Classmates in the Library

Your way to showcase the value of your institution’s data

  • Define your institution’s data challenge
  • Discover what other institutions are doing with their data
  • Identify your stakeholders
  • Define your informed data culture
  • Outline why data should be a priority
  • Show these are realistic goals to achieve

What's included..

We'll support you to create an individual, authentic, and compelling case to key decision makers, making the case for data as a strategic asset.
An outline of your institution’s data challenge

This will help you to understand the challenges that your institution is facing and the opportunities that you are trying to capitalise on.

A benchmarking report

This will help you to understand how your institution compares to its peers in terms of data management capabilities and maturity.

A stakeholder map of who needs to be involved

This will help you to ensure that the data strategy is aligned with the needs of your institution and that it is implemented effectively.

An outline of your institution’s return on investment

This will help you to make a compelling case to invest in how the institution and its staff value data.

Your plan for implementation

This will help you to ensure that the data strategy is achievable and that it has the resources it needs to be successful.

A vision for your data culture

This will help you to understand how your institution views data and how the data strategy can help to improve your institution's data culture.

Your strategic priorities outlined

This will help you to understand how the data strategy aligns with your institution's overall goals.

Your next steps

This will help you to track the progress of the data strategy and to make adjustments as needed.

The questions your business case will answer

Who will help us?

Identify the key players in your data journey, understand their roles, explore why they're integral to your mission, and devise effective ways to engage them in your data dialogue.

Why data?

Delve into the data conundrum you’re aiming to solve, envision your data future, align this with your strategic intent, appreciate the benefits of your initiative, and consider the impact on your institution.

What are other institutions doing?

Look at how other institutions are navigating similar data challenges, identify the trailblazers, understand the choices they made, and see how you could leapfrog the competition.

Who do we need to take on the data journey?

Map out key decision makers, identify your champions, understand the skills you need, find out who possesses them, consider if you need external expertise, and plan how to involve everyone in your data culture.

What will it cost?

Calculate the return on data investment, itemise the costs involved, understand who bears these costs, predict when you’ll see the ROI, consider ongoing capital and operational expenditures, and check if you’ve accounted for these costs before.

What do we need to do?

Sketch out your action plan, set a timeline, mark the milestones, identify potential risks, list your assumptions, gauge your confidence level, align with other initiatives, and anticipate potential impacts.

How will we do it?

Discuss the behaviours that foster a data culture, devise strategies to sustain it, plan how to communicate it, identify who's involved, and measure its effectiveness.

Why now?

Understand why this is a strategic priority, calculate the cost of inaction, consider the consequences of delay, explore the possibility of accelerating the process, identify what the initiative enables or supports, and check if you’re up against any external deadlines.

What do we do next?

Outline the next steps, clarify what you’re asking for, identify who you’re asking, determine the answers you need, and plan what happens next

Head of Student Systems, Queen's University Belfast

For a number of years we have worked with Alex developing our approach to HEDIIP. Alex was able to help us demonstrate the requirement for good data governance, making it accessible and relevant to senior stakeholders. We have continued to work together to develop and assure our data programmes including a detailed review of our Data Futures plan and approach. Alex is approachable, pragmatic and experienced in all areas of the management of data. Alex has an excellent understanding of how data is used in the HE sector and the opportunities good data management/governance can bring to Institutions.

Explore our range of services


Market Research & analysis

Helps you understand your data better by providing real-world insights as to where your institution is on its data readiness pathway and helps to inform the solutions and strategies you need.


Data Strategy

Helps you to develop a clear and comprehensive roadmap for how data is used across your institution to drive decision-making, reduce operational costs, mitigate risk, establish data monitoring indicators, and achieve your goals alongside a data informed culture


Data Evolution

Helps empower your teams and enhance your data governance operating model for sustained success. We provide support, mentoring, templates, and data monitoring routines to ensure effective data management that aligns with your institution's goals. By engaging stakeholders, we help build capacity and foster a data-driven culture within your organisation.


Data Vision

Helps your institution craft a comprehensive Data Vision that clarifies the role of data in achieving strategic aims, ensuring that your data assets are not just managed but are actively driving progress and innovation.



Helps put your Data Strategy into action, establishing data governance and promoting guardianship, and creating a data-driven culture for sustainable ongoing improvement across your institution. Receive a plan to action yourself or get ongoing support from our team.

Let's join your data dots to create the environment for success

Your institution’s data should be comprehensive, trustworthy, and easy to access.

So everyone can work to create the environment for success.

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