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Big data continues to make its presence felt by influencing business activities across major industries worldwide. From start-ups to corporations, numerous organizations are joining the integrated digital bandwagon to provide a seamless, transparent, and accessible connection between suppliers, distributors, and consumers. As promising as this system may seem, most regions are currently encountering initial “teething issues” because of some challenges, as outlined below.
Workforce shortage of qualified and experienced data analysts. A yawning gap exists between cloud-based platforms that identify and stream data points and skilled analysts who are equipped enough to comb through the universal data to funnel out high quality points of analysis and deposit them in “data warehouses” for further analyses. While certain skills remain transferable between industries, having a foundational understanding of the industry itself, such as food safety and quality systems, would help bridge data analyses with business intelligence better.
Change management and user acceptance. The documentation and recordkeeping paradigm has certainly shifted from paper-based systems to encrypted, digital tools. As a result of rapidly evolving applications and programs, some businesses are struggling with training their teams to bring them up to speed. In addition to these changes, change management strategies will have to implement better ways to address rejections and resistances expressed by dissatisfied or frustrated end users.| | | Next → | Single Page
About Judy Sebastian
Judy Sebastian, Food Quality & Safety's blogger, has a dual specialization in public health and safety and organizational development. Equipped with over 10 years of experience in food safety systems implementation, workplace culture assessments, and talent development strategies, she is passionate about global food culture and how it impacts our daily lives. Judy is a certified trainer and consultant with Dubai-based consultancy Apex Food Consultants and is currently based in Portland, Ore. Reach her at email@example.com.