A data-first approach accelerates transformations

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November 2016

Accelerating the transformation time frame

The traditional delivery model for large scale transformation efforts among financial services (FS) institutions often reveals significant data-related issues too late in the testing phase of the project life cycle, when the costs of changes are generally much higher and the ability to change the design is very limited. Organizations subsequently find themselves mitigating missed or bad data requirements, making reactive decisions and delivering results that fall short of goal, run late, exceed budget, or all of the above.

To help achieve transformations with shorter time frames and improved efficiency, we propose FS organizations adopt a data-first approach. This approach requires the identification and resolution of data gaps during the business and functional requirements phase, as compared to the traditional method, which typically focuses on identifying and resolving gaps after requirements are fully defined. 

By leveraging a data-first approach, organizations may benefit by:

  • Identifying data gaps earlier in the project life cycle and significantly reducing the size and cost of missed requirements.
  • Focusing on build and test phases with fewer late changes than the traditional model.
  • Improving reliability of project financials, including alignment of project costs and benefits.
  • Reducing program and operational risk through lower IT complexity.

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John Garvey

Global Financial Services Leader, PwC US

Julien Courbe

Principal, Financial Services Advisory Leader, PwC US

Kyle Robinson

Director, Advisory Financial Services, PwC US

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