Data requests were getting lost and going unanswered for the PartnerStack data team. By using Secoda, they've increased data team output and democratized data exploration for the company.
The data team at PartnerStack has one goal: to democratize data for the entire company as it grows. Brendan McDonald, Data Operations Manager at PartnerStack, is spearheading this goal. He and his team of analysts work hard to empower other teams in the company to:
As a unit, the data team fields all of the PartnerStack data requests. They make sure that the workload for these is evenly distributed, and that they never disrupt the bigger data projects that the team might be working on.
Typical data requests that Brendan and his team would be all over the board– it was typical for finance teams to ask for metrics, context, and data surrounding revenue and earnings, for the product team to make requests around usage and in-app behavior, the customer experience team to ask for customer churn metrics, the list of diverse requests is endless.
When Brendan joined PartnerStack three years ago, the entire company was only 20 people. Since then, the team has grown to over 200, and with that growth came an increasing demand for data. The data team grew to try to meet these demands, but a glaring problem began to arise. Data requests from the rest of the company came with such urgency and from so many different platforms that the team began to lose track of the requests, some never being completed.
In addition to the lost, untimely data requests, the data team was struggling to establish momentum with their bigger picture data projects that was essential for them to complete on top of external requests from the team. There was no process in place to track and collaborate on these data requests, resulting in lost requests, no metrics on how long these requests took to complete, and multiple interruptions from receiving data requests via direct message.
As the data team doubled in size, managing the incoming requests effectively became a priority for PartnerStack. In order to complete their larger data initiatives, the team needed a tool to manage data requests, understand how their team was interacting with the data, and distribute the workload of data requests evenly.
Enter Secoda. The PartnerStack team was in search of a solution to effectively manage data requests and the analytics to be proactive in data knowledge for the rest of the team.
The PartnerStack team now has a process in place for fielding data requests, and SLA’s (service-level agreement) that mean no more interruptions on Slack, increased data team capacity, and better data discovery for the business data users across the company.
For Brendan, Secoda is a clear solution for any data team that has to handle ad hoc data requests from the rest of their company. If you’re finding that the number of requests that your data team handles is increasing, or that you have no metrics or benchmark for how long it takes to answer these requests, it’s probably time to give Secoda a try.
This is because Secoda provides a space for all data requests and questions that arise in the same place that data documentation lives. It also provides powerful insights into how users interact with data resources, so data teams can start to spot trends and be proactive.