One of the key hurdles that city leaders in Asia face is to create a strategy around how they use data.

While an increasing number of tech-driven projects and pilots are being launched, cities must be able to cope with the huge amounts of data that they create, and crucially, know how best to gain insights from them.

A whitepaper by analytics and AI company SAS shows six steps that cities should use as a framework to create a comprehensive data strategy. The main approach is to “think big but act small”.

  1. Set a broad vision for how analytics can improve the quality of life
  2. Identify projects to pilot based on how critical the issues are and what data you already have
  3. Evaluate how data is currently managed, including its quality, storage and provenance
  4. Determine the best approach to get insights from this data, based on three available models
  5. Housekeeping is crucial. Before you start analysing your data, it is critical to ensure the data is clean, reconciled and consistently managed
  6. Implement an analytics platform that best suits the governance approach and projects you’ve chosen

To go further in-depth on these six stages, download the whitepaper by filling in the form below.