The IBM DataFirst Method transforms your business on your journey to become a cognitive enterprise by gaining the most value from your data.

  • Focusing on your analytics, cloud and cognitive journey
  • Designing a solution to a specific business problem
  • Driving a successful production implementation

Delivered though collaboration with IBM sales, Global Business Services, Lab Services and trusted IBM Business Partners

The DataFirst Method Process

1.  Leverages collaborative and agile techniques to drive a data-driven business.

2.  Leverages IBM’s and our business partners’ expertise and proven practices to help you gain the most value from your data.

3.  Accelerates success through the use of repeatable patterns.

Explore the DataFirst Method Process and Flow

Briefing & Vision:

  • Evaluate where you are today
  • Identify areas of opportunity as well as business challenges to address in your Discovery Workshop

Discovery Workshop:

  • Develop a use case with an actionable starting point and roadmap to the future
  • Design a high-level solution in support of the given use case
  • Identify gaps and plan to address through detailed design

Design & Validate:

  • Design the solution
  • Prove / Prototype
  • Assess the business value
  • Leverage workshops, proven practices, and subject matter expertise


  • Deliver with IBM and Partner Expertise

Run & Maintain:

  • Develop and continuously refine roadmap, business value, and next steps along the way

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IBM DataFirst Method Discovery Workshop

Your data-driven journey starts with this single step...

  • Use case confirmation (business objective & challenge, problem being solved, expected business benefits and value)
  • Current-state data, architecture, systems and user personas supporting the identified use case and a drafted future-state solution
  • Initial solution roadmap with progression steps including dates, outcomes and a resource plan


Accelerate your success with the DataFirst Method

Learn how the DataFirst Method provides the strategy, expertise and game plan to help you get the most value from data.

Key benefits of taking a DataFirst approach

Nik Green of Delhaize America & Kevin McIntyre discuss the DataFirst Method at BigDataNYC.

Client Successes

Driving the adoption of Watson Data Platform and IBM Analytics Solutions.

Grocery Retailer

Improves customer engagement and boosts supply chain efficiency.

Luxury Retailer

Implements a solution to drive better insights for their loyalty program.

Global Financial Institution

Bringing effectiveness and efficiency to internal operations with data science and machine learning practices.

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