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European Survey Shows Quality Customer Reference Data Critical to Digital Engagement

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According to new research from Veeva Systems (NYSE: VEEV), customer data is critical to digital transformation initiatives for European life sciences companies. Findings from the Veeva 2020 European Customer Data Survey reveal that commercial data leaders recognize the value in harmonizing data for a 360-degree view of customers, with 77% citing it as the main driver for better customer data. This is especially critical as more companies transition to digital engagement as a primary way to connect with healthcare professionals (HCPs).

Nearly all (91%) respondents say customer reference data is a global strategic asset. Given the importance of customer data, more than three-quarters have a data quality initiative underway or planned, signaling an industrywide move to improve their data.

“There is increasing urgency throughout the industry to improve the accuracy of customer reference data to better support digital transformation efforts,” said Rebecca Silver, general manager, Veeva OpenData. “Having a complete, full picture of the customer is key to getting the right insights and accelerating digital engagement.”

Barriers to Data Quality and Integration

The majority of respondents (90%) say that field teams are challenged with aging and incomplete data. In fact, most (89%) say that customer data quality is a significant challenge. Issues with poor data quality are likely driving data enhancement programs, with most respondents (88%) citing data improvement as a top priority for their organization.

Over two-thirds have data that exists in multiple, unintegrated systems. This lack of integration makes it harder to access customer data. More than three-quarters cite difficulty matching all channels of data to get a single view of their customer interactions. Majorities (55%) report dissatisfaction enabling reps to engage new HCPs with real-time access to customer data.

The Need for Better Governance

Respondents show a lack of confidence in their organizations’ ability to manage customer reference data and implement successful data management strategies. More than half (57%) say their organizations lack an efficient data governance model and only 10% of companies surveyed strongly agree they are satisfied with their data governance.

Quality data is key to field performance, which explains why the majority of respondents (77%) are focused on better data access to improve sales force effectiveness. Organizations with strong data governance and initiatives to improve data management are more likely to give their reps easy access to customer profiles and fast data change requests (71% vs. 53%).

In other news today, Veeva also announced the findings of the Veeva 2020 North America Customer Reference Data Survey Report revealing that accurate customer data is essential to digital transformation efforts. Read today’s press release to learn more.

The Veeva 2020 European Customer Data Survey examines the current state of data quality within life sciences companies across Europe. The findings represent the experiences and opinions of more than 90 commercial data owners and represent all of the major European markets, with the majority of respondents from France, Italy, the UK, and Spain. Download the full results at veeva.com/EUDataSurvey.

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About Veeva Systems

Veeva Systems Inc. is a leader in cloud solutions—including data, software, and services—for the global life sciences industry. Committed to innovation, product excellence, and customer success, Veeva serves more than 900 customers, ranging from the world's largest pharmaceutical companies to emerging biotechs. The company is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. For more information, visit veeva.com/eu.

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Research Highlights
Veeva 2020 European Customer Reference Data Survey

The Veeva 2020 European Customer Reference Data Survey examines the current state of customer reference data within life sciences across Europe through the opinions and experiences reported by commercial data owners. Findings indicate that the quality and integration of data need to be significantly improved.

Satisfaction with Customer Data

  • Most (89%) say that customer data quality is a significant challenge for the businesses they support, with 41% in strong agreement with this statement.
  • Over two-thirds of respondents (68%) report that their organization has customer data in multiple systems.

Importance of Customer Data and Data Governance

  • The majority of respondents (91%) state that their organization views customer reference data as a global strategic asset.
  • The importance of customer data to support life sciences strategic initiatives is well recognized, with 88% of respondents reporting that customer data is essential to launching new products or sales models.
  • A minority (10%) of respondents strongly agree that they are satisfied with their data governance model.

Industrywide Move to Improve Customer Reference Data

  • Organizations are changing their approach to customer data, with 78% of respondents reporting that they are undertaking or planning a customer data enhancement initiative.
  • Top data enhancement initiatives include improving data access and field force effectiveness (77%), gaining a 360-degree view of customers (77%), and enhancing data quality for accurate reporting /analytics (71%).

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