If the word “DATA” reflected how businesses usually store their data, it would look like this: “adTA”. Mixed up. In different formats. Full of mistakes. And some people wouldn’t be able to see it at all.
It’s confusions, errors and lack of organisation which Agile Solutions Data Management exists to resolve – enabling you to find and capitalise on the commercial value buried in your data.
Data brings difficulties
Data in your business can come from anywhere and everywhere.
- Customer name
- Customer address
- Sales figures
- Customer demographics
- Shopping habits
- Production output
- And so on and so on.
The more data there is, the more difficult it is to manage. For example, if customer names and addresses are generated by deliveries as well as by sales, are they consistent? Smith or Smyth? Hertfordshire or Herts.?
Data Cleansing and Data Quality can be a challenge. But data also brings opportunities.
Are you over-cooling your offices? Heating them at night when they’re empty? Setting the optimum temperature to reduce fuel consumption?
Even seemingly simple data from your HVAC system can – if properly managed – help your business to greater profitability.
Is your production data only visible to the Production Department, sales data to the Sales Department, and so on?
If it is, it’s hard to realise its value.
For example, sales figures in one database, customer demographics in another, and shopping habits in a third – with no way to connect them – make it impossible to identify trends and adapt production, purchasing or marketing to capitalise on the insights gained.
As the quantity of data inevitably expands, so do the opportunities it offers and the challenges it presents.
Without effective Data Management, most businesses will only just manage.
Organise. Analyse. Monetise.
There are three steps to effective Data Management:
Organise your data
This can start as simply as ensuring spellings are consistent, and become as complex as ensuring data is stored in a logical, accessible, searchable format.
Analyse your data
The right analytical tools, properly utilised, will help you mine the data to produce information your business can use.
Monetise your data
You’ve turned data into information and knowledge. Now use that knowledge to make your business more profitable.
The Agile approach
Generally, suppliers offering Data Management are generalist. Agile Solutions isn’t.
Data is our thing and always has been. That makes us more:
We’re also vendor independent. We don’t start with the tools and make them fit. We start by looking at your business challenges, then help you identify the software tools that will help you overcome them most effectively.
We’ll even negotiate with vendors on your behalf, then get the system set up and running for you.
Not forgetting, of course, we’re Agile.
Agile is how we operate and Agile Solutions are what we deliver.
So you’re kept in the loop as the project progresses. You can make changes along the way as your requirements change, without the need for extensive replanning. And an agile Data Management project gets delivered faster, to start improving your business profitability sooner.