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Is your business intelligence giving you the answers?
The question was deceptively simple: “How much did we make out of the event?”
The fact that everyone around the table remained silent was probably the most telling answer – no one could give the Chairman any figure.
Was it because they had not finished the books, even though the event had taken place five weeks earlier? Was it because they had seen it as a charity? Was it because they had no measure for success? Was it because they did not have an effective business intelligence reporting tools in place?
Regardless, the Chairman did not look impressed – was it really that hard to measure?
Data management – measuring for success.
They say that “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it”.
Although this quote is inaccurately attributed to Dr. Edward W. Deming it is widely popular, especially in respect to data management. Reason being, too often, people come face to face with the clear evidence of organizations failing to effectively use data they already have to obtain the measures that they need to improve decision making.
Intuitively, measurement is a critical part of implementing change.
Measures let an implementation team know whether the changes they are making actually lead to improvements.
Measures let a sales team know how they are performing, and which products are most popular.
Measures let the service desk know how long customers are waiting on average, and when the peak periods of the day are.
It’s measures like these that lead to better decisions: Do we need more resources? Do we need more training? Do we need to review our product mix?
Without strategically driven measures, how will you know that a change is an improvement?
The benefits of trend analysis.
Add to this the dimension of trend analysis, and pretty soon you get a picture of how things are progressing in the longer term.
In sales, we say “the trend is your friend” – if what you are doing leads to good results, then continue doing it, but if it’s not giving you what you want, then it’s time to change something.
“But past performance is often not a good predictor of the future”, I hear you say – indeed, in financial markets, one would consider trends carefully, but even traders use well developed historical charts for their decision making.
And that is only possible by collecting data, and presenting analytical insights in a visible and meaningful form.
Gain real time analytics through the AlfBI business intelligence tool.
AlfBI is a simple and powerful analytics tool which lets you access and understand company data effectively.
As a business intelligence tool, it collects and collates data from your various systems, such as your finance system and your customer relationship management system (CRM).
By displaying the answers in custom dashboards, in formats that make sense, (such as a bar graph, a pie chart, a detailed table or a trend line), it empowers anyone within the organization to analyze and ask questions about your data.
Questions can be saved, making it easy to come back at a later date, or shared in dashboards with the rest of your team.
Judiciously placed, these dashboards increase transparency across the organization, and ensure that everyone is on the same page, and can collaborate better towards the same growth targets.
Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, Testing, Support, Operations all have their own KPIs to display, and to measure against, and they are there for all to see.
With AlfBI, if your get asked the question about how much money the event made, chances are you will have your results, ready to report on.
AlfBI provides effective reporting on Alfresco.
If you use Alfresco, the world’s most popular open source Enterprise Content Management System, you will find that AlfBI is perfectly suited to your organization’s business intelligence reporting needs.
For example, here are a list of some of the typical questions that you may have with regards to your Alfresco repository:
- How large is the repository, and how fast is it growing over time?
- How many files are there, and who is creating the most?
- Which site has the most activity, and by whom?
- Is there a memory leak in the system?
- How many login failures happened in the last week?
- Which files were the most viewed last month?
- Which files were added yesterday?
- Which files are locked, how long have they been locked for and by whom?
- Which geographical locations do image files refer to?
- Which files are shared with people external to the organization?
These are all important metrics that are generally hard to extract from Alfresco, however with the addition of AlfBI you can generate the vital information that you need to keep your system running well, and watch your user adoption grow.
The value of intelligent business reporting tools.
An intelligent business reporting tool, AlfBI fills the gap between the data you already have, and the presentation you require to be able to derive the information you need to make better, more strategic decisions.
It opens up the possibility of exploring other areas where data can be extracted, and used to measure performance, displayed in customized elegant dashboards.
AlfBI enables your data to tell you the story of how things really are.
Check out AlfBI Tech Specs.
Let Parashift help you get the most out of your organizations data.
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