Tips on Creating
Humans are generally visual
creatures. We need to see something to believe it, or be able to digest and
use it. For most companies wanting to gauge their performance and success,
they need to analyze existing data. The problem is,
data by itself is useless. It only becomes useful once it’s collected and
analyzed and presented in a way we can understand. For many businesses this
is done through the use of dashboards.
dashboard is an easy to read and comprehend representation of data that
indicates the current status of a company. Most dashboards look at a
company’s Key Performance Indicators (KPI), and display information graphically
and more often than not in real-time. This study of performance is often
referred to as analytics, and companies can use KPIs, and the dashboards
that represent them, to predict, describe and even change performance.
have become an integral part of any analytics process, and can really help
a business. However, they need to be implemented properly if a business is
to benefit. Here are five tips that can help you launch useful dashboards.
Focus on the important
Dashboards allows you to track almost any form of data. This doesn’t mean
you should, however. In fact, it’s a good idea to step back and identify
the most important or most integral processes of your business. You could start
with two or three of these that you can clearly track from beginning to
Do your tech due diligence
The number of programs and full solutions that offer small businesses dashboards
are plentiful. You should think about what exactly you want to track and
your overall goals before you talk to a vendor.
the information and metrics identified, you should look for a solution that
allows you to track these to the level you want. If you’re only being
offered once a week views, for example, and you need updates once a day,
you’re better off continuing your search.
this, you should be careful to look at the options each dashboard has, and
the information it follows. You don’t want to be tracking information you
don’t need, as this could throw off the effectiveness of the solution.
One solution won’t fit all
It’s important to bear in mind that different departments or roles will
want to track different information. You should include the different team
wants, along with their representatives, when looking at solutions, so you
can get a better picture as to what you need.
Once you have set your goals or objectives and before you implement your
new dashboard, it is a good idea to track any related information. This
should give you a solid idea from which you can compare changes once the
dashboard is implemented.
pre-system tracking doesn’t have to be long, maybe three to six months –
enough time to give you a solid grasp of what you want to look at. After
implementation, track the same data for six months and look again. Any
changes will become the new benchmark which will allow you to launch new
solutions, or gauge effectiveness of the data you are collecting.
Back up your data
As with any tech system, all dashboard software will have the occasional
bug or glitch. It simply cannot be avoided. Developers and vendors know
this and many have backup solutions to ensure data loss is minimized. It is
a good idea to consult with them to ensure their backup meets your needs,
or look for one who can work with existing technology to ensure data won’t
Tracking data and
information that is critical to a business’s operations can help you gain not
only a clear picture of just how well your company is doing, but also
highlight any need for changes or improvements. If you would like to find
the right dashboards for your business, please contact us, we may have a
solution that will drive your success.
Is IT Outsourcing
In the developed world, outsourcing is commonly seen in two
very different ways: Employees see it as a threat to job security, while
companies often see it as way to capitalize on less costly labor markets.
There’s little doubt that many businesses could benefit from some form of
outsourcing. Why not start with one of the areas many managers and owners
feel least comfortable with: IT.
Outsourcing IT is a bit different than the usual outsourcing
you get in factories, or support services. Instead of going overseas, you
can partner with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) in your local area. MSPs
provide comprehensive IT management services which usually cover everything
Working with an MSP often has a direct impact on your bottom
line, and can help make your company even more successful than it already
is, or at least increase profits to get you there. However, there are many
more reasons companies outsource. Below are our Top Five:
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Do you secure
your private information?
The Internet has become ingrained in nearly everything we
do. There are many people who are barely disconnected these days. While
this development is great for companies, that arguably get more out of
employees as a result, there is a downside. In general, people are more
than willing to share their personal and private information online. This
can ruin reputations, or worse still, open you to identity theft, risks
which highlight the need to secure your online information.
Here are three things you can do to help secure your
personal data shared online.
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Computers - 7 Essential
There are many tools that business managers will consider to
be an integral part of their job. One tool most will agree on is the
computer. Simply put, many of us would not be able to do our jobs without
them. While they are indispensable, many users don't know much about their
trusty desktop or laptop. There is no doubt that the modern computer is a
complicated machine. However, it could help to know a bit about the
hardware you use on a daily basis.
Here's a basic overview of the seven essential hardware
components of the modern computer that businesses rely on. These components
are found in nearly every computer, and now many tablets and smartphones
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