2016 will go down for many things, many things that most people wouldn’t consider to be all that positive.
But, it brought one important need to the surface, a need with great potential, a need that many saw as something very positive. Last year, the potential and need for big data became more apparent than ever before.
It also became more accessible, so accessible, that three quarters of all major companies and corporations invested in it in one way or another by the close of the year, or plan to do so in the next two years, according to a major Gartner study.
For us, that’s exciting, we love seeing companies understand the value in data, and work toward making it work for them.
But, there’s a point that many of these companies are missing: data is only the beginning. The power lies in what happens with the data. The power lies in automated, mobile workflow solutions.
What’s a Workflow Anyway?
You use flow charts daily. You understand that for an action to become useful, it must be part of something bigger, part of a process that works toward a specific end.
A data-driven workflow does just this. It collects the data, but then it turns it into something powerful. It refines it, it turns it into digestible, useful information that works for a specific purpose. That purpose might be streamlining an engineering process. It might be developing a new product or service. It might be adjusting the way a company responds to a specific stimuli…the possibilities are endless.
A workflow might include data collection, data filtering and refining and custom reporting. It takes data from a single starting point and turns it into what you need it to be for your organization, something tailored to meet a specific goal, to answer a specific question or to help in forecasting a specific response.
Mobile Workflow Solutions Save Time and Money
Maybe you see the point in using data for more, for refining it and making it into something active instead of something stagnant; you understand that it is only the beginning. That’s great.
But, how will you turn it into what you need it to be? Data-driven initiatives can be costly, and can still leave the end user frustrated, wondering what to do to turn the data that is collected into something more. Extensive costs can go into analyzing data, into manually studying it and reporting on it. These actions take time, expertise and background knowledge, all which come at a high response.
When custom workflows are created that are automated based on specific needs, however, those time-related expenses can be negated, or at least reduced significantly. Automation makes it possible to pull the insights and other information you need from data and to see the bigger picture each individual data point creates without putting time and money into analyzing the data manually.
The Importance of Smart Data Workflows
As we said earlier, investing in data is only the beginning. It’s what happens next that matters most. Remember, more isn’t always better.
Instead, smart is better.
When you work with a solutions partner to create a workflow that is designed to meet your specific needs, you’ll be able to collect what you need to be more efficient. Collecting more data than you need is time and cost prohibitive, and leads to waste.
Custom workflows use data as a starting point – which too many organizations see as an end point as well. From there, they help you use data the way you need to by:
- Changing the way data is collected in the first place, eliminating the need for replicated processes and “offline collection procedures” that require a pen and pencil.
- Refining data, removing duplication and making it “clean.”
- Creating real time, easy-to-visualize analytics that enhance decision-making, bringing it into the present, instead of the past.
- Customizing reports that share the insights that matter for your specific needs, and complying with any regulatory standards that might be in place for your industry.
And more. So much more.
The potential for data is unlimited, but, only when the proper workflow is in place from the start.
Ready to revolutionize the way your company works with data? To jump into the trend that’s changing how businesses make decisions, but at a higher level that’s more efficient than ever before?
We’re here for you. Request a custom demo today to get started. We can’t wait to see what a custom workflow could do to solve your data-related problems.