If you’ve been following trends and the way certain industries are moving forward and experiencing growth, you understand the need for data.
You get that it is one of the most effective ways to gather information, to track trends and to make better decisions. You also know that the systems that are in place to gather, analyze, report and store that data make all the difference in the world. If a system isn’t customizable or isn’t “current” enough, you’ll end up back where you started.
You’re ready for something more.
Unfortunately, in most companies and organizations, decisions aren’t left to one person – you. They’re up to a team, to a board of directors or a team of executives that make all decisions that affect the bottom line positively or negatively.
You need to get that team on board, on your side, before you can move forward, before you can make the most of the data that’s out there, waiting to be collected with an industry-specific, customizable data management app or system.
Where do you start?
Think About the Basics
Those in high-level management – your co-decision makers – or on your board (who are likely top executives in their respective fields) are busy, just like you are. In fact, the average executive clocks in 57.8 hours of work per week – sound familiar?
They have a lot to focus on, and most of the time they feel like they’re just covering their bases – this means the idea of something “new,” even if it will save them time in the long run, can be hard to digest. Something that feels like a “trend” will likely be scoffed at in the beginning.
This means that when you select a mobile data collection or management system that fits the needs of your organization, you need to be selective in your pitch to the rest of the decision makers; you need to be specific, efficient and fast.
The Features that Matter Most
Obviously, the features that are most important vary from one industry or business to another. But, there are certain features that are applicable to almost everyone; they include:
Time Savings – How much time does your organization put into data gathering? How much of a paper trail exists? What if the time spent transferring data from paper to an electronic record could be cut? How much time – and money – could be saved in the process? Clear, concise figures that illustrate this point could bring your team onto your side.
Decision Making – A historic issue with data, is that the inherent lags between collection and reporting create delays that hinder decision making. However, when a data management system is in place that shows how systems are operating in real time, or how trends are developing from the very beginning, decision making – and profitability – can improve drastically.
Customizable Data Visualization – Data, especially when it is limited to spreadsheets and other more dated systems, can be difficult – even for engineers trained in analyzing data – to manage, digest and improve upon.
However, when results can be visualized using displays, maps and other image-centric overlays and graphs, it can become easier to comprehend and to work with. When the data is customized to meet your team’s specific needs, this is even more effective.
Forecasting and Analytics – What decision-makers on your board or management team may not realize, is that data can be smart; it can be proactive. When potential risks, trends and other pieces of data are analyzed properly, they can create forecasts that work for you, instead of following standard commands.
Data Management IS Worth it
What your team needs to understand, is that an effective data management system can save them money, can save them time, can free up resources for other endeavors and can lead to better decision making based off real-time data. Imagine the possibilities!
Just as important as selling the need for data management to your board is choosing the right data management partner. We’d love to talk to you more about what Zerion brings to the table and how we can improve upon your current pain points.
Ready to learn more? Ready to jump in? Request a demo; we look forward to answering your questions and creating the system you need to make your organization smarter by taking advantage of all of the information that’s at your fingertips.