You Mean You Can Do That? One Healthcare Organization's Journey to Self-Service Analytics

Jonathan Vasquez 0 296 Article rating: 5.0

How moving from legacy reporting systems to self-service analytics caused one healthcare manager to proclaim: "You mean you can do that? I've been asking to do that for 15 years!"

If you asked a typical healthcare manager what the differences are between the two types of systems, you'd expect a lot of blank stares. But the type of system an organization provides it's employees makes a huge difference in how efficiently and effectively they're able to perform their job. In turn, that has a huge effect on the organization's success.

So let's take a look at the difference and examine one case where this transition had a major effect on the organization's ability to solve some of their most critical business problems.

 

7 Common Ways Your Reporting System is Undermining Sales (Infographic)

Stephanie Craig 0 300 Article rating: 5.0

Last week, we discussed a business phenomenon known as Excel Anarchy, and specifically how to tell if it’s infecting your company’s sales organization.

Excel Anarchy is the phenomenon where leaders and managers create their own spreadsheets and reports, resulting in different versions of truth.  Your sales leaders create these reports out of a need that the company is not meeting. Their desire to do this is a sign you’ve got smart people in place who go above and beyond to perform. But, the harm this need creates is that these manmade reports run a high risk of containing errors. When company decisions are being made from spreadsheets that contain different and inaccurate information, the decisions will be the wrong ones.

There are seven common reporting system flaws that lead to this anarchy:

3 Signs Your Sales Organization is Suffering from Excel Anarchy (Infographic)

Stephanie Craig 0 180 Article rating: 5.0

At IPC we talk a lot about how important it is for an organization to have a single source of truth. This means all of a company’s source systems (HR, CRM, ERP, etc.) flow into one enterprise intelligence platform and all analytics are pulled directly from this platform. This way, whether it’s a sales manager putting together a monthly report or finance closing out the books, every piece of data being used to make decisions is derived from the same place.

Why is this important? Because the further your decision making point is from the source system, the more likely it is to be based on bad information. Every spreadsheet and pivot table created outside of a central enterprise intelligence platform introduces the potential for human error to infect the data, and thus the decisions based on that data. If this is happening in your sales organization, this can have dramatic consequences for your company’s performance. 

How can you tell if Excel Anarchy is happening in your sales organization? Let’s look at three telltale signs:

How to Get the Most Out of Qlik’s Qonnections

Keily Johnson 0 421 Article rating: 5.0

The buzz in our office lately has been about Qlik’s Qonnections, the Qlik user and partner conference. This year’s event is in May, so we’re busy deciding who from our team is going to head to sunny Orlando. We’re setting goals for this year's conference and starting to network.

I’ve been to many software conferences over the years, both as a partner and a customer. To get the most out of the event, it’s important to go into the conference with a game plan. Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of your Qonnections experience.

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