How To Improve Your IT Department With Business Intelligence Reporting
by Christian Ofori-Boateng on Jun 4, 2017 8:57:00 AM
Your IT department is capable of far more than quick repairs and data reporting. Without the aid of Business Intelligence Reporting Software, however, you may never see that potential in action. BI software offers better reports over a shorter span of time, and the benefits feed directly back into your IT staff.
BI Reporting Is More Efficient
Humans are limited by the speed of our eyes and fingers. No matter how well-trained and efficient your IT team may be, business intelligence reporting is faster and smarter. Going through customer receipts, storefront closing numbers, and customer feedback cards manually is possible. It’s also grossly inefficient. These are also relatively easy analytical processes when compared with the Big Data available. No matter how clever, quick, and detail-oriented your IT staff are, they are no match for the sheer bulk of data they’re expected to handle.
BI reporting does not replace your IT team. However, it can take away the time-consuming legwork that mires the team’s potential productivity. BI systems are also far more reliable and less prone to human error, which increases their value to IT departments and decision makers alike.
A system designed for ease of use is typically easier to understand than any notes or manually arranged spreadsheets. The data an IT department gathers goes out to nearly every department and decision maker in your business. Sometimes translating the IT shorthand into actionable information represents its own unique step in report preparation. This helps no one. It’s unrealistic to ask IT workers buried under stacks of data to shift their focus onto how they present information, but translating all that data into information is still a serious problem.
BI reporting boosts communication by providing the same system for all relevant parties. Good business intelligence software features intuitive controls that make it easy for anyone to understand the data presented. Whether you want decision makers to have a direct line to data or you just want your IT department to generate clearer reports, BI reporting offers a simple solution.
Spot and Develop Opportunities
If your IT department isn’t trapped in an endless cycle of report generation, it will be free to contribute more actively to your business’s overall development and production. As business intelligence reporting removes the weight of manual data-hunting, it also gives your IT department the tools to seek out new opportunities. BI information is just as relevant when turned inwards, to your IT staff, as it is when it’s turned outwards for other departments. Every business is different, of course, which means the opportunities waiting your IT department will be unique.
Although there are plenty of useful IT gadgets available, business intelligence reporting systems offer the greatest impact for your investment. Very few competing products can reasonably claim to reinvent your entire IT department, after all. Through business intelligence reporting, you can not only free your IT department, but you can find its new, more productive path. From the start of the process through the lifetime of your business, BI reporting systems are the shortcut to success.