In today's world, information technology (IT) analysts are of significant importance. They keep a business running smoothly and provide every department with the data needed to fuel each of their tasks, but when IT analysts struggle to complete their reports or keep software up and running, the rest of the organization crumbles. Who is there to support the IT analysts? That's where ChristianSteven Software and Business Intelligence (BI) comes in. Can Business Intelligence help IT analysts?
More reports in less time
One of the biggest problems IT analysts face is trying to serve every department in an organization during a regular 40-hour workweek. Often times, there aren't enough IT analysts to get to everything in quickly, which leaves some department heads grumbling while they wait. One of the most obvious ways Business Intelligence can help IT analysts is to provide software that enables the analyst to gather more data reports in less time. Not only can BI pull up data quickly for reports, Business Intelligence software can even offer end users data in real time. This frees up time for IT analysts that would otherwise be spent gathering and preparing data for executives on a sometimes daily basis. If an executive decided at 4:30pm that they wanted to know how a particular department was running, they could pull up the data themselves, using the BI software, and see the information desired without initiating a request from the IT analyst. With this in place, the IT analyst can focus his or her knowledge and skills on maintaining the technological infrastructure of the company.
Valuable data generation
Another great feature of Business Intelligence software is that it can help IT analysts create easily readable data reports. Many executives and employees know they need to see how certain data relates to other data, but they aren't sure how to use that data to get the information they desire. This is when they reach out to the IT analysts. If every employee in a company of 700 requested one document a week, then IT analysts would be responsible for evaluating and creating 140 data documents per day. That's a lot of extra work. Business Intelligence software offers execs and employees an opportunity to not only do their own data search but be presented with data that is readable and understandable. No more waiting in the IT line for a turn to get the data needed to do a job well. Employees no longer need the IT analyst to create a report that can identify data relationships and ways to cut costs.
Automated report scheduling
Business Intelligence can help IT analysts by allowing them to set up automated reports. Several businesses, such as medical practices, can benefit from automated report scheduling. IT analysts can set up a report to be sent out every morning that lists schedules for the day, supplies needed for scheduled procedures, and other information. Some CEOs might prefer an end-of-day report that documents the amount of product sold that day. With real-time technology and a scheduled report planned, this wouldn't be difficult for an IT analyst to set up. These scheduled automated reports can save IT analysts time, and we all know that “time is money”. Automated report scheduling can be extremely valuable to an organization.
Business Intelligence can definitely help IT analysts with practical day-to-day tasks. It can also help improve IT's reputation within the company because there will be less waiting on reports and more on-time and on-demand, in-depth reports for executives and employees. If your IT analysts manage long to-do lists and work a lot of overtime, it might be time to consider investing in Business Intelligence software.
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