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Using data analytics to give your business a competitive advantage

Data analytics is rapidly changing the way businesses are operated. By making use of your financial and non-financial data, you can quickly start to gain a deeper insight into your operations, performance and financial management.

Data-driven decisions are quickly becoming the norm, for even the smallest business. Data analytics allows helps you spot the patterns. Understand the data trends. And preview the upcoming threats and opportunities for improvement.

Taking a deep dive into your data

Data analytics has become a crucial tool for small business owners that want to stay competitive and grow their operations in the most informed way possible.

By collecting, analysing and making sense of data, you can gain valuable insights into your performance. This means you can quickly identify the areas that need improvement and the opportunities in the market – while making data-driven decisions about your future.

To deliver the best insights from your data:

  • Calculate which data and metrics are most important to the business - what are the key numbers and drivers of success for your particular business? By analysing your data, you can determine which data and metrics are most important to your business and track these numbers in your cloud accounting platform or forecasting app.

  • Track KPIs in your software stack – your cloud-accounting platform can provide a dashboard that shows all your performance indicators (KPIs) key in one place. To add to this, you can also integrate with industry specific or tailored reporting apps to create detailed management information and reports. Tracking and reporting on these key numbers helps you analyse your data, create detailed breakdowns of your business information and monitor your sales, business and financial performance in real-time.

  • Look for the patterns and opportunities in the data – what you’re looking for in your data is the trends, patterns and insights that will help you become a better business. Pull out the trends in your customers’ behaviour, spot opportunities for growth and optimise your operations, to help push the company towards success. Non-financial data about customer behaviour and experiences can also be invaluable. When you know your customers expectations and spending habits, that gives you the foundations to tailor your products and services to their needs. It also helps drive sales, revenues and get a better return on investment (ROI) from your operations.

  • Use AI to analyse your data – with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning applications, you add the ability to sift, filter and compare your data in superhuman ways. AI can process and analyse data at a speed and volume that would be impossible for a human being. Software can measure progress towards goals or detect variances in budget numbers, flagging up these insights as notificiations in your dashboards and management information.

  • Keep yourself ahead of the competition – With the right smart data-analysis tools at your fingertips, you’ll make informed decisions that help you stay ahead of your competitors and new entrants. These tools help you identify new market segments, spot opportunities for growth and optimise your operations to stay competitive in the market. In the fast-moving digital age, keeping on top of your data is the fastest way to give your business a much-needed edge.

Talk to us about employing data analytics

Data analytics is an essential tool if you want to stay competitive and grow your operations.

We’ll help you track the right data, produce the most insightful management information and deliver the insights you need. Whether your goal is improved business outcomes, cost savings, increased revenue or improved customer satisfaction, we’ll help you delve through the data and make informed decisions that will drive the future of your business.





This post was originally published / written by BOMA and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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