How to Run a More Intelligent Business in 2019

October 31, 2018 | 514 views

How to Run a More Intelligent Business in 2019

How to Run a More Intelligent Business in 2019

By 2020, each human will generate 1.7 megabytes of new information per second, according to the IDC. That number is large enough to cause us to gasp but still foreign enough to leave us scratching our heads wondering, what on earth will we do with that information?

 

This information and data overload has struck businesses hard in the gut. Intelligence about business operations, consumer behavior, and more, is at our disposal but the problem is, there continues to be uncertainty about how to use that information to grow.

 

2019 will become the year of the intelligent business as more apps and tools get adopted by companies as a means for harnessing information and spurring company success. Are you one of them? If so, here are a few types of tools to get started with now, so when the New Year hits in a few months, you’re already in the business intelligence game.

 

Operations

It’s hard work to manage people. Everyone has different learning methods, scheduling needs, and demands. By tracking that data using tools, you can run a more efficient operation while still keeping your employees happy.

 

Today’s tools can help you funnel the overload and overwhelming amount of data at your disposal into one location. For example, tracking employee engagement with a tool like TINYpulse can help you understand what’s happening in terms of your team’s happiness. Tools like our online scheduling app, ScheduleBase, can help you track information about your team’s hours and needs.

 

When it comes to operations, having this type of information at your disposal can help you and your team be more productive and push you closer to your goals.

 

Marketing

When it comes to reaching your target market, you need the same insights you have on your team about your consumers. That’s where intelligence tools come into play.

 

For the sales and marketing teams, using tools, such as SizeUp, a free tool that lets you see how you measure up to the competition and find customers, or Litmus, which deepens the type of analytics you get back from your email campaign, can help. Having these tools brings data into one location. You’re able to filter down and watch how you’re performing with certain tasks, so you can fine tune your strategies and see bigger ROI on your marketing investments.

 

Project Management

Knowledge is power when it comes to motivation. For project managers, having a way to easily and seamlessly distribute information across companies and up the chain to the board and executives is paramount. Using data visualization tools, such as DataHero, Tableau, or Klipfolio are a good start.

 

These apps enable you to take information your team is generating every second and turn it into a beautiful display of charts and graphs. These charts can quickly convey information to the people who need it, which saves a tremendous amount of time. It also prevents teams from running the risk of misinterpretation depending on who’s looking at the facts and figures coming in.

 

It’s Time for More Intelligence

An intelligent operation is one that thrives because it uses data and information to spur growth. 2019 will be the year when more companies of all sizes tap into what’s available and harness it as a means for pushing upward. Will you be on board?

 

 

Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007, and 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

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