Making the most of the data explosion in healthcare

We have more healthcare data now than ever before.

 

If you’ve been paying attention to the latest goings-on in the healthcare industry, you’ve probably noticed one unmistakable trend – there’s been a massive increase in the amount of data organisations have come across in recent years. The old days of doctors and insurance providers keeping medical records in filing cabinets are long gone. Today, everything is digitised, and with that, there’s the potential for an analytical revolution.

Potential can’t be unlocked without intelligence, foresight and a great deal of technical skill.

Potential is just that, though. It can’t be unlocked without intelligence, foresight and a great deal of technical skill. That’s the next step for the healthcare industry in the years ahead. We already have a lot of data at our fingertips, but the next step is harnessing it to unearth real insights and achieve tangible results in terms of superior patient care.

The great potential of big data in health

The “big data revolution” has swept many industries worldwide, but it’s perhaps nowhere more evident than in health. According to research from CDW Healthcare, we’re currently witnessing an explosion of health data – between 2013 and 2020, the total volume of global data in the industry is expected to grow from 500 petabytes to a whopping 25,000. This is largely happening because X-rays, mammographies and other modern medical procedures are putting a wealth of new information into circulation.

This growth in available data has the potential to transform patient care worldwide. If health organisations take the time to analyse all the information that’s out there and find trends that can inform their thinking, everyone will benefit.

This might be easier said than done, however. Using data to drive patient outcomes is a complicated process, and even for bright physicians and analysts, it doesn’t always come naturally. It might be necessary for the healthcare consulting industry to shed some light on the process.

Setting analytical goals and achieving them

Healthcare organisations can definitely make improvements through data analysis if they make a concerted effort to do so, but it won’t necessarily come easy. First off, it requires setting tangible and achievable goals. Is there a certain disease or condition you’re trying to limit? Are you looking to accelerate patient care? Cut costs? Whatever your aims, it’s important to document them and put a plan for achieving them down in writing.

What are your organisation’s analytics goals for this year?

It’s also crucial to begin the process using only the very best data – clusters of information that are riddled with errors are only going to lead to mistakes in patient care. Working from a starting point of high data quality standards is key. Fortunately, there are business intelligence solutions out there that can help organisations to improve upon their data and find key truths within it.

Knowledgeable consultants can help

In Australia, the healthcare industry has taken significant steps forward in recent years, but there’s still more work left to be done. If your organisation is looking to make further improvements, it might be wise to reach out for help with business consulting in Melbourne. At A to BI, we aim to deliver tailored consultancy services that meet the specific needs and goals of your business.

Our process begins with listening carefully and getting a handle on what you do. From there, we will work tirelessly to design, prototype and develop the solution you need. This might come in the form of an existing BI tool like QlikView, or it may entail devising an entirely new solution that addresses the particular challenges your business faces. In either case, we will not rest until you have exactly the BI infrastructure you need.

AtoBI and Outcome Health: A collaborative relationship

 

At AtoBI, we pride ourselves on building ongoing partnerships with businesses that equip their teams with the skills needed to execute powerful Business Intelligence (BI) solutions. Through our consultancy, training and support services for organisations across Australia, we empower them to use BI in new and exciting ways.

No relationship better exemplifies this than the one we’ve built with Outcome Health, a Melbourne-based healthcare organisation. Outcome Health supports Primary Health Networks (PHNs), GPs and other primary healthcare professionals with a range of digital health solutions. Their Chief Information Officer Jason Ferriggi talks about the relationship he’s built with our team over the past six years and how we’ve helped Outcome Health come up with innovative solutions to resolve some tricky scenarios.

The beginning of the relationship with AtoBI

We approached Jason about six years ago. At the time, he was facing the challenge of having a large amount of data that needed to be presented in a more user-friendly format. In an attempt to find a solution to his problem, Jason decided to review all the BI tools currently available. At this point he hadn’t heard of Qlik or AtoBI.

“AtoBI wanted to come in and have a chat,” he recalls. “I said, ‘you know what, what do I have to lose? Come in guys and show me what you’ve got!’ They came in on a Friday afternoon around three o’clock and I said ’30 minutes guys, do your best.'”

“They showed me how the Qlik product worked and their experience with it and I was just blown away. I remember downloading the trial version that night and had my first report going in about two hours. I automatically saw the value in the tool.”

Ever since then, Jason’s been a firm advocate for Qlik and AtoBI, which is why he continues to use us in his current role at Outcome Health.

“[Qlik] hit the main characteristic of what a BI tool needs to be and that’s usability. It needs to be intuitive and it needs to break down the fear people have of interacting with tools in order to find some kind of analysis or insight.”

Helping Outcome Health out with the tricky stuff

As a digital health solutions provider, Outcome Health have their own in-house dev team that uses BI on a daily basis and handles most of the necessary work.

“AtoBI have been there to support us with the things we really need help with – not just your run-of-the-mill scenarios.”

“Our own team can handle about 90 per cent of our Qlik issues. AtoBI are our go-to people when we hit that 10 per cent,” says Jason. “We only go to them with the really hard stuff. They’ve been there to support us with the things we really need help with – not just your run-of-the-mill scenarios.”

“We may develop some things and we’re not 100 per cent sure whether we’ve done it correctly or whether it’s been optimised properly. So we ask AtoBI to come in and review our work – almost like an insurance policy – and that gives us peace of mind that we’ve done it right.”

So, what are some of these sticky scenarios?

PHN reporting

Outcome Health works closely with a number of Australian PHNs. These entities are looking to receive funding to implement services that will benefit the community by getting them the healthcare they require. Because the financial decisions are based upon data, Outcome Health helps present it in a visual format that can be easily interpreted by all stakeholders.

The organisation built a report suite that gives PHNs the ability to interpret their data, and we’ve worked in close collaboration with them to help refine that report.

“We’ve come up with a really good shell and structure, and AtoBI are really adding value to the report so that it’s more usable for the PHN customers,” says Jason.

Rate calculations

Recently, we also helped Outcome Health with some rate calculations in dashboards they were using for population health.

“One of the developers came up with a solution that as far as I know hadn’t been done anywhere else in the world. He’s come up with an amazing method of doing something that I didn’t think was possible,” says Jason.

“That’s the kind of problem solvers AtoBI are. They like being chucked in the deep end.”

“That’s the kind of problem solvers AtoBI are. The more complicated the issue, the more they seem to like it. This is unusual, because generally everyone likes to know what they’re doing, but they like being chucked in the deep end.”

General practice reporting

We also stepped in to assist with another report Outcome Health was using to monitor people who require a diabetes cycle of care. Because this report required manipulating the Qlik model in a different way, Outcome Health asked us to come in and help them build the page from scratch. Our developers built a data model and front end to enable them to produce the report and get it out to their partners.

“The report has been very well received,” Jason remarks. “But more importantly, we were able to see another way that Qlik can be used. We learn a lot from AtoBI. They’ll come in, give us all the codes and talk us through them. At the end of every engagement the whole dev team will sit down with the AtoBI consultant and they’ll say ‘tell us what you’ve done and how you did it.'”

A collaborative approach

This is a key reason why Jason enjoys working with us – the fact that our team doesn’t just come in, implement a solution and leave, but works closely with their dev team to educate them on how they can use the Qlik tool themselves. The three most advanced developers at Outcome Health have been using Qlik for about three years now, and one junior developer has been using it for a year.

“The AtoBIs of the world are great when you get stuck.”

Jason notes that in the beginning, his team would use us for around six weeks a year. Now, engagement levels have dropped to around two-three weeks, as the Outcome Health team picks up more and more from our consultants along the way. Jason sees this as an undeniable benefit:

“We want collaboration because we want to be able to do as much of this as we can ourselves. You don’t ever know it all, but with AtoBI you know where to find resources. The AtoBIs of the world are great when you get stuck. They don’t play their cards close to their chest – they want to get us skilled up so we’re up and running. They’re about empowering us.”

Do you want to empower your organisation to use BI tools that will help you out of tricky situations? We’re always here to help! Reach out to us for more information.

How to stay agile and make a BI deployment quick and painless

Getting up to speed with BI solutions can be a challenge.

 

Any company that makes the move to adopt new business intelligence solutions has a great deal of potential. When done right, BI represents a chance to gain more knowledge about your business and its industry and analyse that knowledge to reveal key truths that will drive organisational improvement. There is one snag, however. Deploying such a solution isn’t always easy, and it might disrupt the work your company does already.

It takes time to learn a new BI solution, experiment with it and find ways to use it best.

Learning to love new technologies can be difficult for some people. No significant BI improvement ever came easy – it takes time to learn a new solution, experiment with it and find ways to use it best. This time has a clear opportunity cost. It’s time that your business could spend being productive and profitable.

The key, therefore, is for your business to stay agile. Agility helps you to release a new solution quickly, keeping your employees ready to learn while also still continuing the work they do best.

Agility comes from great leadership

When your company has committed to doing business a certain way for a long time, it’s difficult to shift gears and adopt a new strategy. According to CIO, this transition is unlikely to work well unless you have one key ingredient – strong leadership to guide the process forward and help everyone learn their roles.

Having an agile approach to deploying business intelligence solutions won’t necessarily come easily to everyone. A good leader is someone who makes themselves available to team members throughout the process, helping to address any problems that come up or insecurities that people have.

This leadership figure can’t be just anyone within your team – it has to be a powerful managerial figure who has the authority to make decisions and act upon them quickly. They also must have the sway with your company’s upper-level executives to campaign for more money or other resources that might be necessary for making BI deployment a success.

Building team spirit behind BI

No BI initiative ever succeeded because just one or two people were heading it up. In reality, you need a full team effort to make BI work, as otherwise, you’re bound to have employees wasting time and money on inefficient processes.

Great teamwork is a requirement in BI adoption.Great teamwork is a requirement in BI adoption.

According to CIO Insight, the key is for managers to involve everyone from the outset – both high-level business figures who can lend them support, and subordinate employees who can put in the labour necessary to analyse data and use it. If everyone is on the same page, they can work together to identify the specific questions they’re trying to answer and the analytical strategies they need to answer them.

Team unity is also important because strategies are always changing in BI. New technologies and innovative ways of doing work are constantly being introduced. If your team works together, they can be agile together and move toward common goals as one.

Consulting can help your business evolve

Getting your entire organisation on board with a new BI strategy won’t necessarily be easy. Some members of your staff may require some coaching to learn new technologies and get up to speed. That’s why, at A to BI, we provide tailored consultancy services that are designed to fit the specific needs of your company and its employees.

No two businesses, or staffs, are alike. Therefore, we take the time to get to know your organisation and its people, learn about your unique situation and devise BI strategies that will work. We have years of experience with delivering analytical strategies that have helped companies thrive, and there’s a chance that your company could be next.

3 key factors in BI leadership

BI software training can prove invaluable for businesses.

 

The business intelligence (BI) market in Australia is growing, as an increasing number of organisations recognise the value of deriving insights from their company data.

Gartner figures predict that the BI software segment will be worth US$443.5 million (AU$579.4) in the country by next year. The data showed a 5.4 per cent increase in revenues for the sector between 2013 and 2014, with Australia the largest market for BI solutions across the Asia-Pacific region.

But what separates the best from the rest when it comes to using these platforms effectively? Here are three of the key factors that could bring your BI capabilities to the next level.

27 per cent of high-performers forged partnerships with data analytics specialists

1. The right tools

Businesses that want to leverage their data must have access to sophisticated and well-integrated software. According to a 2015 EY report, 47 per cent of leading analytics enterprises have established tools that are updated regularly.

Meanwhile, only 14 per cent of other companies could say the same. EY highlighted the importance of focusing technology efforts on enabling smart decision-making, which the firm said is the ultimate aim of analytics.

2. The right people

The EY study also recognised the value of harnessing data analytics skills within the workforce. People with BI and analytics experience were among the most highly sought-after candidates in a recent Hays Australia Quarterly Report.

Meanwhile, more generally, highly skilled ICT applicants are in short supply across Australia. Australian Computer Society and Deloitte data revealed the number of graduates with these qualifications is on the decline, despite ongoing increases in demand.

3. The right training

Even with the best tools and people in place, businesses can still struggle to get the most out of BI solutions without comprehensive training. EY noted that the top 10 per cent of data analytics leaders were more likely to invest in on-site seminars, workshops and off-site education programs.

Mentoring from analytics professionals was evident among 39 per cent of the best-performing companies, compared with just 25 per cent of other organisations. Similarly, 27 per cent of high-performers forged partnerships with data analytics specialists, while only 19 per cent of their competitors did likewise.

Investing in BI solutions Without the right software and people, businesses may struggle to optimise their BI capabilities.

Working towards better BI

Enterprises that wish to optimise their approach to BI must address any shortcomings they may have in their tools, people and training processes.

This is why consulting with experts provides significant value, as they can conduct an objective analysis of businesses’ current set-ups and offer advice on how to make crucial changes to improve performance.

Analytics in health care: From BI to big data

Health care organisations are embracing big data and analytics.

 

Australia has one of the most developed health care systems in the world. The latest figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show $14.2 billion was spent on the industry in 2011-12. The rate of growth in expenditure is currently higher than both population growth and expansion in the broader economy.

Given the vast amounts of data generated in the sector, it’s hardly surprising that health care organisations are keen to find ways of harnessing this information. The sheer volume and variety of data produced across medical care providers, consumers and ancillary service companies is staggering. This makes structuring, analysing and drawing insight from the information a significant challenge.

“Since we implemented QlikView, creating reports only takes a matter of minutes.”

Little wonder, then, that a rising number of organisations are looking at ways to optimise their data analytics tools and processes. Even if health care agencies are not working with big data in real terms, the amount of information created across ERP and other systems can be substantial.

Working with consultants who specialise in data analytics technologies is becoming increasingly necessary in the industry, as is deploying the best business intelligence (BI) solutions to facilitate insight generation.

Health care data projects in Australia

There are a number of examples of data analytics projects proposed or underway in the country. These range from BI projects that help businesses handle their data more effectively to large-scale big data initiatives that could lead to revolutionary changes in the way health care is delivered.

Let’s examine some of the different data analytics approaches health care organisations are currently taking.

BI solutions in health care

Mind Australia deployed the QlikView BI platform last year to better support the 18,000 people with mental health problems that the charity helps.

The software enabled Mind Australia to optimise reporting processes and enhance visibility across the organisation, according to an IDG Health article. The amount of data the charity held on clients, employees, financial matters and KPIs was considerable, which required a solution that could integrate multiple data streams into one.

“Since we implemented QlikView, creating reports only takes a matter of minutes,” said Peter Laws, the company’s general manager of information systems.

“We are able to automatically import data from any source across the entire organisation to create insightful reports; saving us time and enabling our staff to reallocate their time to more value added tasks.”

The bigger picture

On a larger scale, the federal government recently awarded the University of Queensland (UQ) a $7 million grant for a five-year big data research project. The money will go towards powerful infrastructure that will enable scientists to examine huge genomic datasets collected across hundreds of thousands of patients.

The focus of the research will be psychiatric and neurological conditions, such as dementia, autism, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia. However, the analytical methods and tools the university plans to develop could be translated across other major health problems, including obesity and cancer.

Peter Hoj, UQ vice-chancellor and president professor, said big data has been instrumental in building social media and making dramatic changes in mineral exploration and weather forecasting.

“Transformation of the same magnitude is now coming to health care, as we move into the era of so-called personalised and precision medicine based on an individual’s genes,” he explained.

Big data in health care. Big data could lead to medical breakthroughs in numerous areas.

Addressing data analytics needs

Clearly, health care organisations are beginning to use their data in new and exciting ways. A 2014 study from Edith Cowan University highlighted a range of areas where leveraging big data could drive key changes in the industry.

Big data analytics can lead to better clinical decision support, more accurate insights into patient behaviours, cost-cutting measures and the effective management and handling of electronic health records.

Agencies must familiarise themselves with technologies that can support their desire for greater insights.

Nevertheless, organisations require sophisticated infrastructure in order to effectively manage the huge volumes of structured and unstructured data they produce. The MapR Converged Data Platform, a Hadoop product, is one example of a technology that is designed to cope with sizable datasets.

But how can businesses assess what tools they need to derive insights from their data? Health care agencies may not require big data platforms to effectively manage their information; smaller-scale solutions are likely to prove sufficient for many organisations hoping to streamline their operations and achieve core KPI targets.

Enlisting the services of experienced data analytics consultants allows health care professionals to identify and understand their BI needs, as well as design, develop and implement the appropriate solutions. Consultants can also offer dedicated training services to ensure organisations maximise the benefits of the platforms they use to leverage insights.

Ultimately, as data becomes increasingly central to health care strategies, agencies must familiarise themselves with technologies that can support their desire for greater insights. Failing to do so is likely to lead to a loss of competitiveness, content chaos and faltering innovation.

What is geospatial analytics?

What are the benefits of geospatial analytics?

 

In the world of business intelligence (BI) and big data, the ultimate challenge is staying ahead of the competition. There is no doubt that more and more enterprises are taking advantage of this technology to gather better insights for clients, customers and relevant stakeholders.

However, data on its own isn’t always helpful. Therefore, business leaders need to apply various new measures of analysis in order to see patterns, trends and possible solutions. In recent times, the idea of geospatial analytics has come into prominence, allowing enterprises to add another layer to their BI capabilities.

Geospatial analytics highlights trends over time and location.Geospatial analytics highlights trends over time and location.

Geospatial analytics – a snapshot

Geospatial analytics is the concept of using time and location information within traditional data processes. This allows business leaders to analyse what is happening across times and locations simultaneously, allowing for smarter decisions and more accurate conclusions.

Essentially, by including time and location insight, trends emerge in a geographic or linear context, meaning forecasts can be made at a particular site and time in the future.

In the healthcare sector, for example, doctors and other medical professionals could track how deadly diseases and viruses are moving across a town, city, country or even the globe. As a result, local authorities and healthcare providers have access to real-time information, enabling them to determine how they can prepare for epidemics and global events before they begin.

While this type of information should be a given in today’s technological world, geospatial analytics is still a growing trend and will come into more prominence in the years to come. This was recently highlighted by statistics from MarketsandMarkets.

In its Geospatial Analytics Market by Type report, the industry is predicted to grow to US$72.21 Billion by 2020 at a compound annual growth rate of 21.4 per cent. Technology is certainly improving in this space, and industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, retail and real estate are all set to enjoy the benefits.

Why is geospatial analytics growing so quickly?

Tracking and identifying geospatial information is much easier today thanks to innovations such as smartphones, social media and GPS devices.

Geospatial analytics’ growth is supported by the rise of geographic information system (GIS) technology. According to MarketsandMarkets, tracking and identifying geospatial information is much easier today thanks to innovations such as smartphones, social media and GPS devices.

As well as being able to provide instant insight, this data is accurate, enabling businesses within different sectors to develop tailored responses based on spatial conditions or other location-based data. As GIS technology continues to expand and be adopted by consumers, the scope of geospatial analytics will only advance in the future.

What are the benefits of geospatial analytics?

While the advantages of this business intelligence will differ depending on the industry, there are several universal benefits to including time and location information to existing data pools. Described by Deloitte, these include:

  • Proactive, not reactive

Organisations in industries where time is of the essence need to be proactive when addressing situations, rather than reactive. As such, through geospatial analytics, decisions can be made based on what is happening in certain areas before the trend spreads.

  • Insightful solutions

Projects and activities in one location can often be used to determine the relative success of the same activity in another location. With the use of geospatial analytics, business leaders have access to information around why an event or action didn’t work in a certain geographic location, supporting future efforts in an industry.

Learning more about geospatial analytics

As a concept, geospatial analytics is of real value for many sectors around the world. Of course, it will be important for enterprises investing in BI to have the right knowledge and solutions on their side. If this sounds like something that your business is interested in, contact our team today.

Healthcare industry’s IT spending set to soar

Could big data support patient outcomes?

 

With technology playing an ever-growing role in industries around the world, it is always good to identify where these areas of growth are located. This not only provides an overview for businesses wanting to keep up with the competition, but also forecasts future technological trends.

This was a particular focus of a recent report from International Data Corporation, (IDC) titled Worldwide Semiannual IT Spending Guide: Vertical and Company Size. According to the findings, IT spending in the Asia/Pacific region is set to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.3 per cent over the 2015-2019 forecast period.

With global IT spending set to rise past $1 trillion next year, now is the time for enterprises in many industries to stand up and take notice of business intelligence (BI) technological opportunities. In fact, this is what is occurring in the healthcare sector.

Healthcare industry primed for growth

“Business leaders will turn to IT solutions, including data analytics and infrastructure optimisation.”

IDC highlighted healthcare as one of the key drivers behind this IT spending growth. According to the statistics, investment in this sector will grow at a CAGR of 5.5 per cent between 2015 and 2019 – underpinned by software spending increases of 6.7 per cent over the same period.

Customer Insights and Analysis at IDC Stephen Minton maintained there are many factors at work here.

“With the global economy entering a new and uncertain phase, IT spending will be heavily influenced by economic cycles and wild cards over the next five years,” he said.

“In many industries, business leaders will turn to IT solutions, including data analytics and infrastructure optimisation, to help them navigate the stormy economic waters.”

Big data in the healthcare sector?

In similar fashion to many industries, the healthcare sector can benefit from adopting various forms of technology. One prime example is big data. While mainly used in business marketing and sales in the past, collecting insightful data and making accurate conclusions is of great benefit in the medical environment.

This was cited in a recent media release from Research and Markets. Before 2022, the total worth of big data analytics in healthcare will surpass $34.27 billion. With this in mind, how can big data support medical business objectives?

By far, the most important goal for healthcare providers is connecting patients, medicines and diagnoses. Research and Markets explained that big data can help bridge these gaps as well as improve clinical trial accuracy and predict global epidemics.

Technology in the healthcare sector is advancing.Technology in the healthcare sector is advancing.

Predicting type 2 diabetes

As one of the most common conditions around the world, business intelligence technology is making great progress in identifying what people in the community are at risk.

In an article published by New York University, NYU Langone Medical Center and Independence Blue Cross, big data models were used to predict type 2 diabetes risk factors. Using information such as pharmacy records, laboratory results, healthcare information and other data for more than 4 million people, it was found to be at least 50 per cent more effective at predicting the condition.

“The recent availability of the electronic health record and claims datasets offers an unprecedented opportunity to apply predictive analytics to improve the practice of medicine and to infer potentially novel risk factors,” the report noted.

Of course, if professionals in the healthcare industry can identify risk factors and trends sooner, there is a significant chance of patients receiving treatment quicker. Big data is changing the way the medical industry operates and as time goes on, datasets and models will only improve.

This is certainly something we at A to BI are supporting. As a provider of industry-leading business intelligence technology, we can help to build your data capabilities and service your customers and clients in a more productive manner.

For more information, feel free to contact us today.

4 keys to building a strong IT consulting team in Australia

 

When your employees run into difficulties with business intelligence, it pays to have a team of consultants on hand that can diagnose problems and work to find solutions. The key word there is “team.” For your consultants to band together and achieve real results, they’ll need to collaborate well in everything they do.

How can your consultants not only learn the BI skills they need, but also develop a sense of teamwork?

What does it take to build this sense of collaboration? How can your consultants not only learn all the skills they need to achieve BI success, but also develop a sense of teamwork and achieve more together than they would separately?

Building a company tech support team is no small challenge. To help smooth things along, the following are four proven strategies for forming a strong IT consulting team in Australia.

1. Align your IT strategy with your company strategy

Most business leaders, when asked to name the key to building a great tech support team, will say something about expertise with enterprise solutions for BI. The truth is that’s part of the answer, but not all of it. Ideally, you’d do more than just deploy BI solutions – you’d do so in such a way that your tech strategies aligned with the long-term goals of your business. This can take some tinkering to get right.

2. Get proactive about solving BI problems

If your team members are really in sync, they’ll be so in tune with the company’s needs that they can detect problems before they even happen. If there’s a certain skill your workforce is lacking, or a gap in the organisation’s knowledge, your team should be able to address the problem quickly and deal with it proactively.

When things go well in business, document your successes and learn from them.When things go well in business, document your successes and learn from them.

3. Learn from all of your successes

In solution consulting, you want your business partners to learn how your company works and adapt as they go. A key part of this effort is taking the time to document the problems you encounter and the fixes you discover for them. The more successes you have, the more you’ll be able to apply this knowledge and achieve at a higher level in the future.

4. Never stop communicating – or listening

IT consulting is an ongoing pursuit. Your team can’t simply listen to your concerns once and then move on – you’ve got to keep communicating and have consultants who are willing to continually listen and adjust their strategies accordingly.

To get this sort of help with business consulting, all you need to do is contact us at AtoBI.

What’s the value of thorough business intelligence training?

 

Every business team leader is anxious to jump right in whenever it’s time to start with a new business intelligence solution. However, the truth is it requires time and patience to get your staff up to speed with BI. Training is important – without it, you risk jumping into projects unprepared and potentially making mistakes.

What are the best strategies for ensuring that the BI training process goes smoothly?

So why is business intelligence training so important in Australia, and what are the best strategies for ensuring that the training process goes smoothly? At AtoBI, we are big believers in the value of thorough business intelligence training. We have a method that we use – it involves first getting systems set up and people trained, then coming back later and continually reviewing to make sure key weaknesses are addressed and nothing big needs to be changed. Let’s delve into the finer points of a business intelligence training strategy.

Putting your BI knowledge into context

What’s the best approach to business intelligence training for an Australian business? Here’s a hint: In addition to making sure your people can use BI solutions efficiently, they should also understand the big-picture view. What’s the context of the data they’re looking at? How does it affect the company’s long-term goals?

If there are any gaps in your employees’ understanding in this area, it’s best to fill them quickly. The goal is to get the entire staff working together to make smart, data-driven decisions. This requires both tech skills and general business savvy.

Providing people with continued education

In any business pursuit, it’s important to constantly emphasise employee development. You never want your people to stagnate. So when it comes to using enterprise solutions for BI, you want to continue educating people long after they’ve gotten their initial start.

Get the most out of your company's business intelligence training.Get the most out of your company’s business intelligence training.

This effort may include training seminars as well as Q&A sessions in which people can voice any questions or concerns they have about the BI rollout process. Training is more valuable if it’s continuous and lessons are reinforced for added impact.

Maximising your company’s investment

Your business has no doubt invested a lot in BI success. This doesn’t just mean money, although that’s part of it – time, effort and mental energy are all scarce resources as well. For everything you put in, you want to make sure you get something out.

If you have any concerns about your training process working, you can always connect with business consulting experts who can smooth things along. At AtoBI, we have a whole team of them who are ready to assist you.

What does it take to be a great healthcare consultant?

 

Healthcare is one industry in particular where companies often reach out to consultants for help with learning new technologies. Because the industry is evolving fast and there’s so little room for error, it’s important to have consultants keep you up to speed.

What makes a great healthcare consultant, anyway? What insights do they bring to the table?

But what makes a great healthcare consultant, anyway? What insights do they bring to the table, and what are the key mistakes they know to avoid? Consulting is challenging enough in general, but specifically in health, it requires a great deal of technical knowledge and a fair degree of industry specific business insight.

Let’s take a closer look at what makes a great Australian healthcare consultant.

Strong connections in the industry

One of the things to look for in a healthcare consultant is a professional who has a wealth of experience in the health industry and has made connections with key people who can help you advance your business goals. According to Intrepid Now, many of the top consultants are noteworthy because they’ve spent a lot of time building colleague relationships both in person and on sites like LinkedIn.

A good consultant is someone who knows not just healthcare and business intelligence, but technology as well. It’s worth going out of your way to find someone well connected.

A clear big-picture view of the business

A consultant is someone who comes into your business with an outsider’s perspective, which is challenging because they probably know virtually nothing about what you do at first. So for Australian businesses, one of the most important healthcare consultancy tips and tricks is to make sure you can find someone with the intelligence to build up a big-picture view of what you do.

You want someone who's able to see the big picture.You want someone who’s able to see the big picture.

Before you can get to work implementing business intelligence solutions for any business, you first have to get a good handle on what they do and how BI can help them do it. This is a hallmark of solution consulting – the ability to learn and adapt.

The skills to actively manage projects

Part of successful consulting is being able to deploy enterprise solutions for BI, but that’s not all of it. The job also requires being able to manage complicated business projects, coordinating the work of the many people involved.

This may seem like a significant challenge, but it becomes feasible when you have a highly qualified business consulting expert by your side. At AtoBI, we have a team of people who are well versed in providing tailored consultancy services and are ready to step up for you.