How to achieve best practice data analytics


eclipse_logoOrganisations are becoming more data-driven as they realise the importance of analytics for gaining business insight and being able to make smarter decisions, faster than their competitors. However, without a best practice approach to analytics, it can be easy to become mired in complexity, according to Eclipse, a DXC Technology Company.

Paul Timmins, Global Director Microsoft, DXC Eclipse, said, “Within any organisation, different groups of people need access to data and analytics, from business users and analysts to data scientists. As a result, it is no longer adequate to have large, monolithic data analysis tools and projects. Instead, businesses looking to achieve real value from their data need solutions that are unified, enable collaboration, and provide fast, simple access to data.

“The challenge for organisations is no longer collecting or accessing the raw data but, rather, aggregating and analysing it to provide effective and actionable insights, instead of just interesting information.”

Cloud has emerged as the platform of choice for organisations that want to turn data into actionable business insights that can deliver measurable improvements. Choosing the right technology solution can unleash the potential of data without requiring deep data expertise from within the organisation.

Cloud-based solutions offer the biggest benefits when it comes to avoiding massive expenses associated with data collection and analysis. Cloud lets organisations handle a diverse range of data sources at scale, which makes it more cost effective and less risky. Because of its elasticity cloud solutions let organisations scale up to access the computational power needed for data analysis projects without investing heavily in on-premise infrastructure that may not be needed beyond that project.

Ideally, organisations can access a highly-scalable, near real-time analytical platform that offers an agile architecture and simplicity. The right solution should offer industry best-practice metrics, built-in real-time intelligence, and customisable dashboards so businesses can break through the user adoption barrier.

Timmins said, “One of the biggest barriers to successful analytics is users being able to get the information they need without becoming a data expert. Users need a self-service environment that helps them answer the right questions at the right time, rather than through a series of complex, hard-to-manage, specialist tools.

“Data cubes are notoriously hard to manage and difficult for users to access. Instead, users need rapid access to business and non-relational data in real-time without building complex data cubes. Additionally, businesses need a solution that will deliver results quickly, not months or years. It should include pre-built dashboards and incorporate best practices as standard.

“DXC Eclipse has built a solution based on Microsoft’s Power BI technology. Called Exceed Analytics, it is business-ready and fully aligned with customers’ existing Microsoft business and technology strategy.
“Organisations can handle data of any size and any type with Exceed Analytics. Rapid access is available to all data, including business data and non-relational data, in near real-time. It is the ideal tool to achieve best practice data analytics without overcommitting valuable resources.

“With the right solution and a best practice approach to analytics organisations can take advantage of data to make better decisions, quickly, to the benefit of their customers, and the business.”


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