Making Better Business Decisions
Do do you still have a small business mindset? Hopefully, if you’re reading this page it’s because the small business you were running has grown into a larger business. Making business decisions in larger businesses when there are many more factors to take into consideration is by no means as straightforward as it is in a small business. So it makes things much easier if you can refer to a business database which stores your precious business data. Also, it can display that data in different formats to assist you with your business decisions.
Making Business Decisions Easier
Do you have a large inventory or many fixed assets? Do you have a significant list of business contacts? Or employ more than a manageable number of employees (over 200)? When you’re making business decisions do these three entities test you? Do they force you to use time that you really can’t spare? Are you even sure that you are making the correct decision?
If you could have a suite of standard reports based on data stored in your inventory and/or customers and/or staff databases do you think that would assist you when making business decisions? These reports don’t have to be static. They can have flexibility built in. You can sort the values on different columns. Sort in descending order. Sort in ascending order. If you request them at the start, one or more variables can be included. An example of a single variable could be a location code. If your business is located in more than one location you could use this code. Entering this code into the screen for the staff contact details report would return only details about staff in that location. An “example” of a report that takes two parameters is any report that reports on records containing dates. Enter a start date and end date and only data between those two dates will be returned. In the early phase of developing your reports, our analyst will come to your business. He will note your exact business requirements. You will tell him in plain English what you require. From this information, we will design your reports. Don’t worry, however, if you can’t predict which reports you will need to help you make business decisions. We can design and develop whatever you require at any time. But if the system has to be adjusted to collect more data for display in these new reports that would likely be more expensive than doing all the analysis work at the start.
Keeping Your Data Safe
The greatest asset your business has is probably your staff. However, your data isn’t far behind. Imagine what chaos would ensue if you lost all your staff at once. Losing all your data would be only slightly less catastrophic. So the security of your data must be a high priority! We have all heard the horror stories of hackers breaking into the databases of businesses large, medium and small. Once they break in they lock the owners out. Then they demand a ransom from the owners to restore access. The simplest way to defend against this is to make regular backups. When we administer your database it will be backed up at least daily. To at least two locations. One in the Cloud. The other on a bulk storage device physically separated from the Internet. So if the worst happened and your data was locked up we could restore your data from the most recent backup. At worst this data would be twenty-four hours old. Most likely much less. So your staff won’t have to waste hours getting your business up again! Obviously if we backup your data more frequently the “pain” diminishes.