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Are Spreadsheets Slowing Your Business Down?

In today’s data-driven business environment, spreadsheets have become a foundational component of any data management platform. Organizations that don’t use spreadsheets for some aspect of their daily operations are few and far between. That’s because spreadsheets offer an intuitive tool for collecting, managing, sharing, and calculating data across devices. 

At the same time, however, spreadsheets are limited in the scope of their use. When it comes to managing big data, gaining deeper insights with data-driven analytics, and real-time data updates, spreadsheets can even start slowing your business down. What do you do when spreadsheets begin interfering with productivity and efficiency? Deploying a custom data solution should be at the top of your list.

Why a Custom Data Solution?

If your organization prioritizes business intelligence, you need more than spreadsheets to accomplish your business goals. That’s where a custom data solution can help. But does the word custom also make you think of words like expensive and lengthy? With Skeleton Key, it no longer has to. If you’re ready to make the upgrade from simple spreadsheets to a custom data solution for your business, our experts will help you make the transition as seamless and efficient as possible.

The conventional custom data software development process may take weeks, months, or even a year or more. Skeleton Key has streamlined those timelines to deliver a robust data management solution in a matter of days or weeks, so obtaining the software you need never slows your team down.

Simplify Data Flexibility

To stay competitive, your organization continually needs to find new ways to leverage data insights and drive innovation. If there’s one thing that spreadsheets are not, it’s flexible. Although you don’t need flexibility for simple data entry, what about when you want to automate data entry? Things get a little trickier, and you need a custom software platform that allows you to adapt your business processes quickly. A custom data solution from Skeleton Key can help you accomplish just that.

Prioritize Data Transparency

Spreadsheets can make it difficult to prioritize data transparency. Tracking who has access to which data can quickly become a challenge and even a security risk. That’s because spreadsheet software is not designed with user access controls in mind. Skeleton Key works with you to achieve the ideal balance between transparency, usability, and security. That way, user access controls never get in the way of your team’s productivity goals but still ensure data is only available to users who actually need it.

Partner With Skeleton Key Today

If you thought a custom data solution was out of reach for your organization, Skeleton Key is here to show you there’s another option: the FileMaker platform. We specialize in working with organizations across any industry to streamline business processes, simplify data management, and drive innovation. Get in touch with our experts today to start exploring the possibilities for your organization’s future.

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What You Need to Know About Data Effectiveness

In terms of your organization’s workflows, there are two ways to think about data. First, how can you use business data more efficiently, and second, how can you use data more effectively? That means that just because you’re using data more efficiently, you aren’t necessarily using that data more effectively—and vice versa. We spend a lot of time talking about data efficiency, but in this post, we’re going to take a step back to focus on data effectiveness.

What Is Data Effectiveness?

When you’re looking for ways to use data more efficiently, the question ultimately becomes: How can you use your data system to help your team get more done in less time? Using data more effectively, on the other hand, comes down to pinpointing which processes and workflows could benefit from more data, automation, or even fewer data resources.

Ultimately, the implications of data effectiveness offer a striking reminder that data for the sake of data is not always a good thing. Some problems can’t be solved with more data, even when it’s used more efficiently, and that’s where data effectiveness comes into play.

The Importance of Data Effectiveness

When you begin factoring data effectiveness into the decision-making formula, you can start identifying which data is worth collecting and streamlining in the first place. With this in mind, you need to first take a look at the systems your organization uses to collect, manage, and store data.

Let’s say an organization is still relying on an expanding framework of spreadsheets to handle business data. While spreadsheets are an excellent way for businesses to hit the ground running—in this sense, they can be great for prioritizing data efficiency—they can also present specific challenges as an organization grows.

For example, as a business attempts to scale data management on spreadsheets, they can experience performance issues when too much data is collected on one document. Similarly, when users don’t all have access to the same spreadsheets, data can be misrepresented, mistakes can be made, and sharing data becomes difficult. When this happens, the merits of the data efficiency offered by spreadsheets are quickly outweighed by the setbacks of data ineffectiveness: Your team doesn’t always have access to data when they need it, and network administrators can’t control user access controls.

How Relational Data Management Can Help

If your organization is looking for ways to prioritize data effectiveness, implementing a relational data management platform offers an ideal place to start. That’s because a relational database allows you to take complex tables of data and access or reassemble them in a variety of ways without having to reorganize the tables themselves.

That means you can not only store and manage complex data with a relational database; your team can also gain deeper insights into that data by analyzing the context out of which it arises while simultaneously pairing it with other data. In short, you’re able to use complex data to make connections in a way that you can’t with spreadsheets alone.

Start Prioritizing Data Effectiveness With Skeleton Key

Has your organization only pursued efficiency for the sake of efficiency up until now? The experts at Skeleton Key can help. We specialize in developing custom business software that opens up new possibilities for achieving new levels of data efficiency and effectiveness across your organization. Learn more about our workplace productivity solutions or contact our team today to start exploring your options.