Ask: Is Your Data Clean?
Whether you need dashboards, pivots or reports, there’s one thing you need first: Your data must be clean. We all know the phrase “garbage in, garbage out.” What most people don’t understand is that their data—the data they love; the data they prize; the data they’re basing million dollar decisions on—may be garbage.
But maybe you’re different. Maybe you recently installed an ERP system where the setup was consistent and no one entered a strange transaction just to “get it done.” Maybe everyone in your organization agrees what “gross margin” and “contribution margin” mean. Maybe your data quality is good, and you can get started with dashboards, pivots and reports.
But that’s not the world we live in. Just like happy couples don’t go to couples therapy, straightforward businesses don’t need consultants. Our clients often have one or more of the following challenges: