Often association leaders ask me, "Where is the best place for us to begin our data analytics initiative?" I like this question and am reminded of Steven Covey's expression that before we undertake a new initiative, we should "begin with the end in mind". When it comes to data analytics for associations, this means starting with your strategic plan.
Choosing the right data visualization is as important as choosing the right outfit to wear to an important meeting. Although your alma mater’s sweatshirt is perfect for the ball game, a suit and tie is more appropriate when trying to convince your board to increase your budget. Similarly, you are going to catch some flack for showing up to the game in a suit and tie! Choosing the right visualization for your audience is similar to choosing the right outfit for the function.
Steve Jobs said that computers are like a "bicycle for the mind" allowing us to go further faster with less effort. Within the field of business intelligence, I believe data discovery should be the same, amplifying our intelligence and creativity, allowing us to see patterns and insights which we can use to create the future of our organizations.
DSK Solutions, Inc. received Avectra’s AUDC 2013 Innovation Award for an outstanding business intelligence (BI) project created for the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP). AFP’s sister company gtnews needed to meet contractual obligations for reporting statistics to sponsors. AFP’s Director of Data Research, Galina Kozachenko, envisioned a BI solution and turned to long time collaborators DSK to execute and enhance the project. DSK created new data marts and developed C# applications to manage the separate data sources. They recommended Tableau software to build dashboards and reports with superior data visualization capabilities.