Do you need a data whisperer (data analyst)?

Do you need a data whisperer (data analyst)? 150 150 Simon Hollingworth

In recent blogs we have provided some practical steps to help you both identify your data and undertake an audit.

But once you’ve finished your data audit and have a clearer understanding of where your data sources are saved, in what format, who they are used by and for what you then have the next challenge of taking this information and creating a plan to help you start realising and releasing the potential it holds.

If this leaves you dreading getting stuck in it becoming a task that is continually moved to the bottom of the to do list maybe it’s time to find a data whisperer (data analyst)?

What can an experienced data analyst bring to the party?

As with any task it can be really handy to have someone on hand with speciliast skills and experience to either undertake the task or, provide advice on how best to approach it.

This is where a data analyst or ‘data whisperer’ can add real value and provide intepretations of your data that will allow you to make more informed business decisions.

3 ways a data analyst can help your business

  • Extract and combine – a data analyst has the experience, skills and ability to take data of all varieties such as sales figures, time management stats, invoicing and combine them to create one central set of data to work from.
  • Manipulate and identify – once the data is combined and they have an understanding of what you would like to achieve they will work to manipulate the data source(s) to identify key pieces of information that will allow you to make better and more informed deciisons.
  • Data visualisation – once the value has been identified it’s important for data to be presented in a visual way. It’s well known that visuals are far easier to process than vast amounts of numbers, they also help make it easier to identify patterns. A data analyst will help prepare a series of dashboards that will see your data visualised and allow you to continue viewing and making data driven decisions.

If you’re unsure if a data analyst is right for you, why not discover how it resulted in QBE being able to access accurate insurance trends.