How the Pandemic Has Impacted Businesses (And How to Use Data to Adapt)

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on nearly every business sector, the ripples of which will continue to be felt for years after a vaccine is released. Most of these changes have been challenging for businesses, with thousands of companies being forced to close their doors permanently or make drastic changes to keep customers safe.

While the effects are universal, some industries have been hit much harder than others. Many have even been given an unexpected windfall from the changes. In this article, we will examine some of the varied effects of the pandemic and what changes companies can make to stay ahead of them. (more…)

The Balance Between Data Insights and Governance on the Path to Returning to Work

The return to the office is fraught with many challenges for employers. Unlike the NBA or NHL, the vast majority of offices cannot isolate within a “bubble,” so companies must plan for the new normal of working around COVID-19. The most effective way for employers to avoid a breakout is by utilizing effective PPE and social distancing measures. These measures include mandatory mask use in the office, increased desk separation, and rotational in-office schedules.

Beyond PPE and social distancing, there will be a demand for health testing and contact tracing. Both of these preventative measures will require robust data capabilities in order to process the massive influx of employee data. In addition, companies will need to focus on data governance to properly manage the sensitive health information that is collected.

As the country moves back into the office, employers must strike a delicate balance between staying informed of health risks and maintaining employee privacy. Let’s first dive into the need for and benefits of employee testing and how data analytics can improve office safety. (more…)

Emerging Technology Guiding the Supply Chain Through the Pandemic

For most of 2020, any news regarding the supply chain has been bad news. Even setting aside the COVID-19 pandemic, other stories that have dominated the news cycle, including the China-U.S. trade war and Brexit, have disrupted the way the world does business.

But it’s the pandemic that has left many industries reeling. The big difference is the fact that organizations were forced to react to something for which they had no plan. In an effort to prevent that from happening again – and to help them recover from the setback of the pandemic – organizations that rely on the supply chain are turning to technology. (more…)

How Analytics Can Help Organizations Prepare for the Supply Chain’s Uncertain Future

About the only thing organizations were certain about when the pandemic hit was that the future of the supply chain was uncertain. Different government responses at different times around the world meant that companies needed to figure out where they would experience problems…and then anticipate what might become a problem next.

Reliable data that companies had culled for years became less reliable as the pandemic wore on, and companies needed to adjust. They began to look for any ways they could make their data usable again. Part of the solution for many organizations was turning to innovative technologies to get the information they needed to make sure their business could survive COVID-19. Here’s a look at some of those technologies and how they’ve been used effectively.

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How Supply Chains Are Adjusting in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Whether or not they are in a part of the country that is slowly opening back up and resuming day-to-day activities, everyone is grappling with the adoption of a “new normal” post COVID-19. That applies to most industries as well.

Though supermarket shelves are better stocked and it appears the supply chain is recovering, it is possible the global supply chain will never look the same. Here are some changes that have already been put in place, as well as more changes that are on the way. (more…)

How the Meat Processing Industry is Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

With some states lifting stay-at-home orders and allowing certain businesses to reopen, focus has shifted to the supply chain. What will be available and what will be missing because of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic?

The meat processing industry has been one of the industries most affected by the coronavirus. In a late-April full-page ad in the New York Times, the chairman of Tyson Foods Inc. warned that the United States “food supply is breaking” due to plant closures. That same week, President Trump declared meat processing plants “critical infrastructure.” But it will take more than that government order for the industry to stay ahead of demand. (more…)

Customer Spotlight: FREJA Transport and Logistics

FREJA’s story might sound familiar to any number of organizations in any number of industries: for a long time, the company had a business intelligence solution in place, but it wasn’t using it to its full potential. When FREJA took steps to develop a clearer business intelligence strategy, the benefits of Dimensional Insight Platform with Measure Factory became increasingly clear to many of its employees.

FREJA is a privately-owned transportation company specializing in road transport, but offering sea and air freight as well. The company owns 2,600 trailers and handles two million shipments a year with the trailers driving 270 direct routes every day or every other day. Here’s a look at how it’s using analytics and the power of Measure Factory in its business. (more…)

How Businesses Can Manage their Supply Chains During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the best of times, a disruption to the supply chain can cost an organization valuable time and money. In the current climate, the repercussions are not only clear to the organization, but also to people who may have never heard the term “supply chain” before.

The sight of empty shelves where common items like toilet paper are usually stocked, or news video showing a shortage of medical supplies makes everyone aware of what is and what is not available because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some companies took steps after previous supply chain disruptions to prepare themselves for a situation like this. Others were not so prescient. Here’s a look at both sides of that coin, and how everyone can prepare themselves for the next major disruption.

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Addressing 4 Core Business Intelligence Challenges in the Search for Actionable Insights

Every business organization, regardless of its size, commercial sector, or number of employees, can benefit from properly organized and coordinated data. It’s no secret that access to reliable data can be leveraged to improve efficiency, simplify the decision-making process, and identify obstacles that are getting in the way of success.

However, not every company has a single, unified data tool that can organize and analyze data. According to the tenth anniversary edition of Dresner Advisory Services’ Wisdom of Crowds® Business Intelligence Market Study, more than half of the businesses surveyed expressed their intention to raise their business intelligence budgets in 2020.

Adopting a holistic data management tool can dramatically improve a company’s performance, but only if it is implemented in the right way. In her recent white paper for Dimensional Insight, Jennifer Bresnick explores four of the major challenges that companies usually face when it comes to business intelligence, and how best to overcome them. (more…)

5 Ways To Improve Data Literacy in Your Organization

A common theme for organizations that successfully use data is the fact that everyone in the organization is on board with the approach to data. This can be difficult when faced with employees who might be set in their ways or who think they don’t have a handle on the data.

But if your organization is committed to using analytics, these are hurdles that need to be overcome. Here are five ways that you can improve data literacy in your organization. (more…)