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…)

Distilleries are Producing Sanitizer to Help Fight COVID-19

Distilleries across the country have stepped up their production in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the increase is not just due to a rising demand for alcoholic beverages. These distilleries have begun producing sanitizer products to help prevent the virus from spreading.

While this might sound strange at first, it actually makes a lot of sense. Ethanol, the type of alcohol used in beverages, is also the primary ingredient in most sanitizers. The stills that are used to distill the liquor are also capable of brewing up large quantities of sanitizer at once.

Many companies are facing difficulty due to complications in the process or regulations on sanitizer products. But even in the face of economic uncertainty, they are willing to take on these expenses and challenges for the good of the public health. (more…)

5 Tips for More Successful Video Calls

Now more than ever, video meetings are an essential part of doing business in almost any field. Online conferencing was already on the rise with expanding international trade and increasing technology, but with millions of workers around the world staying at home due to the Covid pandemic, it is hard to imagine any company running smoothly without it. However, participating in a video conference call is not always as easy as simply meeting in person. Even the most experienced executives are prone to making some common mistakes while conferencing which may come across as distracting or unprofessional. Luckily, Dimensional Insight’s Alison Nicoli made this helpful video offering tips for better teleconferencing etiquette. Let’s examine some of her advice in detail.

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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Affecting Children’s Hospital Operations

We’ve all heard that COVID-19 generally does not affect children as much as it affects adults. Which means children’s hospitals aren’t as affected by the pandemic as adult acute care hospitals are, right? Wrong.

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the good work being done at pediatric institutions across the country. In this blog post, we’ll examine some of the challenges children’s hospitals are facing, and see how healthcare analytics can help out. (more…)

5 Feel Good Ways to Help Your Community and Self During a Health Crisis

By now I am sure you’ve heard the term “social distancing” maybe once, twice, or every time you’ve clicked on the television over the past few weeks. Although this truly is critical, you might find yourself thinking, is this the only action I can take?

Right now, the entire world wants the same thing — to kick this virus to the curb and return to normal life as soon as possible. Coming together and helping out any way that you can while practicing safe habits that are recommended by the CDC is essential to fighting COVID-19. Here are 5 ways you might be able to lend an extra hand and stay positive during this health crisis. (more…)

The Growth of Telehealth and How Analytics Can Support It

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers don’t want patients to come into the hospital or go to their doctor’s office unless critically necessary. That means telemedicine is quickly soaring in popularity. Healthcare providers are able to see patients remotely and determine whether they need to be seen in person or if they can treat themselves at home with rest and meds.

Use of telehealth has grown rapidly over the last several years, more than doubling in use since 2010, according to the American Hospital Association. (35% of hospitals used telehealth in 2010 vs. 76% in 2017 – the last year for which data is available.) However, that use within hospitals is not necessarily widespread and there are still hurdles to overcome when deploying telehealth. In this blog post, we’ll examine the current telehealth landscape and how healthcare analytics can help providers in their telehealth efforts. (more…)

Giving Thanks: Gratitude in the Workplace

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Thanksgiving is a time of year when many of us eat too much food, watch too much football (though my husband would say that’s not possible), and spend too much money on Black Friday sales. The busyness of the holiday makes it easy to forget what the purpose of the day is all about: gratitude.

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the past year at work: the customers I’ve visited, the projects I’ve worked on, and the co-workers I’ve collaborated with. And if you’ll allow me a moment, in the spirit of the holiday, I’d like to share some of the things I’m most thankful for. (more…)

Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in Frankfurt | Highlights

Highlights from the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in FrankfurtDimensional Insight recently sponsored the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in Frankfurt, Germany. The two-day event provided dozens of educational sessions from Gartner analysts and attracted 750 business intelligence and analytics leaders from around the world.

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What did these thought leaders say about BI today and where analytics is headed? Here are a few big takeaways. (more…)

What Does the Analytical Mind Look Like?

If you could peer into the analytical mind, what would you find? Are business intelligence (BI) analysts independent thinkers who like to work out solutions to their questions alone? Or are they collaborative in nature, wanting to share their insights and gain perspectives from their peers?

The answer, as you might expect, isn’t that easy. But it is fascinating. Aberdeen set out to find where analytics users fall on the collaborative-independent spectrum and also examine the advantages and disadvantages of each frame of mind. Their findings are incorporated into a research report, “Analytical Mind Map: The Collaborative-Independent Spectrum.” Here are a couple of interesting pieces of information from the report:

  • Need for speed: Collaborators are 29% more likely than independent analysts to say that the speed of their decision making has improved.
  • More voracious appetite for data: Independent individuals are 77% more likely to access BI tools on a weekly (or more frequent) basis.

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3 Steps on the Path to Performance Improvement with Analytics

In our last blog post, we talked about the importance of collaboration between IT and business leaders when it comes to analytics, and 5 fast facts about how a unified approach to analytics helps improve the business.

Those companies that are defined as “Best-in-Class” in new research by Aberdeen are those that excel in 3 critical areas:

  • Data relevance & availability: They are able to draw out the most critical information to make decisions and make it accessible to business users.
  • Portability of information: They are able to share information across business functions to drive analytics success.
  • Self-sufficiency of business users: Business users can engage with self-service analytics without deep technical expertise.

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