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Digital Transformation: Digital Data Collection and Analysis

Digital data collection: Speed data collection and data insightsDigital transformation is driven by many things, but perhaps the most important is the sophisticated, accurate data collection and analytics at every level of a company. Embedding digital data capture as well, as analytics and data visualization, into core business processes can bring dramatic, immediate benefits. Digital data tools can speed the path to digital transformation.

A survey by Enterprise Strategy Group, “The Path to Data Leadership: Embracing Business Intelligence and Embedded Analytics,” shows just how vital embedded analytics is to businesses.

In the survey, 56 percent of businesses said embedded analytics improved their performance, 48 percent said they benefited from business responsiveness to insights, and 46 percent said they now have better scalability. Those benefits are for employees across the board: 51 percent of end-users, 49 percent of data teams, and 41 percent of developers say it improved their ability to effectively do their jobs.

That’s all well and good. But it can be very hard for companies to build or leverage data visualizations because it’s such a specialized skill. In addition, data analysis isn't helpful if the data you're looking at is inaccurate or incomplete. 

Companies succeed when they improve the entire process. They should carefully evaluate:

  • How can we collect more accurate, complete data? 
  • How can we trigger instant alerts if there's an issue, incomplete information or the need for another employee to get more information?
  • How can managers and business analysts quickly access the data and analyze it visually?

 

Alpha TransForm Analytics rapid data collection uses electronic devices to collect data

Speed Data Entry with a Digital Data Collection Tool

By collecting data using electronic devices, companies can improve data accuracy, eliminate the lag of manual data entry and give employees access to data analysis in real-time. Eliminating paper processes not only saves cost and eliminates waste, but it also makes everyone on the team more efficient.

The Alpha TransForm Mobile Form Builder allows business users to craft a paper form into a mobile app in hours – or even minutes. The digital forms allow users to collect any type of business data using an intelligent app on their smartphone or tablet. The apps. use the latest smartphone features, including GPS, bar code scanning, and image capture with markup, to speed data collection. 

The solution is designed for use by business users who want to speed digital insights, but don’t have coding knowledge. The software speeds the capture of virtually any type of data that businesses use, from numbers to images to calculations to audio to sensor data.

All Alpha TransForm mobile forms apps are cross-platform, leverage the latest mobile features, and have extensive built-in security. The apps can work with or without a WiFi or cell connection, including the ability to access large documents, diagrams, manuals, and videos, or look up database information when offline. For example, this allows a repair technician in a basement without cell connection to look up boiler information and download a manual or video to help make the necessary repair.

Using mobile forms created with Alpha Transform Mobile App Builder, administrators can automate previously manual tasks, like sending emails and SMS messages, generating and sending reports, assigning and re-assigning forms or job tickets to other workers.

Alpha TransForm Analytics faster data collection

Better, More Comprehensive Data Collection with Instant Alerts

Paper forms and paper-based processes are static and hard to manage or quickly reassign or redirect. They also don't allow for instant notification if the data shows a problem.

Alpha TransForm mobile apps can immediately alert employees by SMS or email if the data shows a critical issue. Managers can get alerts as new forms are completed and can instantly see if any information is missing or outside of parameters.

In addition, using mobile forms created with Alpha Transform Mobile App Builder, administrators can automate previously manual tasks, like sending emails and SMS messages, generating and sending reports, assigning and re-assigning forms or job tickets to other workers. 

Gain Critical Data Insights with Powerful Data Analysis

TransForm analytics dashboards

Once companies have the business data they need, it's critical that they have a way to quickly access and analyze that information. That’s where Alpha TransForm Analytics comes in. It’s a new data visualization UI that adds powerful data visualization capabilities to the Alpha TransForm mobile forms builder. Both combine to form a powerful mobile app builder and a sophisticated data analysis tool in a single digital platform.

Richard Rabins, CEO of Alpha Software, explains it this way: “Alpha TransForm makes it easy, fast and affordable for companies that rely on paper forms to take their processes digital. The Alpha TransForm forms builder and TransForm Analytics dashboards allow business users to build their own mobile business app easily and deliver powerful data visualizations to streamline processes and gain faster data insights across the business.”

Users that want to take the product further can use the product’s robust API to communicate with other systems. The product also includes TPL, a simple, but powerful scripting language that allows your mobile forms to access onboard databases, launch navigation apps, call out to APIs, and more.

Alpha TransForm Analytics dashboard provides timely data digitally

 


Learn how you can gain efficiencies by digitizing paper forms, accessing up-to-date data, and getting better results, faster. Try the Alpha TransForm No Code App Builder with built-in Alpha TransForm Analytics and improve your data quality and timely data insights. 

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View the video below for a high-level overview of Alpha TransForm Mobile App Builder and Alpha TransForm Analytics:

 

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About Author

Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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