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How to Get More from the Data Value Chain

Alpha Anywhere lets you reap benefits from the Data Value Chain by improving all its four links: collection, publications, uptake and impact.

Data by itself won’t do much for your business. No matter how much data you collect, unless you’re able to analyze it, reap it for insights, and then take action on those insights to help your bottom line, it has little or no value.

manufacturing data value chainBecause of that, there’s been an increasing focus on what’s called the Data Value Chain. What is the chain? The Open Data Watch article “The Data Value Chain: Moving from Production to Impact” describes it this way: “The data value chain describes the evolution of data from collection to analysis, dissemination, and the final impact of data on decision making.”

The chain is made up of four links: collection, publication, uptake and impact. The collection phase identifies the data to be collected, and then creates a process to collect it. The article adds, “The last phase of data collection involves processing data to ensure they are correctly recorded, classified, and stored in formats that allow further use.”

data collectionThe publication phase focuses on publishing the data and associated metadata so it can be accessed and analyzed. The article says, “As data move through the steps of the publication stage, they increase in value. To optimize their value, it is important to strategically and carefully think through how data will be analyzed, released, and disseminated to encourage use for future impact.”

In the uptake phase data is spread throughout a business. This stage, the article says, is made up of three steps: “Connecting data to users; incentivizing users to incorporate data into the decision-making process; and influencing them to value data. Connections to users can be made in many ways: through press releases and online dissemination; by holding trainings, seminars or other educational events; and by improving the user experience offered by websites, data portals, and archives.”

In the impact phase the data is used to make an impact on a business, for the better. The article explains, “The impact stage involves three activities: using the data to understand a problem or make a decision; changing the outcome of a project or improving a situation; and reusing the data by combining them with other data and sharing them freely.”

Get the Right Platform for Improving your Data Value Chain

So how can you do all this? You need the right platform for collecting, disseminating, analyzing, and ultimately making use of data. Alpha Software has been designed from ground up for doing that. With Alpha Software low-code and no-code app makers you can easily build sophisticated apps that integrate with data collection sources, databases, cloud-storage and enterprise software. The manufacturing solutions created with this software improve every link in the Value Data Chain:

  • Collection With Alpha you can collect more info faster (automate time/date stamping, get pictures and bar code scans, etc.).
  • Publication With Alpha, digital information can be shared and analyzed anywhere, instantly in a range of formats (analytics, reports, dashboards, emails/sms alerts).
  • Uptake With Aplha you can tie data into systems of record, workflows, daily routines and processes.
  • Impact -Alpha helps you take action on the data (immediately take steps to avoid supply shortages, repair a broken machine, kickoff a non-conformance report, etc.).

Alpha Software offers a free low-code solution that's ideal for improving your Data Value Chain. The Alpha Anywhere low code app development and deployment platform includes full-stack development, enterprise-level security, integrations with data sources and web services, and also has robust offline capabilities. Click here to start building apps to improve your data value chain for free.

Don't have development experience? Our Alpha TransForm no-code app builder builds powerful manufacturing apps for you, including turning any paper form into a mobile data collection app. The software also offers manufacturing app templates to make getting started even easier.

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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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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.