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Technology Advisory Services

A digital wave has complicated every aspect of our personal and professional lives.  Businesses will either rise from the ground floor of these technological advancements, or crumble because of them.  Individuals are no longer satisfied with waiting… in stores, through commercials, or finding answers.   To remain competitive, a business will need to gather data, organize it, communicate from it, and decide upon it in an exponentially decaying window of time to reach consumers before they move on to a competitor.

How are you keeping up?

“Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing.”

– Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

The shift into a digital culture has warranted the designation as the Third Industrial Revolution, the Digital Revolution.  Customers, both individual and business, now function in a whirlwind of limitless options and targeted marketing at their fingertips, at every hour of the day.  Businesses form to feed the frenzy, while the patriarchs crumble.  Technology, being the great equalizer, provides the same opportunities to business both small and large.  Their response, however, to either embrace or dismiss such an opportunity will dictate their future relevancy.

How are you responding to your obstacles?

Data Analytics and Data Visualization: Getting the Data Out

Do you have problems with:

  • Making decisions in an efficient manner?
  • Obtaining the information needed to make an informed decision?
  • Communication across the organization?
  • Monitoring the business’ critical functions for:
    • Performance
    • Fraud
    • Opportunities

The Digital Revolution empowers both processes and employees to be “connected.”  Links between systems allow the flowing movement of data from system-to-system and department-to-department.  Connectivity through mobile applications allows for responsive decision making by mere button clicks.

Businesses do not have a data problem, they have an information problem.  Internally, businesses will track their data through a myriad of systems, but the world is also generating millions of gigabytes of data every day.  Cassady Schiller utilizes tools to reach the data you need to produce the information you need in an organized format to make the right decisions at the right time.  Our dashboard and analytical outputs are cloud-based allowing you to respond to your problems when you are in the office, on the road, or anywhere you can “connect.”

Robotic Process Automation (RPA): Getting the Data In

Do you have problems with:

  • Finding people to fill open positions?
  • Employee turnover?
  • Deriving value from traditional cost centers?
  • Manual data entry or data movement?

Emerging technologies are too often viewed as out-of-reach for small businesses in both their application and price tag.  These often disruptive technologies are viewed as “job killers” intended to replace employees from their responsibilities.  Just as the computer, once viewed in a similar context, has become a necessity in our daily lives, so too will these technologies of today.  Employees will adapt, learn different skills, and provide value in new and different ways.

While the intended adoption of robotic process automation is to replace employee intervention in often straightforward and repetitive tasks, success hinges upon pivoting employees to value-generating activities that bots cannot perform.   Conversely, businesses who are unable to fill vacancies within their workforce may turn to bots to perform some, or nearly all, of the functions of an open position.  The 24/7 availability of bots allows for the same capacity of work as over three full-time employees, with an ROI of under one year.

System/ERP Selection and Implementation Advisory: Churning the Data

Do you have problems with:

  • Interacting with multiple disparate systems?
  • Capturing all of the data you feel is relevant?
  • Relying on Excel to bridge gaps within a process?
  • Seeing data move through the entire lifecycle of a process, from lead to delivery?

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are no longer a multi-million dollar endeavor only affordable to the Fortune 500 companies.  While automakers constantly update the features of their fleets, and restaurateurs are constantly evolving their menus to meet customer expectations, software vendors are doing the same.  As businesses evolve, their reliance on systems will also change to meet their needs.

ERP vendors are commonly discontinuing their service updates for their historical ERP platforms, leaving many businesses to wonder if they need to make a change now or wait it out and see what happens once the discontinuance takes effect.  Traditionally, these platforms have been installed on-premises within the company’s personal server stack.  However, as the world moves towards pushing more to the cloud, what benefits or opportunities can management, or executives, derive with the information available at their fingertips anywhere in the world; empowering individuals to make real-time business decisions with real-time data.

Transformational Tools: Doing less to Data

Do you have problems with:

  • Constant manipulation/formation of reports in Excel?
  • Constant copying/pasting from workbook to workbook
  • Pulling data together from a number of reports
  • Using pivot tables?

While our data analytics solutions provide the ability to combine multiple data sources together, we recognize such abilities may not be the end solution.  What if you need that summary of data or information to be the input into another process?  We commonly refer this as extract-transform-load (ETL) processes.  The processes do not result in dashboards or visuals, but rather the tables of data serve as a lookup table or a detailed report for someone else to use within the organization.  Gathering this data can take hours, or even days, for someone to pull together.

What may seem like an insignificant amount of time, can quickly add up.  Think about your daily work life.  I am sure we could all come up with a responsibility where we spend 30 minutes every day to: track progress, reformat a report, or pull a bunch of data together to assist in decision-making.  Over the course of an entire year, those 30 minutes add up to 130 hours of non-value-added activity.  What else could that person have accomplished with nearly a month’s worth of time?  What if we could replace all of that non-value-added activity with a single button click?

We provide a full spectrum of services to address the varied needs of diverse organizations.