Different Stages of Data – Take 2

Written by Dennis Riley

May 6, 2022


This blog was originally written on 9/15/2021. I love the picture and I love the content.  However, so do the bots. For some reason, I am getting tons of hits on this page periodically at 2pm in the afternoon and it is always coming from Ashburn, Virginia. (This is one of the know data server places where bots seem to come from). I renamed this post and deleted the orginal for a test to see if the bots return to this new page. Will keep you updated. In the meantime, enjoy the following post:

A picture is worth a thousand words (or in this case data points!)

The past fews days, variations of this picture has passed around several social media platforms. There is a Spanish version posted by Mónica Rosales Ascencio and an English version by Ravi S. Kudesia. Thank you both for sharing a fantastic image!

The ‘Data’ picture definitely represents the data at the hands of business owners. The data can be very overwhelming!

The ‘Sorted’ and ‘Arranged’ pictures represent the several platforms business owners subscribe to. Examples usually include website data like Google Analytics, financial data like Quickbooks, a CRM like Hubspot, company data like Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel and probably definitely several others.

Then if a business owner is really on their game they have an all in one dashboard represented by the ‘Presented Visually’ picture. This is key to getting control of your data!

The last picture ‘Presented Visually’ is a very important picture. Knowing the story of your data. A dashboard is fantastic but it must be reviewed often with strategies and systems implemented. However, make sure you are looking at your KPIs because just looking at a random sampling of your data may lead you to the wrong story which could lead your business astray.

No matter which stage you are in currently, there is a path to every stage. As a business owner you need to focus on what. you do best. Leave the rest to people who can help you get to where you need and want to be. If you need any assistance in any of these stages, let’s have a talk.

As a business owner, what stage are you in?

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