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Bane Hunter Gives Insight Into Understanding the Utility of Commercial and Government Data

Bane Hunter

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 12, 2024 / -- Valuable commercial data is at the heart of companies of all shapes and sizes. Clever utilization of this data, also called commercial analytics, allows businesses and other organizations to gain valuable insight into their sectors, markets, and industries.

From large government organizations and public companies to small, privately owned businesses, operations across the board should utilize every ounce of data available. Most of this data is invariably free – the result of simply operating. The same applies to private and public companies, government bodies, nonprofits, and charities.

Despite the value of this data, many commercial organizations fail to take full advantage of the figures at their disposal. Government organizations, too, may also be under-utilizing their own readily available operating information. According to expert Bane Hunter, it's an oversight potentially significantly costing businesses and other organizations across America.

Global executive Bane Hunter is a digital transformation specialist. The solution, he says, to many of the most common forms of overlooked data is investment in effective commercial analytics. The following is a closer look at this and how different organizations can effectively utilize their all-important qualitative and relevant data.

A closer look at commercial analytics
Commercial analytics are the tools organizations use to ensure the smooth, profitable, data-led running of operations. Within strictly commercial settings, this means optimizing day-to-day activities, identifying new opportunities, and managing risk. Businesses may also use the same tools for product development and other tasks.

Commercially speaking, a company's sales and marketing teams will most commonly employ tools designed to analyze business data. From a purely sales and marketing perspective, such analytics are the most valuable for customer retention efforts and more complex market analysis measures.

Elsewhere, those responsible for utilizing their organization's data may use commercial analytics tools and software for key performance indicator optimization, customer journey development, and budgeting. Effective utilization of company data is particularly useful when evaluated on a department-by-department basis.

Analytics are now available for government data
While commercial analytics software primarily focuses on business data, similar tools are available specifically for governmental and similar organizations. These are either designed specifically for official, governmental use or are tailored more heavily toward leading commercial and government organizations and their figures in particular.

Many pieces of analytics software allow organizations to utilize both commercial and government data in tandem. That's potentially invaluable, as freely available government data can be just as valuable for businesses as it is for the state.

Just as within more commercial settings, the first-hand utilization of government data via analytics software is particularly valuable for tracking key performance indicators. And, perhaps even more so than in strictly business settings, department-by-department evaluation often yields notable findings for government organizations and other public bodies.

How organizations can utilize their data most effectively
Clever and effective use of data begins with ensuring that all available analytical information is actively and accurately collected. Organizations often overlook all but the most obvious or important facts and figures. They must realize that the smaller or more easily overlooked pieces of information can prove the most valuable.

That's not least because these are the figures likely overlooked by their competitors, too. With that, effective utilization invariably starts with effective and comprehensive data collection. Collect and collate all available data before using analytics to determine the value. Then, focus on the most valuable and insightful aspects to achieve the best results.

Data is the most effectively utilized over time. At the outset, analytical efforts may not seem to yield any particularly noteworthy findings. However, the same data and analytical undertakings invariably prove invaluable when collated and studied over an extended period.

Factors preventing more effective use of operational data
Many businesses and other organizations overlook a significant portion of the data available to them. Be that as it may, only very few discount their data in its entirety. It's far more common to look past perceived less noteworthy data or to focus predominantly on that which, on the face of it, looks likely to yield the best results.

Yet, while most organizations study some or all of their data, something often prevents the most effective utilization. That's a lack of analytical expertise. Commercial analytics tools, while powerful, require particular expertise to achieve the best results, as does fully understanding the definition and utility of data at its core.

Organizations of all shapes and sizes may also use one or more suboptimal tools poorly adapted for their needs. Again, this often comes down to a lack of expertise, highlighting the need for high-level, first-hand experience surrounding commercial or government data and the tools required to leverage that data fully.

Caroline Hunter
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