3 Best Practices for Decision Analytics

Decision analysis is critical for any business. You must be able to make the right decision right on time. Decision analytics require you to look at your data in the decision-making process. Being able to rely on your data can make this process easier and you can rest assured that you have made strides to better your organization.  We have three best practices when it comes to decision analytics that will help you along the way. Intuition Analytics can be the opposite of intuition sometimes.

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A lot of people want to trust their intuition, especially when it comes to business. But try this – listen to your intuition but verify it by looking at the data. Backing your intuition with facts is a great way to make sure your decisions are solid and in the best interest of the organization. Options When we set out to make a decision, we can be focused on choosing between ‘A’ or ‘B’.  It’s very simple to think of things in this binary way. Challenge yourself to take a moment or two and you might find you have an option ‘C’ or maybe even ‘D’. Creating options for yourself while making decisions will lead to higher satisfaction with your choice. You will make the best decision possible because you have laid everything out on the table. Communicate Data is best communicated visually. This is the best way to communicate your analytics because it give the numbers more meaning and relevance. A great example is that anyone could tell you what the Grand Canyon looks like. It has browns and reds and it’s beautiful. But until you stand there on the edge of the canyon you don’t have a real sense for what it’s actually like. Visualizing your data is the most powerful way to communicate it.

Experience Intelligent Integration

Ryvit was founded on one fundamental observation: customers are demanding an integrated application experience for workflows and analysis.  Coupled with this imperative, software companies are often failing to deliver because they lack development resources that can rapidly bring integration solutions to market.   Recognizing this gap led to the Ryvit vision to create an ineternet platform as a service, plus offer incredible predictive analytics and bring development expertise to do all the heavy lifting for you.

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To pull those pieces together, Ryvit’s unique platform and partner program was created.  Ryvit iPaaS+ ™   is the competitive edge you need to outsell your competition. Give customers the progressive software experience they expect: to be able to enter, access, report and analyze all of their data across the business.  Because this kind of enterprise workflow fluidity and transparency is not available with any other solution, you will win and retain more business. Ryvit’s intelligent integration process gives you exclusive access into our ever growing economy of complimentary, progressive, and leading software vendors. Our professional integration team of experts builds an integration for you to connect our ecosystem of existing partner applications or to any other software package you need. Your development team resources aren’t drained and distracted learning another vendor’s API and can remain focused on delivering on your product road-map. Upon completion of the integration, every software vendor on the Ryvit Platform can connect to your solution, increasing your sales and marketing reach exponentially overnight. We empower companies to enter the Partner Program without taking a financial hit to the development budget. There’s no cash outlay from you to use our integration team. The cost of building the integration is paid for through your team’s sales of the integration itself.

Introducing Ryvit iPaaS+™

Get your Software’s Integration Solutions to Market and Outsell your Competition Ryvit is a new fresh approach to integration for the software industry. Once we have access to your API, we integrate your applications with other business critical applications without additional coding by your developers or implementation teams. We don’t offer toolkits, GUIs, and SDKs to let you build point-to-point integrations . We build the integration for you. Easier. We build software integrations for your company.

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Behind every Ryvit integration is a team of integration specialists working directly with you to do the heavy lifting. We design and develop value-adding functionality to meet the needs of your customers. You can integrate your software application to ERP, CRM, eCommerce, Social apps and specialty industry-specific solutions without exhausting your development resources….the work is being done for you. Faster. Once you have us build an application integration, you can re-use that development investment to connect the correlating database objects with additional applications available on the Ryvit Platform; Or you can choose for us to create a new application ryvit for another vendor’s solution if it isn’t already available. You accelerate getting new solutions to market and quickly create value. Smarter. Whether your requirements include complex data mappings, data transformation, document generation, real-time synchronization or cross-integration analytics we have you covered. Leverage our resources and capability to deliver a fully-managed, enterprise-level solution to your customers for a fraction of the cost to build and maintain a single point-to-point integration. Ryvit iPaaS+™  delivers iPaaS plus a whole lot more — Performance Monitoring, Business Intelligence and Development Services.  With Ryvit you get:

  • Happy Executives - Increase revenue and market awareness exponentially without an upfront development investment
  • Happy Development Team - Leverage our team of experts to build and manage integrations for you
  • Happy Customers - Quickly deploy best-of-breed and complimentary application integrations to your customers

Read more about it by downloading out whitepaper (Ready-needs loaded onto resources page) Click here to get your free consultation today.

Modern Day Matchmaking in the iPaaS economy

Finding your perfect match means more than just a feeling when we talk about the iPaaS economy. Ultimately your perfect match needs to help you accomplish one task- outsell your competitors. Customers demand all of the workflows be accessible from one interface, they want to use one dashboard, and they want to access it from anywhere. Here’s how to outsell your competition: Focus on the Technology itself Ask your software provider what you are really getting. The technology needs to be:

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Reliable- First are foremost your technology needs to do what it is supposed to do all of the time. No one has the patience to deal with spotty technology or an application that is unreliable when you need to use it. The technology we have available at our fingertips is expected to perform.

Usable- Can the end user open this up and figure it out? Sure there could be a little bit of a learning curve, but too much of one and interest in your tool will be lost- no matter how much easier it could make their lives. The technology should be intuitive.

Portable – Having a mobile-friendly tool is necessary to compete today. Many professionals work from multiple devices including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Make sure it’s all going to be mobile friendly and powerful even in the palm of their hands.

Accessible- Today, everything must be easily accessible. This goes hand in hand with the tool being usable and portable, but it takes it one step further. Can the end user open the tool and go? What steps stand in the way of that happening? These steps should be eliminated to create ease of accessibility.

Performing – The tool has to meet all of the needs of the client. They need to be able to be able to have that all-in-one experience. Streamlined tools perform well for professionals today. Having technology that meets all of these requirements- reliable, usable, portable, accessible and performing is step one in outselling your competition because it leads to happy customers. Make sure your customers know your technology solution in and out to help manage their expectations. If they have new requirements for your tool, be responsive. This will help them understand that you are doing everything in your power to get them what they need and will keep your from gaining any unhappy customers who could damage your reputation. Find a software partner who can deliver to you a superior product and your clients will be happy.

Project Collaboration: The Basics

When working for most organizations, projects can take up a big portion of what you do. Collaboration is essential whether it’s with an established team or across departments. Your team needs to have a certain level of competency and ability. There are tons of tools out there to help you make your team organized and more efficient. These tools range in price and features so you can choose the tool that will be the best fit, but don't forget some of these basics for successful projects:

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1. Forgetting what it’s all about Yes, implementing tools can really help your teams collaborate better. But don’t forget that project collaboration is really all about the people. Make a team that has the right people and this will get you further than any tool.

2. Only using email Meeting in person is great when everyone can get together and they are all in the same office. For many collaborations, this simply isn’t possible all the time. Being able to meet online is essential and email can’t take care of all of the needs a group will have for collaboration. Not to mention, lots of us get hundreds of emails a day and project collaborations can get lost in the shuffle.

3. Getting a tool, but not seeing it through You can research and find the best tool out there, but if your team doesn’t know how to put it into play, it’s all for nothing. A lot of project collaboration tools have a learning curve. Allow your teams to learn these tools before they are expected to jump right in.

4. Non-adoption If your team learns the new tool or method but does not adopt it into their daily use, this can be a problem. You made this business decision and now you need to make sure your team is behind you and understands the importance of this tool and why they need to use it. Non-adoption can also apply to other areas of collaboration, not just a new tool or method.

5. Focusing on the negative When you are working on a project you might be solving one problem and while trying to do so, you may come across other problems. Don’t focus on the negative. This kills productivity in your collaboration. It can be easy to let your team get dragged down by the negative but instead, face these challenges with solutions.

6. Failing to communicate This can be an issue for many different areas of an organization and it hold true for project collaboration. Open lines of communication have to be established to have a free flow of thoughts and ideas. Communicating deadlines just isn’t enough, more conversation needs to go into collaboration. This starts with a clear mission. If this isn’t clear, the team will be set up for failure.

7. Overlapping tasks Sometimes, when the communication isn’t strong, multiple people could be working on the same task and have no idea someone else is too. This is just one example of how poor communication can lead to wasted time and efforts.

8. Resistance to change Many people are afraid of change. This could stem from a fear of surprises and the unknown, a certain level of mistrust, or maybe just bad timing. The creative ideas a project collaboration could come up with might require a certain level of change, however. Don’t be resistant to the good ideas that come from collaboration.

9. No established skills and best practices Your team should know what you expect out of them for project collaboration. Setting standards and best practices is a good first step. You need to make sure employees learn and understand the best practices you have in play when they are onboarding. You also want to make sure they know what basic skills will be required for the projects they join.

10. Failing to plan When it comes to collaboration, planning can be your best friend. Make sure giving each participant a voice is part of this plan. What methods will you use to brainstorm? How can you get to the end goal? These are a few of the details that need to be planned well in advance.

Scale Quickly & Efficiently

Increase revenue and market awareness exponentially without an upfront development investment Figuring out how to effectively scale a software business is often best reflected by taking a walk through the boneyard of failed attempts of other companies just like yours.  The big ideas—the solutions software vendors bring to market– have as much impact on scale as the steps the leaders of these companies take or don’t take to execute their vision.  Grow or die. Scaling is an attractive characteristic of the software business for investors. 

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You incur heavy upfront investment costs as you formulate and develop your initial solution. Then, in theory you replicate the product over and over with high margins and without hiring huge teams to do so.  Actually delivering on the promise of finding gold is what separates the strong from the weak. Considering the 80/20 rule of efficiency is absolutely critical.  To uncover blind spots take a hard analytical look at these to fundamental questions:

  • Who is on your team?
  • How efficiently does the company operate?
  • Why are deals lost or won?
  • How likely are your customers to recommend your solution?

Each meeting with your Board or investors is riddled with questions relating to your ability to scale.  How can you turn your software company into a money making, customer satisfaction machine? How do you outpace the competition? How do you achieve aggressive year over year growth? Manifest destiny to incredible profits, going public, being acquired or accomplishing world domination is the fuel for thousands of software industry executives to work like sleep deprived maniacs. And, yet each and every year thousands fail altogether or possibly worse fail to grow and stagnate, which if left uncheck could lead to a slow and painful death. Why do some software companies achieve greatness while others simply just make ends meet, wither on the vine and eventually perish?  Although there are lots of possible viable answers—luck, good looks, deep pockets—the single greatest reason companies fail to grow is the inability to execute for scale.

Technology’s Impact on Safety in Construction

Working on a construction site can be hazardous. According to OSHA, construction fatalities account for 19.5% of the total fatalities across all industries in the U.S. It has been a long-standing factor of the construction industry for contractors to have to balance trying to meet their safety goals with the knowledge that devastating consequences are possible. Safety policies and procedures exist to keep workers as safe as possible, such as OSHA standards for a workplace to be free of known dangers. Even with these policies and standards, hazards still exist, but that doesn’t mean a worksite has to be unsafe. Technology has stepped up to create safety measures that didn't exist before.

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Futuristic Advances in technology are making construction sites safer and more efficient. There are many different types of technology that contribute to this enhanced site safety, with more emerging every day. Drones and robots are among the most futuristic technologies. The robots and drones can do dangerous tasks and collect data that increase safety. Drones and robots can be sent to places that workers can’t or shouldn’t venture to. Detailed observations go a long way in safety measures for construction sites and drones give this ability. They are also able to collect data and send it back to the main office. Communication Timely communication is a luxury we have all experienced from technological advances. We know the benefits well, and when applied to construction, it can make a difference in safety. It’s now more than just walkie talkies and cell phones, other communication systems allow for increased communication and record keeping throughout the jobsite and from the jobsite to the office.  Wearable technologies have the capability to send an alert if the person wearing it has fallen or is otherwise injured. Data Sharing collected data may not seem like a safety precaution but it is becoming increasingly important. It isn’t something that is done right there on the jobsite like a robot doing underwater welding, but it enhances safety none the less. Just like all other industries, big data is becoming part of construction. Real-time reports with current data can be automated for stakeholders, management, and employees to stay updated. These reports give feedback on hazards and unsafe jobsites. Having up-to-date data means fixes can be made quickly to keep all workers safe. Having applications that are integrated will only enhance the ability to have accurate and intelligent data for safety in construction. Big data gives executives the ability to gain insights on safety and ways to improve their efficiency. Technology is doing its part to keep construction workers safe and the future will only bring more innovative ways to keep them safe.

The Difference Between iPaaS, aPaaS and SaaS

Integrations are taking more than just the software industry by storm. Companies in every industry are demanding data be able to flow across different software and different applications. Integrations can heavily increase efficiency and gain a competitive edge through streamlined operations. Companies need to stay away from deploying integrations that will stand alone in a silo in order to reap as many benefits as possible. This means integrations need to be intelligent. The main integration types today are iPaaS, aPaaS, and SaaS.

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Before we dive into how iPaaS, aPaaS, and SaaS are all different, let's break down what each means. iPaaS stands for integration platform as a service. aPaaS stands for application platform and a service. SaaS stands for software as a service. Each of these serves a different purpose.

aPaaS allows for rapid application development and delivery. This form has high productivity and high control. The coding process for platforms as a service can slow down delivery, but aPaaS brings automation for the application lifecycle. aPaaS offers a faster way to build apps.

SaaS has a main difference of being hosted by a vendor where iPaaS is cloud-based. Applications that are on-premise hosted can be integrated and allow for free flow of data. The application or service is made available to customers over a network, usually the internet.

iPaaS is a cloud-based integration solution, unlike SaaS which is hosted by a vendor on-premise. It iPaaS allows applications that reside on the cloud or on-premise to integrate and have data flow freely between them. It does not need any download, it is simply deployed. This is the most balanced offering because it can bring differently hosted software solutions or applications together.

iPaaS+™ is a cloud-based integration solution, but it also offers business intelligence and reporting. iPaaS+™ has an ecosystem available that allows applications built to integrate with all other application in the ecosystem. Partners are able to leverage the power of multiple business essential applications through this ecosystem.

Choose the integration type that will best serve your company in the long run. Find the right vendor can be difficult, but read this for help.

To experience the iPaaS+™ difference and learn more, contact Ryvit.

The iPaaS+™ Difference

iPaaS Businesses can no longer survive with software operating in a silo. They need their business systems to communicate across the enterprise and deliver meaningful insights to a variety of stakeholders. Doing this in a consistent and cost-effective way is the trick. The scope of developing, monitoring and supporting a single integration can be out of reach for most organizations. This is where iPaaS vendors come in. The services they provide are now more valuable than ever. Businesses are able to leverage iPaaS to enable subscribers to implement integration projects involving any combination of cloud and on-premise endpoints- data sources, applications, web services, APIs and processes. Some iPaaS benefits include:

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  • Eliminate costs and resource requirements of endpoint-to-endpoint integrations
  • Support for a variety of connectivity protocols and data delivery methods allow businesses to rapidly expand integrations offerings and increase market opportunity
  • Enhance security and stability with 24/7 advanced monitoring and support
  • Reduce time-to-value with reusable integration templates

 

iPaaS+™ With Ryvit, you can integrate your software or services into our ecosystem. This ecosystem of applications and integrations allows you to quickly integrate with all other applications within our ecosystem. You are able to do this without having to build, monitor or maintain individual endpoint-to-endpoint integrations. With iPaaS+™ by Ryvit, you get all of the benefits on an iPaaS provider plus a whole lot more. You are able to leverage our business intelligence component for better analytics because of our ability to natively push and pull data from multiple applications. The meaningful metrics gained from our BI can be shared with the executive team, sales and marketing teams and even customers. Your integrations will be easier, faster and smarter.

Easier. We build software integrations for your company. Behind every Ryvit integration is a team of integration specialists working directly with you to do the heavy lifting. We design and develop value-adding functionality to meet the needs of your customers. You can integrate your software application to ERP, CRM, eCommerce, Social apps and specialty industry-specific solutions without exhausting your development resources….the work is being done for you.

Faster. Once you have us build an application integration, you can re-use that development investment to connect the correlating database objects with additional applications available on the Ryvit Platform; Or you can choose for us to create a new application Ryvit for another vendor’s solution if it isn’t already available. You accelerate getting new solutions to market and quickly create value.

Smarter. Whether your requirements include complex data mappings, data transformation, document generation, real-time synchronization or cross-integration analytics we have you covered. Leverage our resources and capability to deliver a fully-managed, enterprise-level solution to your customers for a fraction of the cost to build and maintain a single point-to-point integration.

The Ryvit Value Proposition

“Software companies don’t typically have the resources or the time to focus on how other business applications use their data or services. They are focused on developing their product. The iPaaS model allows organizations to decouple from the process. A partner builds their API, exposes the objects and functionality they want to share and we do the rest. Ryvit manages the integrations, handles functional changes, monitors systems and hardware – and ensures every partner in the ecosystem can scale to meet demand with 99.99% reliability.” CEO, Ryvit Partner

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