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How to Visualize and Centralize your Data

Posted by Caroline Le Brun | October 11, 2017 5:00 PM

Visualize and Centralize data

Many organizations find themselves having to pull or even wait for data from their Telecom Expense Management (TEM) vendor in order to obtain visual graphics outlining key data and information. Businesses will rely on Excel files and spreadsheets to get a visual handle on their data, which can be a long and tedious process. I’ve worked with pivot tables and macros in excel, and you never know when they will give up on you. Viewing data is one thing, but having security measures in place to keep data in the right hands within the company is also an area for concern. This issue often leads to data only being available to certain individuals, leaving others with no visibility of the data pertaining to them. For example, Business Unit Managers need to wait for a report from the IT Director in order to prepare their 2018 Budget. Managers and Employees alike must be able to understand their telecom and technology environment, and how their usage impacts the bottom line of the company.

TEM Dashboards

  There’s a much better way to visualize and centralize data in order to better understand and assess your situation. Through the use of dashboards, company data can be presented at-a-glance with no need to dig for information. Everything can be made available for you in one centralized dashboard, with no vendor intervention required. With the right TEM software, you can make use of user-friendly and interactive dashboards, two features that make data visualization a much smoother process. These functionalities allow users to modify and interact with the settings (e.g. turning on and off elements of a legend for a graph, sliding the timeline, selection of one or many vendors to display) so that your dashboard displays only the most pertinent information based on your needs.

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  Another feature that can make dashboard visualization that much better is role-based access. Having a system in place that displays certain data sets based on permissions creates an insulated layer of security. Everyone in the company can view only the data that is most relevant to them. Employees can get the information they need in order to properly understand their IT environment and usage, allowing them to self-regulate, make better decisions, and be aware of their costs and how they impact the company.

  Cimpl’s dashboard module provides users with a smooth, clear-cut experience. Data is made available at-a-glance for everyone in the company according to their roles. Some of the key utilities of the Dashboard module and Role-Based Access function are:

  • The ability to easily compare spending trends, thus allowing for well-informed decision making and sharing of useful information.
  • Detection of over-usage, cost spikes, and inventory irregularities are demonstrated in the dashboard, allowing you to take action on the data.
  • ROI that is generated by actions and initiatives in the platform, such as workflow automation, is tracked and displayed.
  • Employees can easily view their unique telecom environment, including their costs and assets.
  • Dashboards can be configured according to the data you require most.

  Cimpl’s dashboard module and role-based access were designed with our three brand promises. 1) Save Money, 2) Save Time, and 3) Maintain an Accurate Inventory. The dashboard module will help you save money by providing you with all of the information you need to make well-informed decisions and investments. The modules will also help you save significant amounts of time. Due to our role-based access functionality, dashboards can be configured according to each individual employee, and will only make certain data available for viewing. This speeds up the process of analyzing and understanding data, as dashboards are clutter-free and unique to each type of user. Finally, the dashboard tracks and manages the IT and telecom inventory, keeping your inventory accurate by notifying you of any irregularities.

  Join us for our live webinar on October 25, 2017 at 1:00pm ET, where we’ll detail all of the features that come with the Cimpl dashboard module and role-based access. Getting a visual hold on your data doesn’t have to involve digging for information. With Cimpl, everything is made available at-a-glance directly within the platform.

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AUTHOR: Victoria Lewin 

Topics: Cost Transparency, Actionable data analytics, Centralization

Written by Caroline Le Brun

Having worked in marketing for 16 years, Caroline has significantly improved Cimpl’s online presence and industry recognition as Marketing Director. Working closely with analysts and highly focused on keeping up with IT industry trends, she is most knowledgeable in the realm of technology and IT expense management best practices. As a passionate, driven marketer, she works side by side with her marketing team to bring Cimpl beyond its greatest achievements.

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