Increase Accountability with Business Dashboards

Business dashboards are designed to increase productivity. As Peter Drucker says, “What’s measured improves." By bringing visibility to issues as they arise, dashboards maintain a team that keeps each other accountable.

What is a Dashboard? It is an overview of important business metrics in an easy to read format, a majority of us have used one before.

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In today’s “Big Data” economy, business dashboards are essential. That being said, for most executives deep data analysis isn’t a task that is an effective use of time. However, having real time and historical data presented to them is. Business dashboards are designed to provide a snapshot of critical information, information that impacts business.

Why is Data More Effective Visually? 90% of information transmitted the the brain is visual. To maximize their effectiveness, we design our dashboards to be visually engaging.

Is information for one worker critical for another? Maybe. But maybe not, which is why most people advocate for the customizable dashboard. As everyone has unique responsibilities, their dashboard should reflect such. When our operations team logs into Fusion, their dashboard shows purchase and sales orders that need action.

Visibility is more than just a buzzword for supply chain professionals. Without proper visibility collaboration cannot take place. So on a business dashboard there should be some static components visible to all team members. Let’s say you have a critical truckload arriving an hour later than operating hours. Everyone needs to be aware of this, for the client’s sake.

Dashboards Designed to Propel Success

Business dashboards are most effective using real-time data. Real-time data allows managers to make the most informed decisions by giving them peace of mind that they are always using up-to-date data. Even though it is an overview or summary, dashboards need to allow users to click through to details in order to pinpoint the exact data that they want to see. Business dashboards need to have an accessible data history. It’s important for managers to compare present quota and targets versus historical data. According to document automation company, Esker, the dashboard helps decision-makers spot trends and craft new strategies in response.

How do they propel success? If they’re properly aligned with your business goals, dashboards provide motivation. As dashboard design company, Grow, puts it: "If you, or your team, needs an extra motivational push, there’s nothing like the whole office knowing you aren’t meeting your goals. Dashboards don’t call people out. They just show the plain and simple facts. Data calls people out and makes accountability the focus."

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The Internet of Things is Here and it’s Taking your Supply Chain Along for the Ride

 

Everything is connected, or it will be soon. The Internet of Things (IoT) is making sure of that. Emerging technologies mean that sensors connected to the internet can be detect almost anything. The IoT is no longer an idea of the future, but a current phenomenon. And it’s one that will drastically affect people’s lives and their work.

Imagine your car is coming up on its regularly scheduled maintenance. A reminder email is sent to you, and at the same time an email is sent to the car’s manufacturer. Before you have even had a chance to check your email, there’s a coupon in your inbox for an oil change at the dealership.

The IoT is also making its way into the supply chain and the manufacturing industry is leading the way for this technology. It’s being used to automate processes, increase productivity, heighten safety protocols, and make countless other improvements. And manufacturing is not the only aspect of the supply chain that can benefit from the IoT.

Most people are pretty familiar with the advantages of using a GPS. Tracking your own location on a map to navigate around unfamiliar streets has become commonplace for many. Attach a GPS to a delivery truck and suddenly you have real time visibility. As GPS becomes more sophisticated and technology advances, the possibilities will keep growing. GPS technology will reroute carriers around traffic and accidents and it will become more accurate in predicting delivery times. At the same time, this data will be collected and analyzed to create further efficiencies along the delivery route.

GPS tracking is only the beginning when it comes to the real time visibility of a shipment. Adding sensors to individual palettes can also help with more in depth tracking. The palette can be tracked from vendor to customer, regardless of how many distribution centres it passes through. Sensors on pallets could also keep track of the internal temperature of refrigerated trucks to ensure that the goods being transported are kept at a safe temperature. The IoT continues to increase the possibilities for a completely transparent supply chain.

The power of the IoT stretches beyond what is easily imaginable. With the internet continually growing it is creating a new kind of industrial revolution. Realizing the power of the IoT and embracing it early can give you a step above the competition.

This doesn’t mean that tomorrow your washing machine will send you a text message indicating that it needs service. It does mean that fully integrating the IoT into our lives is a very real possibility in the not-so-distant, ever-connected world we live in.

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5 Reasons to Choose Software as a Service for your Logistics Company

There are many factors to consider when adopting the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Time and money are among the biggest concerns for businesses who are considering the transition.  

Just because it isn’t broken, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t fix it. Even if your existing system works just fine, there is a great benefit to the implementation of SaaS within your organization. Efficiency is important for successful business and SaaS delivers that by improving on existing processes and finding efficiencies. Software as a Service can help your logistics business excel.

Why mess with a good thing? Because there is a better thing out there. Here are five of the best reasons you shouldn’t wait to switch your company over to SaaS.

No Software Installation

With SaaS, you don’t need to install a program; you just need to navigate to the website. This saves on the time you would spend on multiple installations over multiple computers. Anyone in your organization can access the software immediately.

Available from Anywhere

Since there is no installation, you can access your software from anywhere as long as you can access the internet. With all your information being on the cloud you can check warehouse inventory, shipment status, or other information along supply chain from anywhere and at anytime. Mobile accompaniment apps help you check up on your business needs more easily while on the go.

Quick and Easy Deployments

Since the software is accessed online, you can access it as soon as you have your account set up. New releases, or small bug fixes, won’t become huge company implementations. New deployments are effortless on your part so you can keep your business running.

Scalability

You can get exactly what you are looking for. Everyone’s business needs are going to be different and your software can be customized to suit your needs. You don’t have to settle for a one-size-fits-all type of software. And as your business grows from one warehouse to many, the software can grow and adapt with you.

Lower Costs Overall

There’s no large upfront investment on your part. Signing up for a few accounts before taking the plunge and connect all of your employees.  It will also greatly reduce the burden on your IT department. No additional server installations and no upgrades to perform on your part both equal a cost savings.

Check out our SaaS solutions for your business here.

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