We all know that the key to a good suite of dashboards is to ensure it tells a story; enabling the user to follow a chain of thought to support a decision or action. The challenge is, the average suite of dashboards contain so much data they are more akin to a library than a book.
When we want to find out what’s happening in the world we don’t turn to a verbatim script of everything that happened everywhere yesterday, we look at newspapers or websites that filter out what journalists think we will find interesting. Why should analytics be any different?
So just over 18 months ago we set up a research and development team with a brief to “find the interesting” in everyday data; to see how the latest technologies can be used to apply human thought patterns to vast quantities of information. The aim – to produce headlines that can be integrated into existing reporting systems or consumed via a stand-alone mobile app. It has been a fascinating experience.
Most interesting was discovering that the challenge was only partly technical. The bit that required the most oily fish to be consumed was learning what we (humans) find interesting and why, so that the technology could be trained to look for it.
We decided early on to use our specialist knowledge in healthcare to our advantage and to concentrate on areas that are of interest to the industry. After nearly two years of development, testing and refinement we are launching SAIL this Autumn with some exiting initial insight engines:
We will continue to develop and add new insight engines over time. We can even write bespoke engines for your particular needs. We’re excited about moving the analytics story on and would love the opportunity to show you how SAIL could take your existing analytics to the next level.
If you would like to find out more contact us on email@example.com or call Dean Williams on 01483 528323