When that next project comes up, remember this: don’t let a POC go to production, and don’t assume a “pilot” has a limited life.
Wait, what is a POC, you ask? Piece of chicken? Pie or cake? Proper old chap? Nope! “Proof of Concept” – a name used by us technology folks to describe something we want or need to do. We might not know how, or know how but don’t know if it will work for the intended purpose. It is like sanctioned playtime for working on something outside of scheduled/planned development projects, regular rules, and rarely comes with too many guarantees attached. Sometimes, in a sales cycle it refers to a “first implementation of software to prove it has the desired capabilities.” Then, one may choose to continue with development of a product or continue looking for a more suitable product. Both of these scenarios are valid, and incredibly valuable for the person doing the building and the recipient of said POC.
ComputerWorld, a digital magazine for information technology and business technology professionals, recently highlighted how our application has helped Healthtrust Purchasing Group (HPG) reduce supply costs and improve quality of care.
HPG needed to leverage their data by automatically consolidating reports and provide key performance indicators. We were challenged to make sense of internal reports that were created manually in Excel spreadsheets, and filled with massive amounts of incomprehensible data. We identified critical business drivers and patterns of behavior in how users referenced data sources in supply expense analytics.
The application was developed with high-level reporting for rapid identification of financial variances and click-through analytics to drill down into data. We used trending visualizations to ensure a user-friendly experience with an intuitive and simplistic platform. This customized analytics tool is designed for 600+ users to be able to quickly evaluate supply expenses at any level and leverage pertinent data for success.
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Reveals latest update: MicroStrategy Polaris
MicroStrategy Polaris is going to be released starting in October. This follows the concept of Analytics Everywhere™ and expands on the capabilities of analytics across operating systems and devices. This new release opens a lot of self-service reporting opportunities and re-vamps the entire application structure.
This update moves away from Adobe Flash® architecture and uses Java, jQuery, and HTML 5 platform base. This means all widgets and functionality available on web will also be available on the iDevice platforms without needing multiple versions.
The latest platform, Polaris, will include many additional features (some listed below). The largest improvements will be focused around the Visual Insight platform infrastructure. This allows for more in-depth analysis, and gives users the ability to create reports and dashboards without needing additional IT resources, putting the power in the users hands.
This week we hosted our healthcare webinar educating our audience on how to build their BI roadmap. We believe creating a BI roadmap provides the framework for how business intelligence and analytics can be applied to specific challenges faced in the healthcare industry. As healthcare entities develop their long–term corporate vision, they are challenged with seeking avenues for continuous improvements to meet their patients’ needs as well as ensuring compliance with evolving government mandates and payment reform models. Building your BI roadmap can be broken down into the following steps:
Learn how our healthcare application, Resultz™, helped an Urgent Care center with better operational effectiveness and higher patient satisfaction. “This is truly innovative and one step ahead. The color coding makes it simple and informative enough to allow for immediate corrective action.” – Dr. Piper Moore, Center Manager at MEDcare Urgent Care.
1. Created a more positive patient experience
By implementing real-time monitoring of exit surveys, we facilitated an Urgent Care center in tracking patient satisfaction with their physician, length of the visit, level of customer service they received, and how likely they are to recommend the center. With this information the clinic is continually able to evaluate areas of improvement and implement necessary changes to exceed patient expectations beyond the medical norm.
2. Promoted team collaboration and communication
Our application promoted a collaborative learning environment for physicians to engage in peer learning, sharing valuable insights and helping each team member excel. Individuals are able to establish best practices and transform their personal weaknesses into strengths. The Urgent Care center was able to implement a reward system to recognize employees that exceed expectations.
3. Streamlined scheduling process
We created a simplified scheduling system for shift schedules for physicians to balance their personal and work life. Medical Officers are able to monitor the number of hours that team members are scheduled and unnecessary overtime.
4. Tracked success
The bottom line – through identifying and understanding best key performance indicators, they now know how to utilize and apply them effectively. By evaluating personal and peer performance and understanding strengths and weaknesses, physicians and clinic operators were able to focus on areas of improvement, establish best practices, thus improving patient outcomes and satisfaction, as well as overall operations of the Urgent Care Center.
Learn more about Resultz™ at http://panderasystems.com/clients/case-study/resultz/ and how it elevated performance of employees, physicians, and patient satisfaction increased.
As the big names in BI struggled to redefine and repackage traditional BI solutions to stimulate new demand, they left business managers confused and holding back in search of partners to provide clarity and convincing value. According to Gartner, this contributed to the lack of growth in the BI market last year.
Pandera Systems is winning confidence back with our unique understanding of the evolution in BI. We’re focused on identifying opportunities to optimize processes and modify behaviors affecting organizational decisioning, then building Enterprise Decision Automation (EDA) application suites to align and enable effective decision making. This delivers measurable business ROI.
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We would like to extend a big congratulations to HealthTrust on being named one of this year’s finalist for the Gartner BI & Analytics Excellence Awards. The Gartner BI & Analytics Excellence Awards highlight world-class BI, Analytics and Performance Management initiatives and their successes, challenges and insights. The three finalists presented their world-class business intelligence, analytics and performance management initiatives at the Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit in Grapevine, TX.
With MicroStrategy World only days away, and so many tracks and speaking sessions to choose from, be sure to add Parallon Business Solution’s Leveraging MicroStrategy Mobile to Build a Successful Revenue Cycle Management App and HealthTrust Purchasing Group’s Using Analytics to Optimize Supply Chain Spend to your schedule now. Both sessions promise to inform and inspire you.
Dr. Michael Taylor, Manager of BI at Parallon will be presenting how their first mobile application helped obtain their first client by developing a Revenue Cycle Management application. Hearing about Parallon′s journey from a “green field” to a mobile success story will surely inspire others to leverage the mobile app development platform to deliver detailed and integrated analysis of financial information to their end user communities.
Patrick Lowry and Kendall Adkins, HealthTrust Purchasing Group’s Directors of Business Solutions and Technology Innovation respectively, will shed some light on how using the MicroStrategy SaaS solution has helped to contiguously identify, assess, and track savings opportunities while creating a supply chain community centered on data-driven decisions.
Whether it is leveraging mobile or using analytics to optimize performance, MicroStrategy World will give us all the opportunity to gain valuable information that will surely empower our future collaborations.
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Next week’s MicroStrategy World conference will include lots of valuable information and interesting people. One session you don’t want to miss is Facebook’s Pushing MicroStrategy to the Limit, The Hacker Way, presented by Bryan Brandow, author of the popular MicroStrategy Tips &Tricks blog bryanbrandow.com and other members of Facebook’s A-Team, including Jeremy Clover, author of microstrategyblog.com. This session will be filled with tricks you can implement with no customization to provide a meaningful impact to your dashboards, plus some “sky’s the limit” ideas for those that are more bold. You will see things never seen before, so be sure to arrive early for a seat in the session that everyone will be talking about.