I’m almost done unraveling the mystery behind the meaning of DRV.  In my previous post Relate Data, People, and Process I talked about the R.  I talked about the concepts important to establishing relationships within your data and some of the benefits that come with it.  Let’s get started with the last section on the V.

The V stands for Visualize and embodies how we consume data to make informed decisions.  The method in which data is presented to the user directly impacts the conclusions they will be drawn to.  Visualizations enable the user to identify trends in data and expose outliers.  They also drastically increase the rate at which information can be consumed and compared.

This shouldn’t be earth shattering news to anyone that has been paying attention to the latest Business Intelligence (BI) craze that has been sweeping the business world.  There are a multitude of applications that have sprung up to solve this issue.  While those applications are certainly offering insights to their customers that were previously hidden in database tables and spreadsheets, they offer an “after the fact” look into the data.  This is due to their bolt-on nature.  The typical usage is to keep your existing systems and feed data over to the BI application on a schedule.

The DRV Systems founders didn’t want to create an application that would need a corresponding BI tool to make any sense of the data.  On the contrary, we were far more interested in offering real-time analysis of your business.  The idea that you would need to setup nightly jobs to send information out of Fuse was clearly identified a missed opportunity and a bad user experience.

So with that in mind, Fuse offers a suite of data visualizations to be used with our statistical reporting engine.  You are able to dynamically define a query into your data, follow relationships to other data, and apply aggregating functions on the results.  All this without the need to write any code or keep expensive Report Writers on standby.

I am personally excited about the functionality we offer for data visualizations as it is one of my favorite aspects of our industry.  It amazes me when I see business analysts scouring through tables of data to try and identify risks or trends.  I used to believe that they were just accustomed to doing it that way and that traditions die hard.  However, after spending years helping people make more sense of their data, I realized the issue was they didn’t know there were other options.

As this is the end of the series on the meaning behind DRV, I would like to leave you with some questions to ask yourself about how you do business.

Are you able to keep score and know if you’re winning?

Do you have the tools available to identify your successes and failures?

Do you have the visibility into your business to make confident decisions?

If you answered “No” to any of those questions, I challenge you to ask yourself why.  If you are interested in learning more about how Fuse can help your business, fill out a demo request.  Please leave a comment or tweet us @DRVSystems to continue the discussion.