The importance of choosing the right data consulting firm

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Your data speaks volumes. In today’s competitive world of data-driven business, the data your organization creates is more valuable than ever. BI and analytics services delivered by a qualified data consulting firm can bring infinite possibilities and benefits to your company. With the support of a data science consultant, you can:

Gain meaningful insights from your data Make better-informed business decisions
Better predict future outcomes Optimize business models
Develop better products and services Improve customer experiences
Enhance business performance Increase productivity/efficiency

However, many organizations embarking on the journey to optimize their data are surprised to learn that analytics is a complex and technical field. It’s not simply a case of investing in a handful of SaaS solutions and creating some automated workflows. It is a misconception that data analytics is a single strategy or solution. It is in fact a broad concept covering a vast array of industries, use cases and technologies. So, if you don’t have the right skills and experience in-house, it can be difficult to work out where to start. That’s why more and more businesses are outsourcing their data projects to data science consulting companies. A consultant that fully understands the data analytics landscape can help you to:

  • Devise a strategy that aligns with your business goals
  • Select the best-fit technologies
  • Instill a data-driven culture across the entire organization.

Partner with the right data consulting firm

data consulting firm With data analytics playing such an important role in determining success for today’s businesses, choosing the right data consulting firm should be a top priority. The right data consulting firm will identify your data sources and assess your existing data strategy (if you have one in place). Then, they will work closely with your team, generating a roadmap to build or modernize your data strategy. Last year, MIT Technology Review and Databricks conducted a survey of 351 senior technology executives and found that enhancing data analytics by 2023 is a key initiative for 43% of companies. At the same time, businesses that are already using data consultancy services are seeing a return on their investment in the form of business growth and increased profit.

Essential data skill sets

If your business is looking to prioritize and enhance data analytics to drive profit, you need an IT consulting firm that has the right people with the right skill sets. The International Institute of Business Analysis, a non-profit professional organization, lists the key areas of technical expertise as:

Business Intelligence Reporting software Data mining
Data visualization Database design Statistical analysis software
SQL databases Database querying languages Survey/query software

Your data consultant must also be familiar with a plethora of programming languages, such as Python, R, Perl, C/C++, SQL, and Java.

Additional soft skills

As well as having the technical skills to interact with and analyze data, your consultant should also have an inquisitive outlook. Rather than simply accepting the way things are done, an inquisitive consultant will ask why things are done in a particular way, to improve things. This natural curiosity is a vital quality for analysts but unlike all technical skills, it’s not something that can be easily learnt. In addition, the top analytics consulting firms employ experts that think strategically, can work systematically, and have first-rate communication skills. Innovation is also a key thing to look for. The big data consultant you choose should always be looking to use the latest tools and techniques to help with problem-solving and improving analytical capabilities. In many cases, a new and innovative solution will be needed to address a unique problem for your business, so your data consultant must be able to think outside the box.


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