NetSuite users know how powerful the NetSuite platform is. And you can juice up NetSuite’s capabilities even more by connecting multiple data sources to NetSuite to get a 360-degree view of your business. Then, you can use a visual analytics solution to quickly turn that raw data with NetSuite into data visualizations that are easy for your whole team to understand.
iCharts, a collaborative visual reporting platform that lives natively inside of NetSuite, helps you do it all.
In part one of this blog post, we’ll touch briefly on the benefits of visual analytics, and we’ll explain how a solution like iCharts allows you to pull in data from multiple sources for the most complete view of your business.
In part two, we’ll provide specific examples of the benefits of NetSuite data mashups.
Why Visual Analytics?
Before taking a deep dive into your data, be sure you’ve got a visual analytics solution that can help you make sense of it all. Yes, you could export the data from your saved searches into Excel and build reports from there, but the process is inefficient. Sometimes, you wind up with files that are too big to share via email, and if multiple people are working on a file at once, confusion can arise over who has the freshest data. Ultimately, you may spend too much time building reports and not enough time analyzing and taking action on the data.
A visual analytics solution streamlines the process, freeing you up to spend more time on analysis. And with a solution that allows you to access data from multiple sources and compare it with your NetSuite data, you’ll be able to uncover even more key insights.
Connecting the Data
Excel. Google Analytics. Nielsen data. There are multiple locations where important data can reside. If you want to compare any of this outside data with the real-time data within NetSuite, you need a way to merge all of it into one data set. And that’s what iCharts allows you to do.
iCharts has a deep partnership with Google’s BigQuery, so iCharts users can pull in data from this huge data repository and mash it together seamlessly with existing NetSuite data. Essentially, iCharts allows you to connect multiple different data sources with just a few clicks.
And because iCharts allows you to visualize all your data, you can quickly create charts to illustrate key relationships between the data sets.
For instance, if you want to see how your sales team’s actual sales numbers compare with their quotas, you can mash up the two data sets and come up with a visualization that clearly shows which sales reps have exceeded quota and which have a long way to go. If one sales rep has really fallen behind, you may even decide to split the opportunities assigned to him among the rest of the team. In just a few minutes, you can create a visualization to help you make those important sales management decisions.
The Bottom Line
Tapping into real-time NetSuite data is good. Visualizing your data for better, faster analysis is better. And combining multiple data sources with visualization for a 360-degree view of your business is best. iCharts handles every aspect.
We’ll take a look at some more specific data mashup use cases in our next blog. To learn more about how iCharts helps you get a 360-degree view of all your data, watch our latest webinar for Visualizing Multiple Data Sources Inside of NetSuite.