More and more companies are realizing the value of their data. This trend has spurred companies of all sizes to seek out data analysis software and tools to extract useful information from large volumes of data. In fact, some businesses have sought out software development companies like 7T to create powerful, fully-custom data analysis software tools. If you’re considering a custom platform for your company, you’ll want to ensure you request data analytics software features that will suit your unique needs. These are some features to consider:
Data Processing, Filtering and Sorting Capabilities
Large volumes of raw data can be extremely overwhelming, even to a seasoned data analyst. For this reason, labeling, filtering, sorting and other manipulation mechanisms are among the most important data analysis software features. These tools allow a user to select relevant data while filtering out unrelated data points.
To ensure your data analysis tool features all of the functionalities that you need to succeed, it can be helpful to discuss your exact needs with your development team. Provide your developers with examples of the data you’re collecting and offer insights into how you need to label, sort and filter that data. This information will help your software development team to architect an interface that will empower you with the functionalities you need to make the most of your data.
Data Systems Integration and Data Lake Connections
It’s not uncommon for a company to use multiple stand-alone software platforms, each with its own database or data storage area. This complicates any attempts at data analysis, as you may need to pull information from more than one location.
The best data analytics software tools solve this problem by creating a data lake that stores raw, unstructured data from a variety of different sources. This data lake serves as a secure, centralized storage area that feeds into your new data analysis software.
The Best Data Analysis Software Features Sophisticated Security Tools
Many companies collect sensitive data that must be protected. A new data analysis software platform could represent a significant risk to data security if it lacks the right security features. For this reason, it’s important to discuss your security concerns with your development team, so they can architect a platform with robust security measures that will protect your data and your company as a whole.
An experienced development team can include a variety of different security features, such as multi-factor authentication, encryption and even geofencing, which prevents individuals from accessing the platform (and all of the data contained within) if they’re outside of a particular geographical area (i.e. an office complex.) It’s also prudent to create a number of different user roles, each with varying degrees of access to your company’s data. This creates an environment where users access only the data they need to fulfill a particular role and nothing more.
There are many strategies for protecting sensitive data, so remember to discuss this point with your developers so they can integrate data analysis software features that reflect your requirements.
The Importance of Data Visualization Tools
Data visualization tools are extremely useful, as this software feature will provide you with easy-to-understand visual representations of your data. After all, it’s much easier to understand a graph than it is to comprehend a raw list of data points. For this reason, data visualization tools are a must-have.
Data visualization software can interpret information in many forms, from charts and graphs to heat maps and other mapping/data plotting capabilities. Take some time to explore some of the more popular free data visualization tools; this will allow you to get a feel for which visualization tools will be most useful. You can even provide your data analysis software developers with examples of the visualization tools that you’d like to integrate into your custom platform.
At 7T, our data analytics software developers take a collaborative approach to the actual development process. This means that we work with the client to gain a full understanding of their needs and processes; then we create a platform with data analytics tools, features and functionalities that will align with those requirements. We also provide the client with opportunities to request modifications or additions to the software platform. Therefore, if you ultimately find that your existing data analytics software features require modification or an addition, our team is happy to provide support to this end.
Beyond creating software and tools for data analysis, 7T has extensive experience in the realm of data governance, from creating data lakes to devising comprehensive data governance plans. We know what it takes to craft a one-of-a-kind data analytics software platform that will empower the client. Our talented custom software developers are well-positioned to assist with your next development project.
7T has clients in Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Austin and beyond. Our high-tech service offerings include mobile app development, ERP and CRM development, cloud integrations and system integrations. So if you’re in search of an innovative team to guide your business as you work to make the most of your data, contact the team at 7T today.