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From one-person business to multinationals, big data is changing the way companies operate for the better. With the increase in the amount of data originating from different sources due to the advancement of technology, companies are now deploying different innovative approaches for analyzing and extracting different useful data sets. The ability of businesses to access valuable and organized data offers them an edge and ensures long term returns. It makes it easy to make decisions which would otherwise be hard using conventional methods.

As the collection of data, big data analytics and interpretation become increasingly sophisticated and readily available, they will have an impact on every business in many ways regardless of the industry. Here are some ways in which big data is changing businesses:

Enhances business intelligence

Business intelligence is basically a set of tools which helps in improving analysis of operations. Although it was there before the advent of big data, big data has made it easy for business owners to make better-informed decisions. Big data enables businesses to gather more and higher quality data about customers therefore giving them ideas of what customers want and the channels they use more often. This increases sales and enables companies to have more knowledge about their customers. 

Enhances efficiency

Without working on the quality of data, business processes will always lack efficiency. With big data, quality data over every product and process is provided. Data at hand can then be used to guide the businesses and identify the constraints which exist in the market. Once they are identified correctly, they can be eliminated to increase performance therefore improving throughput. 

Improve customer service

The biggest challenge to quality customer service is a lack of understanding of their priorities, likes, and dislikes. This is often the case for companies that do not have proper information at hand. With big data, businesses can know what their customers want before the customer even mentions it. Such knowledge gives companies a competitive edge as it differentiates them based on the highest quality customer service.

Enabling the Development of Customer Responsive Products

For a company to develop products or services needed by the customer, it must first rely on the quality of data. The same applies to the marketing team. Big data enables marketers to create highly targeted marketing campaigns with accuracy and focus as perceived by the customer. Data assists firms in understanding customers’ future wants by analyzing what they have been purchasing in the past.

Cost reduction

Big data is being used to deliver the information needed by businesses to reduce operational costs. Through predictive analytics, business trends can be monitored and predictions made. This aids companies in strategizing according to their resources and the demands of their market. For any business, cost reduction is a goal and cannot be achieved overnight. A plan has to be developed over a period keeping trends and potential future occurrences in mind and thinking of possible scenarios of how customers would react to certain changes. Big data allows companies to establish the right cost standards and cut costs.

In general, big data is changing businesses by not only improving customer experience but also in monitoring the market and working conditions of the employees. It is also helping in ensuring the efficiency of operations. This is opening a new world of possibilities and is continually changing how our companies do business. This however is not to say that big data has no challenges. With the rise of big data, privacy is under threat which is also raising concerns of both companies and customers.

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Scott Koegler

Scott Koegler is Executive Editor for Big Data & Analytics Tech Brief

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