Been using spreadsheets at work? Tired of manually recording all your data from various sources into Excel? 

Have you ever worked with data and thought, “there has got to be an easier and better way than to use these complicated tools or coding?” The answer is yes, there is. 

Here’s why you should switch to BI Analytics and how Chameleon BI can help you accelerate towards insights and take back your time.

  1. Data from disparate sources can involve incompatible file types and structures when you are trying to compile them into one platform. It becomes difficult to take advantage of all your data because it’s complex, labor-intensive, and time-consuming to make files conform to a spreadsheet. You may then decide that your employees require specialized skills like coding or specific tools. However, that is not the case. With Chameleon BI, you can combine data from various sources that you use into our BI platform, relieving you from worrying about size, structure, or the type of data. Chameleon BI integrates with multiple data sources, so you can quickly transform your data sets into a common structure. 
  2. When it comes to data profiling, you can discover, understand, and organize data by identifying its characteristics and assessing its quality. The process can reveal if your data is complete, catch errors or unusual patterns, and determine the usability, allowing companies to make more accurate analyses. However, trying to understand each field in every data set manually can take a huge amount of time and significant effort from your team. With Chameleon BI, we automatically analyze and provide metadata for each field, so you can easily perform structural, content, and relationship profiling. With our charts and tables, you can visually explore top values, key statistics, and the overall “shape” of your data set to better understand your data as you move it through your analytic process. 
  3. If your data is full of errors, can you really trust your analysis? Data cleaning involves removing duplicates, outliers, and irrelevancies and handling missing data and structural errors. It is critical because wrong data leads to wrong decisions. In spreadsheets, cleaning is manual, tedious, and so time-consuming that analysts barely have enough time or energy left for analyses. Cutting, pasting, removing white space, changing data types, and other manual processes can lead to miscalculations, mental errors, and duplicate records. Maintaining data integrity throughout the process becomes a challenge. You could create new columns, remove rows, and change data types with a single step that applies across your data set, or with Chameleon BI, you could let us automatically interpret your data, assigning types and sizes appropriate for the content, so you save time cleaning data.
  4. By combining data sets from disparate sources, you’ll start to see relationships you might have missed before. However, Using VLOOKUPs, scripting, and multiple spreadsheets for constructing data sets can be clunky and time-consuming. Once you start layering in multiple fields and sheets you might accidentally damage your data set. Utilizing manual processes or relying on data scientists to build analytical data sets isn’t scalable as ad-hoc reporting requests increase. With Chameleon BI, you can bring your data together any way you like without worrying about the format. 
  5. Once you have built your data set, it’s time to start crunching numbers and applying formulas to get insights. But as you manually apply IF statements and formulas on Excel, it’s easy to forget details like if you applied the formula everywhere it was needed or if you hid cells. Your spreadsheet might run slow when you add in formulas since the default setting is to recalculate all formulas when you enter them. Even if you need to perform the same analysis at regular intervals or with small edits for what-if analysis, spreadsheets have very little reusability. With Chameleon BI, we can add a field to an input table and create or update data fields based on an expression or data relationship. Our workflows help you keep track of what, when, and where anything was altered and we work with you to make sure the data remains valid and accurate. If something changes or new records are added, your logic will automatically apply. Once a workflow has been built, analysts can rerun it without repeating the entire process, saving you time to analyze and view your data. 

Finding and gaining insight from your data does not have to involve painful hours of getting your data sets to work well together or wondering if your data isn’t accurate. 

You need to be able to look at the whole picture and we can help you do that at Chameleon BI.