Expeed Software teams in both Columbus, Ohio and it’s newest office in Kochi, India celebrated this Christmas holiday season. We hope you and your loved ones enjoy your holiday season and wish you a successful 2019!
Expeed Software, a leading IT consulting company helping customers in their Digital Transformation, is pleased to announce the opening of their newest office in Kochi, India. Expeed’s continued growth led to this expansion, increasing their presence in India. This new site will add to the company’s growing global presence.
Expeed Software Founder and CEO Rao Chajarla said, “Investing in our new location will allow us to continue our strategic success by growing our software development capabilities.”
Exciting things are happening at Expeed Software and we want to share some important news with you. Loyalty from our customers has fueled continued growth, making a move to a new office necessary. This is just one of many exciting developments.
Please update your records with our new contact information:
100 W. Old Wilson Bridge Road
Worthington, Ohio 43085
If you have a vision of how your data analytics should function, should drive business and should be valued, but you haven’t mastered the art of communicating your vision to the rest of the organization, then chances are that no one sees the value. One of the key challenges for leaders of data analytics teams is in moving the organization to not only see the need for investment, but in fully adopting the charter that putting together a data analytics business unit requires if it has any hopes of sustainability.
The first step is undertaking self-scrutiny and asking the hard question of “do I really have a vision?”. Typically, there is no overarching vision and instead, there are roadmaps that take the organization forward to specific points with finite end dates, or worse, take the organization to “somewhere” without definition of what that might actually look like. Data analytics leaders need to really focus on putting together a vision that is a framework of how data analytics will benefit the organization today, tomorrow and throughout the life of the organization. This charter should outline not only how the data analytics team will gain initial funding, but how it will stay afloat, how it will work across departments and how it will self-evolve and self-govern.
To help data analytics leaders create this vision, here are 3 key recommendations that you need to clarify and articulate to everyone within the organization:
Describe your vision in terms of value it will generate the business and don’t use the words “data analytics” anywhere. Instead, use the business units’ specific language to describe the end result of your data analytics work. For example, instead of talking about a roadmap for measuring customer satisfaction, discuss the fact that if you could identify the last decision made before an ecommerce shopping cart was abandoned or completed, you could more accurately predict the future behaviors of other shoppers and intervene at the right time with those about to abandon the cart to provide an incentive to convert some portion into buyers. This insight may benefit the organization X amount of dollars. Similarly, if you could create a dashboard that identified all of the insurance claims that were not being processed because of inaccurate data entry into fields, this could save the organization Y amount of dollars. Talking in terms of real outcomes instead of discussing the how’s and why’s will increase the likelihood of not just initial funding, but long-term trust.
Be the brand & embody the parrot. Any new vision incites fear of change and fear of the unknown. Be ready to continuously promote the data analytics brand (give the initiative a name, give the team an identity, make T-shirts, do what you have to do!) and don’t stop until everyone in the organization can repeat the vision and recognizes your data analytics leadership initiative. If you can, make everyone part of the data analytics movement and send out helpful articles, podcasts, blogs and quotes so that people not only have ready access to materials, but experience your transparency and willingness to include everyone. Whether people take to this or not is immaterial–your effort will be seen as one of sharing and not building yet another silo.
Create a baseline understanding & expectation of each employee. Many people are scared of data–they see it as involving math or science and didn’t consider themselves strong in these areas. Other individuals see it as something that could expose them or replace them in their jobs. Other individuals have no idea and have never been exposed to it and some people are not very knowledgeable, but very curious to understand how it all works. The point being is that there is a massive range of understanding in the purpose and practice of data analytics. As a leader, your vision needs to include a baseline expectation for what all employees are expected to understand (and a plan to get them to baseline if they aren’t) as well as an ongoing expectation of data analytics knowledge required for every new employee (whether that is a pre-requisite or part of the onboarding process depends on the organization).Being clear in expectations and including definitions of baseline understanding of data analytics as a fundamental in your vision is imperative because goes to the heart of the organization’s culture. A culture that embraces data analytics is one that is guided by the scientific method of hypothesizing, testing and reporting in a continuous manner. One thing that data analytics leaders need to realize in charting the vision for your initiative is how much is this in alignment with the current culture of the organization. If the current culture is emotional, decisions are made based on personal reasons or gut reactions, then buy-in for your data analytics vision may be initially achieved, but the prognosis for long-term adoption is bleak.
Lastly, data analytics leaders should look to form relationships with trusted partners and connect with similar people in other organizations who are spearheading analytics initiatives in order to put together a support network of change. Adopting these recommendations will aid data analytics leaders in starting off on the right foot and setting yourself (and your organization) up for success.
We, here at Expeed, are focused on helping our clients understand the importance of Digital Transformation and how it is relevant to their businesses. Depending on the size and industry of your business, you could be at different levels of understanding or maturity on the Digital Transformation curve. Some of the Fortune 500 organizations understand the importance of this initiative and have been actively putting organizational structures in place to pursue their true potential with Digital Transformation, while a lot of organizations are either not paying attention to it or confused about all the noise in the industry. No matter where you are in the journey, we are committed to working with our clients as a trusted partner to make the journey as smooth as possible.
Digital Transformation is a multi-pronged approach; it needs understanding of where you are in your business, identify the opportunities with digital transformation, set goals, create a roadmap, and create teams that can deliver digital products in an agile manner. Your products need to improve the experience of customers as well as your employees. The key theme of your new products should be focused on providing an integrated experience–asking users to switch between multiple applications to achieve something is a thing of past. When it comes to your data analytics, it is imperative that it is not a siloed application available to only a few people. Analytics need to be part of the regular work flow of your employees and customers.
Again, we here at Expeed are committed to helping our clients in this journey. To deepen our understanding of the role of Data Analytics in Digital Transformations, and how different organizations and industries are approaching this initiative, I am attending Gartner’s Data Analytics Summit next week (March 5 to 8th) in Grapevine, Texas. Throughout the conference, I will be looking for answers such as:
where do certain industries fall and is it correlated to size of business on the Digital Transformation continuum
what are the opportunities available– especially for midsize businesses that exist
what are the risks for businesses if they do not embrace these trends that could enable even startups to challenge existing business modelsI will try to summarize my findings when I return from the event.
We are proud to announce our tenth year in business! Starting in custom application development, we have grown Expeed to serve a base of mid-to-large enterprise organizations that span a multitude of industries. Our business has grown organically through the years through only referral and we are grateful to our clients for their trust and recommendations.
To celebrate our anniversary and our strong foundation in providing digital solutions to organizations, we have put in new growth plans to further expand our service offerings. Expeed Software now offers four areas of practice to cover the continuum of business needs required to successfully compete in today’s marketplace. With the addition of our Digital Marketing and Data Analytics practice, we complete the full suite of services required to acquire, retain and grow customers while overhauling internal technology ecosystems to allow businesses to be more efficient, more agile and better able to respond to changing customer needs.
Many of our clients have been with us since the inception of Expeed and our work portfolio that we’ve created together is immense. Our client longevity exemplifies our core value of trust and we look to further expand our client base using the principle of people first.
We are excited to announce that we have added our support to The Ohio State University’s Big Data and Analytics Association as a Corporate Sponsor. With the focus on building the city of Columbus, Ohio into the national hub for data science, the Big Data and Analytics Association aims to support and further develop current OSU students into tomorrow’s leading data scientists.
One of the core values of Expeed Software is focused on fostering continuous learning and exploration. We believe in investing in not only our employees, but in our community and in our future industry leaders. BDAA provides a variety of education and networking opportunities to bring industry subject matter experts and students together to provide mentoring, networking and employment opportunities.
We are pleased to announce that Rao Chejarla, CEO and Founder, will attend the upcoming 2018 Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in Grapevine, Texas to represent Expeed Software. The Summit is an initiative to bring the mindset of data and analytics into mainstream business management practices.
Topics in the Summit include areas in which Expeed Software practices everyday including:
-making analytics and insight part of the DNA for every employee, action, business process and decision
-developing a foundation of business trust through data quality, security, privacy and governance
-building and executing a world-class data and analytics strategy
-modernizing your infrastructure and adopt new architectural approaches to support digital transformation
-leading by enabling the right culture, people, skills and organizational structure
-accelerating the adoption of new roles (such as chief data officer), skills, ways of working and data-driven thinking
Exploit diverse datasets, teams and thinking to innovate business models
-driving innovation through leading technologies — AI, machine learning, blockchain, virtual/augmented reality, IoT and digital twins
Expeed Software offers consulting and application expertise in the data and analytics topics that Gartner will cover in the Summit. You can follow Rao on his twitter handle at @rao_chejarla.