Denver’s Most Trusted Data and Business Intelligence Consultants

Brainspire’s business intelligence consultants work onsite with our customers to understand exactly what questions you have and what answers you are looking for. The best and fastest way to understand your needs and provide solutions is to be “in” your business, bridging the gap between your business goals and your technical systems and raw data. Seldom does the “canned” report provide the detailed insight decision makers are looking for. Brainspire will work side by side with you to provide dashboards, reports, and analytics using the latest business intelligence, predictive analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques.

Data is everywhere and available to your business from a variety of useful, structured and formatted sources as well as from unstructured and rogue sources at times. For data to be useful and valuable it needs to be transformed into information your business can use for accurate, relevant, and timely insights. Those insights can then be turned into actions. Brainspire helps unlock the data available to your business and provides business intelligence services with a measurable return on investment.

Let Us Help You Harness Your Business Data to Make More Informed Decisions

We hear it all the time – “I know the data is in there, but we just don’t have access to it in a way we can make sense of it.” Most organizations collect and store significant amounts of data, usually more than they know what to do with. Both your internal applications and external sources of information hold key insights regarding:

  • customer trends
  • product information
  • operational inefficiencies and waste
  • marketing effectiveness
  • countless other metrics

Your employees could be using these things to improve your bottom line. Your stakeholders know your business best and which information that is most helpful. Brainspire’ s expertise helps you get this data, no matter where it comes from and present it in meaningful ways for your business to act on. From creating simple reports from a database to crafting advanced real-time dashboards from a variety of sources, we can provide measurable results that will drive your business.

Business Intelligence (BI) Can Assist with Better and Faster Decisions

Clearly, having fresh and accurate information helps business leaders and all employees make better, faster decisions. Sharing this information with others in a secure way is just as important. Too many organizations still rely on the “We Did This Last Month / Last Quarter / Last Year” report. Financial or operational period reporting is important, but is usually too late to be effective in identifying changing market conditions, spotting trends or addressing critical issues. Brainspire works with our clients to create solutions using analytics, reports and dashboards to monitor key metrics in real-time, helping businesses to spot critical areas of concern. Further, we create solutions designed to provide detailed answers to your most critical business questions through slicing, dicing and drilling into the data. With the right technology, there’s no reason decisions makers shouldn’t have the right information at the right time to make critical decisions.

The First Step Is To Make Sure You Are Collecting and Storing Your Data Effectively

Data within organizations is everywhere and owned by many. What starts out as a local MS Excel spreadsheet on someone’s computer or a SharePoint List grows quickly and soon becomes the most accurate source of truth within an organization. As others collaborate on this data, they begin to store local copies posing risks to accuracy, accessibility, consistency and security. In another typical case, data is imported from a 3rd party source and stored “somewhere” in the organization for application usage or reporting. As this data is combined with other sources, it’s challenging to manage and maintain the integrations and data sources.

As organizations grow and rely on data, these scenarios become costly and inefficient to manage and produce data integrity issues. Brainspire drives solutions to properly collect and store your organization’s critical data, ensuring both people and applications have the most up to date and accurate information available. This can be as simple as designing a new database solution secured “in the cloud” or on site; we also “wrangle data” and information from a variety of sources into a data warehouse to serve multiple applications or reporting solutions.

We Can Build or Support Your Database

  • What is a database? A database stores information in a collection of tables to represent logical organization and processing of information. Simply put, it creates organized data. The design can be “as simple” or “as dimensional” as your organization needs; it can be as secure or freely available as necessary, but the database solution should be logically organized to store data to meet the current and future needs of the organization.
  • Why is a properly designed database important? Storing data in consistent ways allows an organization to examine, analyze and present information in logical ways. Further, combining known information with other new sources of data allows an organization to gain new insights into their business. Most organization have “siloed” information – by department for instance. Consider this example of supply and demand: a retail manufacturing company wants to analyze specific information about “inventory” in the warehouse compared with current “customer demand” from the sales department. The warehouse department has the inventory numbers and counts, while the sales department has the items shipped and sales made. With the isolated information and lacking an appropriate database design, it would be challenging for the company to accurately compare inventory to demand. It’s a simple example, but imagine if this information was never shared across the organization. This is critically important as businesses expand into new markets, try to reach new customers or expand into new product lines. It’s also important to recognize that as most organizations expand, the information grows significantly and performance decreases across systems with a poorly designed data structure. A properly designed database will enable growth, meaning application and reporting queries perform at consistently high speeds, avoiding random searches for the information requested.
  • We can design and build data solutions to meet your needs. As a full stack, custom development firm, Brainspire designs, builds and enhances high performing data solutions to meet your company’s current and future needs. We are experts in data collection, transformation, storage and queries to serve both human and application interfaces.

For more information, go to Database Design & Development.

We Can Improve Your Existing Data Quality and Integrity

As companies grow, they collect and store significant amounts of data including 3rd party information. What begins as a clean system with proper data governance may fall apart over time as data integration increases. If your organization has acquired other companies or been acquired, merging data from multiple companies can create all kinds of data quality and consistency issues.

Data quality and consistency (or Data Management) is a challenging issue and includes:

  • Accuracy
  • Completeness
  • Data Update Status / Time Considerations
  • Relevance
  • Data Consistency Across Platforms and Sources
  • Reliability
  • Access to Data
  • Appropriate Visualization and Presentation of Data

It’s important to put data management in perspective. Quite honestly, it’s not realistic or cost effective to be 100% accurate with most systems, although it may be critically important to have the highest of standards when it comes to other systems (accurate data when calculating the re-entry angle when returning from space for instance).

Brainspire can help you solve your data quality and consistency issues and help ensure your data management going forward. Each client has unique challenges and will likely require some different approaches. However, there are some common approaches we recommend including eliminating multiple manual data entry by capturing data one time at the source, using drop downs for data collection, using required fields when collecting data and using proven ETL best practices when integrating data sources. We can even find and clean data through custom software and off the shelf solutions in most cases.

Let us know your challenges by Contact Us Here. We’ll be in touch shortly and you can learn a little more about us by visiting Data Cleansing & Integration.

We Deliver Reports, Dashboards and Real-Time Data

Quality Reports and Dashboards provide high-value and actionable information to the right people at the right time – if they are done well and tell a relevant story. Historically, many reports have done nothing more than clutter the inbox or waste paper because the data on the page didn’t provide the insights or information into the business that really mattered. As one of our customers once put it, “I’m sick of the useless ‘We Sucked Yesterday’ report.” He was clearly frustrated before we provided a new real-time dashboard for him to monitor his shop floor productivity.

Reports and dashboards (including dashboards that can be displayed on a mobile device) need to provide useful information from the data. It should tell a quick and compelling story about the business. Visualization tells a story by using grids, charts, graphs, colors, and trend lines to allow users to quickly assess the health of the business or emerging issues. The benefit of online and real-time dashboards is that users can click and drill into the details of the trends to gain deeper insights. Depending on your business, the “Internet of Things” and endpoint sensors now allows for real-time monitoring. This information can easily be incorporated into dashboards and business intelligence solutions for holistic insights and trends.

Check out one of our recent blog articles or Data Reporting & Dashboards for more information. Let us know your thoughts on what information you really need from your business by contacting us here.

Big Data Solutions

Much like “in the cloud,” Big Data is continuously mentioned in technology media and trend reporting. Yet for most business and many technology decision makers it remains an abstract concept when it comes to implementation and the business value it offers. At a high level, Big Data is a term used to describe data sets that are so large and complex that traditional data processing techniques are inadequate. When trying to capture, store, query, share, analyze, and visualize vast amounts of unrelated and unstructured data, new technologies, techniques and methods must be used. Advances in Predictive Analytics, Data Science and Machine Learning (admittedly also other buzzwords) are contributing to the concept of Big Data.

Most organizations don’t have a solid business case to make an investment in Big Data solutions at this point. However, some of the more compelling solutions involve genetic mapping, analytics for processing medical information, detecting vast amounts of financial data for fraud, or studying patterns in the spread of disease. The investments and successes of Big Data will become more mainstream as advances are made and resources become more available.

At Brainspire, we are continually investigating, researching and learning new ways to solve problems. This is what fascinates our people. Sometimes there are incremental gains in technology that are built upon a foundation, and other times there are big leaps that require solving problems in creative ways with new ways of thinking. If you have a business problem that may require a Big Data solution, we’d love to hear about it. We are actively looking for new pilot projects with our clients.

Data & BI Consulting - FAQs

What are database design issues and challenges?

Aside from poor design and planning, the issues and challenges with database design are achieving high processing speed to get the needed results, hard-to-follow design standards, and design conventions that are also hard to follow making requirements difficult to reach.

Do I need a database for my website?

It depends. If your website is static, it does not need a database. But if your website is dynamic, you will probably need a database to store all the necessary data.

Why is it important to plan a database before creating it?

It is important to plan a database before creating it in order to make it efficient to fetch and save the data faster. Good relational databases work in tandem with each other to ensure that the correct data is consistently available.

When would a database be more appropriate for an organization than using a spreadsheet?

The efficiency with which databases store information makes them suitable to handle volumes of information that would be unmanageable on a spreadsheet. Aside from a far greater storage capacity than spreadsheets, databases are also better for long-term archival storage especially for records subject to frequent changes.

Why is database design important before integrating it into an application system as a back end?

This is important to make data queries fast and efficient because this will be apparent in large data queries and for a huge amount of users using the same database. An efficient database design will also lessen the load of the system. Based on experience, it may be easier to design the database first (based on requirements). Data may include pre-existing data related to or imported for the project, as well as data entered in the UI.

Explore Our Areas of Expertise

  • Custom Application Development
    Custom Application Development
  • Data & Business Intelligence
    Data & Business Intelligence
  • Portals & Website Applications
    Portals & Website Applications
  • Application Integration
    Application Integration
  • Mobile Development
    Mobile Development
  • Cloud Based Software Development
    Cloud Based Software Development
  • Software Security Services
    Software Security Services

Custom Application Development

Brainspire Solutions creates full stack custom software applications that perfectly match your company’s needs. Why settle for out of the box software that doesn’t meet your exact needs when you can have a solution the precisely meets how you work. Our consultants drive the process for capturing requirements, providing an estimate, planning, architecture & development and solution delivery.


Data & Business Intelligence

Brainspire’s business intelligence consultants work onsite with our customers to understand exactly what questions you have and what answers you are looking for. The best and fastest way to understand your needs and provide solutions is to be “in” your business, bridging the gap between your business goals and your technical systems and raw data. Seldom does the “canned” report provide the detailed insight decision makers are looking for. Brainspire will work side by side with you to provide dashboards, reports, and analytics using the latest business intelligence, predictive analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques.


Portals & Website Applications

A company’s website is the world’s window into an organization and should accurately represent the essence of the mission, goals, culture and operations. Not only should it be appealing from a visual standpoint, it needs to function flawlessly from a usability and performance standpoint on a desktop, tablet or mobile device. Quality sites can’t simply function as digital brochures; they must attract visitors and engage new and loyal customers. This holds true for public sites, company intranets and secure extranet portals.


Application Integration

Brainspire develops software solutions to integrate your organization’s internal, standalone applications, and your applications with key external business partners. Growing organizations tend to rely on off-the-shelf software, software as a service (SaaS) and custom built solutions to drive their business – but rarely does the chosen, out of the box, software solution work with other systems within or outside the business. This lack of cohesive integration creates manual processes that are time consuming, error prone and expensive.


Mobile Development

Today, more users access the web through a mobile device than from a laptop or desktop computer. For this reason, it is critical that software applications are efficiently usable from a tablet or a smart phone for today’s workforce. As a custom software development firm, Brainspire leverages a variety of tools to build highly customized applications that function on countless devices. These solutions include native, hybrid and mobile web applications that can be used either when connected or not. Each business use case is unique, and the mobile requirements, and form factors, need to be considered when creating a custom mobile solution.


Cloud Based Software Development

Cloud environments offer the greatest opportunity for modernizing software applications while reducing costs and time to market.  Brainspire Solutions has developed and deployed web applications leveraging AWS, Azure and Google Cloud environments as well as private clouds.  The ability to quickly provision identical Development, Test, Stage and Production environments ensures projects get off to a fast start in secure and scalable environments.  Developing and promoting code within a cloud environment through continuous integration reduces development time and improves quality.


Software Security Services

Brainspire Solutions develops all software solutions leveraging industry standard best practices. This includes proven techniques to secure all applications and data. When we engage with each client we are fully aware that their business is at stake and realize the trust and expectations that are placed on our consultants when it comes to developing secure software applications.

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