You may be wondering why we’re so excited to go to this years Heartland Developer Conference? We’re excited to be in front of people who are generating the data we can do so much with. The better the data going into a process the better the results!
Developers are the tip of the spear when it comes to data collection. With the evolution of technology people the data begins online. A developer who understands how to structure a data set that is actionable is worth their weight in gold!
An Example: Imagine you’re a health care provider who emails you the bill. If you don’t collect the email address of the patient you’re missing the point.
Now imagine you’re a health care provider who is collecting not only the correct basic information but you’re also building a health profile for that same person. If you collect the right data you may be able to predict major health issues that could be prevented with a timely visit to your doctor.
“Mr. Johnson our data shows you may be at risk for XYZ in the next year. Can you come in for a quick visit to make sure we get a head of it?”
– The best doctor in the world
Data Hierarchy is the roadmap for success when it comes to working with data driven decisions. When you know the end goal you’ll be better equipped to make meaningful decisions along the way.
Sign up for our breakout session on Friday September 6th at 1pm below.
August 24th at UNO Justin Trowbridge will be presenting Data Hierarchy to Word Camp Omaha. Justin will be leading off the Developer presentation series for the weekend.
You might be thinking “Why Word Camp? Isn’t that for web developers?”. You’re 100% right. The “tip of the spear” for data for the majority of companies is web based. The information that comes from a website, an app, or a software solution is what builds the foundation for data science work.
Developers tend to make really good data scientists. They understand programming languages and how to “fix” something that may not work the first time.
Lastly, when developers are bidding a job in direct competition they can charge a premium for a data component. So imagine being able to deliver even a basic level of data analysis as part of your deliverables.
Part of the discussion will be to connect developers to our Data Science Academy. Our Academy is the first step to allow a developer to enter the world of working with Data.
Hemp Batch Tracker is a tracking solution, powered by CAN, that combines a robust platform, data structure, rapid reporting, and the flexibility to meet the needs of a changing environment.
Hemp Batch Tracker is also positioned to be the “middle ground” for the producers and the regulators in Hemp. The solution will offer a law enforcement portal to help identify highly regulated cannabis and largely de-regulated hemp. This will help reduce the strain on law enforcement as they police a new industry.
If you or someone you know is in the Hemp space and would like to talk to CAN about what we can do for them, please send them our way!
Justin Trowbridge, our Business Development Officer, will be presenting Data Hierarchy at this years Word Camp Omaha.
We see this as an opportunity to help developers and companies start the road down data driven decisions. Developers are the tip of the spear when it comes to data collection. By exposing developers to the concepts of Data Hierarchy they can build stronger data sets for future use.
Going a step further web designers/developers tend to make great data scientists. With our Omaha Data Science Academy they have the ability to add to their core competencies. In a competitive field the difference is in what you can deliver.
A designer who can deliver a strong data minded solution and then execute the analysis is worth their weight in gold to a company just getting started with Data.
The conference is August 24th & 25th at UNO’s Mammel Hall. More information about Word Camp Omaha and ticket sales through the button below.
Contemporary Analysis has been working on our solution Inventory Batch Tracker for the bulk of 2019. During the marketing phase we realized there was an opportunity to (potentially) be the first to market with a Hemp/CBD specific tracking solution.
Over the course of the last few months we’ve had conversations with groups in Montana, California, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Tennessee, and even the DEA about our Hemp solution. Our goal is to provide a solution that supports the producers, manufacturers, consumers, and law enforcement efforts around commercial Hemp.
Commercial hemp is forecast to be a 20 Billion dollar industry by 2024. The applications for hemp products are almost too numerous to count. We’re excited to hear overwhelmingly positive feedback from the groups so far.
Justin Trowbridge, Business Development Officer for CAN, will be speaking AIM’s Heartland Developer Conference. During the Friday breakout session he will be going over Data Hierarchy.
We launched the series on our Blog and have the E-Book available here. Data Hierarchy helps frame the bigger picture for people who don’t work with the data day to day. By helping the C-suite understand the bigger picture the support and expectations are in line with deliverables.
Companies who follow Data Hierarchy principles can do more with their data with less wasted effort. This increases the ROI and helps reinforce making data driven decisions.
In keeping with the mix of humor and high level concepts the breakout promises to be a great Friday afternoon session.
If you’ve gone through all 6 of the levels of Data Hierarchy hopefully you see exactly why it’s important to do these steps. So much of each step is contingent on the previous steps. Poor execution of one step can compound issues down the line.
If you remember in the first part of this series the goal of Data Hierarchy is to see the distant goal. The goal that might even be over the horizon from where you stand today. The codependency of the levels will always be there, but their functions are all dependent on the base data set.
Now for the mind- blowing part of this whole series. …take a deep breath…you may even want to sit down for this. Ready? Yes, the steps are codependent…No, you don’t always have to do them in order.
Think of it like building a house. You have to pour the foundation before you put the shingles on the roof. There’s just no getting around that. But, when you’ve got the framing in the house you can work in one room for a bit and then shift focus if needed.
So when the company who cut your marble countertops, because you’re worth it, was loading them onto the truck and slipped and broke into 1000 pieces. You don’t stop building the house while a new slab is quarried in Italy, you work somewhere else. You can hang cabinets without a countertop, you can tile a bathroom, you can start the landscaping early. All of which move you toward a fully built house without cutting serious corners.
Picking and choosing which sub-project to work on without skipping an essential part of the process is part of the long term plan. The Data Hierarchy is a 6 tier concept. However, in execution this could be 60 smaller projects, it all depends on what you’re trying to accomplish.
This is why it’s important to find someone to help develop your data vision. Someone who has been there before. Executed hundreds of projects, stood up multiple data science teams. Someone who’s website is www.canworksmart.com for example. (Shameless plug!
All joking aside, we are here to help and be with you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn what we can accomplish together.
About Contemporary Analysis (CAN):
Having a third party partner who can hold your hand through this trying process is unbelievably helpful. With most of these levels, it takes 10 people to build it, but only 2 people to run it long term.
Additionally, one of our key roles is to fill in a company as they move through the process is the “Data Visionary” role. This role helps you see over the horizon and provides strategy of that vision. It needs to be an employee at some point, but not at first. These individuals are hard to find and even harder to keep. CAN has the ability to fill this role while the initiative is still new and vulnerable. We have no desire to retain it, however. Our goal is to, at the appropriate time, train an individual and transition all of the IP, the leadership, and the know-how to an internal champion–someone who fits the culture and the design of the particular company. Because, in the end, the hardest part of this whole process is getting the decision makers in an organization to embrace the culture of change.
“We’ve done it this way for X years.” Is becoming the leading indicator of a dying business. If you’re 40 years old the technology available today wasn’t even conceptualized when you were in grade school. “We’ve done it this way for 40 years…” means you’re already behind the curve.
So, how do you start, and when? Now–Yesterday actually. You can’t wait any longer. And with a phone call to us. We want to help. We were built for it.
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