What’s All the Fuss About Analytics?

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Data is everywhere, hidden in plain sight, and, whether you’re aware of it or not, analytics is just below the surface. It’s in your Netflix account and your Google search history. It’s in the buildings you visit and the phone in your pocket. As we find ourselves in the middle of the information age, it isn’t all that surprising. The question is, how does it affect the environment you work in? Can analytics strengthen your facility, and, if yes, how?

Put Analytics To Work For YouThese are complicated questions that can vary greatly, but in almost every case analytics can improve facilities. The information analytics can generate is more in-depth and more impactful than the standard dashboard used to monitor different systems in your building. An alert triggered by a problem is just scratching the surface.

But let’s back up.

Picture your car’s dashboard. Can you see the warning lights? Some identify specific problems like the Low Pressure signal. When it turns on, you know right away that your tires need adjusting. Other lights are vague like the Check Engine warning. When that lights up, it doesn’t say what’s wrong. You don’t know how bad things are. The transmission might need to be replaced, or it could just be that your gas cap wasn’t screwed on tight enough.

The gap between those two extremes leaves a lot of room for wasted time and money trying to fix a problem that you can’t pinpoint. This is where analytics can shed some light. With the right systems in place, analytical analysis could see the warning lights and determine what caused them to turn on. It could also go a step further by developing an immediate solution and strategy to avoid the problem in the future.

It’s the same with a building. Analytics takes the multiple data feeds coming into your facility, weaves them together, and determines what they mean as a whole. It moves your facility from a reactive mindset to a proactive mindset simply by interpreting system notifications, predicting consequential problems, and developing ways to head off issues early.

This is especially effective in connected buildings that aim to integrate analytics and remote monitoring into the very core of a facility. We’ll talk more about them in our upcoming blog post What’s a Connected Building?, but the bottom line is this:

Your facility can be gathering all the data in the world, but if you don’t know how to interpret it, it’s not going to help you much. Analytics is the only way to move beyond the dashboard of warning lights and upgrade to a sophisticated system of maintenance and monitoring for your facility.

That’s where we can help. So if you think you’re ready for an upgrade, contact us. Or follow us on LinkedIn to stay tuned for the next installment of our Connected Buildings series.