Our future for businesses! It’s an exciting and engaging title, right? Because it relates to something we try to predict every day at work. That’s business development and what the customer demands. The second guessing is never going to stop. We may have a more aligned prediction in future but no one really knows what’s going to tackle our companies next. So, the total population in the world is 7.210bn and 3.010bn of those people are online users. That’s crazy and that’s growing every day. With that evolution creates a complete adaptation to the expectations of businesses and it’s our mission to adapt and reform ourselves to fit this digital transformed world. Everything is in high demand and expectations are more than they ever have been for today’s organisations. People don’t want to have to travel to the shops to buy their food, or wait two weeks to get a letter in the post. They want it within a single phone call, or by simply pressing one button on their smartphone. We are still learning and working to adapt and nail this change so as to take advantage of this new demand. Companies can’t stay the same, internal processes can’t stay the same, and even the employees can’t always stay the same (sorry guys)! Like many I have been working through this change and I have taken part in understanding how companies have mastered evolving to this change. With a higher demand, stronger systems need to be put in place because our systems are core to developing and producing our work. Everything has to be recorded and kept, and information cannot be lost. From the board meeting notes to the monthly sales forecast everything needs to be documented! This information can’t be stored in your brain or your spiral bound notepad. It’s not going to happen. If you can store it in your head get in contact because Dominic O’Brien wants his brain back (he’s the world memory champion, in case you’d forgotten)! Joking aside it’s not possible. You need reliable and user friendly systems in place in order to work and deliver at your best. This should be your foundation conversation when refining or restructuring a business. But what software best fits the job? Here are the pieces of software that I would recommend. 1. QlikView: Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation Software QlikView from QlikTech is a powerful business intelligence software suite suited to businesses of all sizes, from SMBs through to large scale global enterprise users. Its app-driven model allows for a truly collaborative experience across desktop, mobile and social channels. 2. Adaptive Insights: Corporate Performance Management and Business Intelligence Software This well respected suite of business perofrmance tools allows for at-a-glance access to all manner of visualised key performance indicators through its expertly realised set of dashboards. It is also one of the foremost business budgeting software systems on the market today. 3. Tableau: Business Analytics and Intelligence Software A well respected software as a service (SaaS) based cloud provider of high end analytics solutions for modern businesses. Tableau’s strength is in data visualisation streams and can be incredibly useful for in depth analytical reporting.