Data is everywhere and everything – for better or for worse – and the past year has made it clear just how important this data can be to businesses. But how can data be used for good?
John Karas, data product manager at Quickbase, uses data collected from customers to inform new features that solve the problems users experience on the platform. He understands the power of data, and how leveraging it unlocks potential for agility in all aspects of our lives.
As Karas recently shared on the Age of Agility podcast, agility means “having the people that are willing to change the processes and technology that you recognize need to be changed, with the urgency and capability to implement it.” When businesses see great outcomes, it means that these three areas – the people, the process, and the technology – are aligned, even when other macro areas of the business are struggling.
2020 has challenged professionals across industries to do more with data than ever before. As the world raced to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, “you had pharmaceutical companies trying to match up with researchers and join knowledge sets and kind of combine all this information,” said Karas, “So you’ve had the need of multiple people, multiple organizations needed to combine data to help solve a huge global problem.”
As these global problems have become increasingly complex and have infiltrated every aspect of our personal and professional lives, leveraging data to find solutions and achieve goals becomes more important than ever.