Data is a key component of any business. The information you gather can be used to make important decisions, connect with new customers, and even show off to investors. But what do you do when you have multiple sources of data? How can you combine data from all your data sources into a useful data visualization?
You need a data integration tool.
Why Isn’t Our Data All In One Place?
There are a lot of reasons your company’s data isn’t all in one place.
The biggest reason? You use a lot of different software to run your business operations.
Your firm might use software for accounting, CRM (Custom Relationship Management), BI (Business Intelligence), support tickets, project management software, website content, website traffic, website shopping cart, payments, sales… and more.
Not only are these all separate platforms and don’t talk to each other well—they aren’t even built on the same technology! And this makes it hard to get an accurate picture of how your business is doing from one place.
In The Past…
In the past, people would go to each different data source, log in, then copy and paste the data into their chosen report preparation program. As you can imagine, this takes many hours of valuable staff time. And you have to repeat the process every time you want to create the report again.
How Does a Data Integration Tool Work?
Data integration is the process of combining data from multiple sources into a unified document, report, or presentation. A data integration tool works to make this process easier for you by allowing you to combine data from multiple sources into a single document or presentation quickly and easily.
This makes it easier for users to work with their data because they don’t have to go back and forth between multiple locations trying to find what they need.
Recommended Data Integration Tool – DataPoint
DataPoint is the ultimate tool for data integration and visualization.
Our software was created over 25 years ago as a data integration and visualization tool. DataPoint has been continually refined and features added over the years and today, it supports data integration of 1,000s of data sources.
Presenting your data is important, but it’s also crucial to be able to visualize it in the right way so that your audience will understand what they’re looking at. That’s why DataPoint works as an add-in to PowerPoint—a tool most offices already have and know how to use.
Our data integration tool allows you to create live KPI dashboards, unified reports combining data from multiple sources, and automatically updated presentations with the latest data.
This is all possible because of our advanced technology, which lets you easily connect to all of your favorite platforms and bring in the information you need for your business. The best part? You don’t have to be an expert programmer or analyst—you just need a way to get started!
How DataPoint Integrates Data
DataPoint is the easiest way to turn your data into PowerPoint presentations. No matter if you have separate data sources like Google Analytics, accounting software, CRM, or social media accounts, DataPoint will help you connect them all so that your presentations are always up to date.
The magic happens when you connect your data sources with DataPoint: it will automatically update your PowerPoint presentations in real time! All you need to do is specify how often you want the updates to occur and what kind of information should be displayed in each presentation.
Each text box, image, chart, table, and other elements in PowerPoint can be connected to live data using DataPoint.
DataPoint makes it easy to turn numbers into meaningful information for your audience. You can choose from a variety of graphs and charts, tables, infographics, and even meters! And once you’ve created an awesome presentation with DataPoint, there are many ways for sharing it with other people: as a slide show, video files, a PDF document or even using mail merge.
Data Integration Tool Case Study: SG Nordic
We’ve worked with some of the most innovative companies in their industries to help them get started with data integration tools, and we’re always excited to share their stories.
Here is a real-life case example from one of our clients who have successfully implemented our data integration tool:
SG Nordic is a private real estate company with offices in Denmark and Israel. They have a lot of data, but it’s everywhere: spread across multiple sources from both countries, including:
- an enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform (Denmark)
- various excel databases (Denmark)
- business intelligence (BI) software (Israel)
- more excel databases (Israel)
Previously pulling all the data together from multiple sources was a laborious process fraught with errors.
The source data came from multiple sources, and each source had its own format and structure. This meant that the data could only be integrated manually. Each time a source file needed to be updated, an analyst would have to manually update all other files in every other source. It was an inefficient and error-prone process.
So they looked for a data integration tool that would create synchronization between all files and data sources so that when one source is updated – the other sources will be automatically updated.
The tool they decided on was DataPoint.
Here is a flow chart showing how they used DataPoint as a data integration tool:
Once you have your data integration complete, you can output your data in all the formats supported by PowerPoint plus some additional options only added by DataPoint.
Once you have your data integration complete, you can output your data in all the formats supported by PowerPoint plus some additional options only added by DataPoint. This includes:
- PowerPoint presentations
- PowerPoint slideshows
- mail merged presentations and reports
- mail merged videos
This makes it incredibly easy to get your information out there and share it with your colleagues and clients.
Get Started and More Help
Get started by downloading a free trial of DataPoint.
Are you struggling with data integration? Do you need help with a project?
Reach out, and we’ll be happy to help.