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Unlock the Data in your Reports

Posted by Lou Grilli on May 16, 2019 11:07:36 AM

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Simple Steps To Make More Informed Decisions And Enhance Member Experience

There is a lot of buzz about big data and data analytics, but all the data in the world does no good unless it is utilized. Credit unions are behind retail and online companies in using data to make informed decisions. For example, if your forms, such as a HELOC application, do not have the fields for name, address, etc. already filled in for your members, that indicates that you are probably not using your data. You should already know this information about your members. Save them the hassle and give them the option of updating if necessary.

There’s so much more data than was available in the past that can be collected and used for purposes that can benefit the member. There are also better tools than previously available to aggregate the data to help decision makers. These two factors are bringing a wave of data analytics to credit unions. More importantly, it’s a matter of survival. Credit unions must take advantage of these opportunities to guide their sales initiatives. For example, the data can help you to decide who to target, like a new member who joined the credit union to access an auto loan, should be offered your credit union-branded credit card to maintain a sticky relationship. Or, who not to target for a specific product, like a member who already has your credit card but accessed a new loan, should not be sent another offer for the same credit card. Rich data helps you to determine who your target is for specific products and services, which helps to enhance your member experience.

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One of the stumbling blocks when using data to make decisions is getting the data into a format that is normalized and searchable. Unfortunately, most credit unions get reports from their processors, loan origination systems, core platforms, rewards program and mortgage provider in human-readable form, but not machine readable. The data must be uploaded into a database that can be used for data analytics or inputted into another system that analyzes it. Having a person type this data into a spreadsheet for analysis is time-consuming and prone to errors, and the volume of data makes this a near-impossible task.

Trellance’s IronSafe solution can extract the data from your static reports and with minimal effort, turn the letters and numbers on a page of a report into usable data. This data can then be viewed on a dashboard or uploaded into the fields of a database for use by another system, like Tableau or Microsoft BI.

If using data to make informed decisions and enhance member experience are on your list of priorities, ask us about IronSafe. Our data analytics experts at Trellance will be happy to share the capabilities of this data analytics software with you. Contact us and get the power to use rich data to guide your business decisions.

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Topics: Reporting and Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Visualization