Why The World Needed Yet Another iPad Google Analytics Tool

The App Store is stuffed with iPad Google Analytics tools. Why did we create another one?

Because most of them suck.

Dash - for iPad Google AnalyticsYou deserve a great app. One that knows what you want. One that gives you amazing tools you hadn’t even imagined.

Like customizable dashboards so you can see multiple metrics and charts simultaneously. An intuitive interface made even easier with a tutorial overlay. And the ability to create your own metric sets or leverage Google’s pre-built ones.

That’s what you get with Dash – for Google Analytics. Dash was built from the ground up for the iPad. It’s not a converted iPhone app. It’s from a company that makes a serious data reporting product — compared to the little guys making the other apps.

Learn more here or hey, just head right over to the App Store and pick up your own copy.



Government reporting: Windward and (Uncle) SAM

What do the Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have in common, aside from being known by their acronyms?

Hint — you’re reading this on a Windward blog.

Yes, these agencies all use Windward for their government reporting needs.

Government reporting made simple through SAM

A sample government reporting software template from Windward.
A government reporting software template from Windward.

We’ve recently registered with System for Award Management (SAM) so that we can continue as part of the federal government’s vendor system. As you may already know, SAM replaced and/or consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS.

And we still have a Commercial And Government Entity (CAGE) Code, which allows us to be a supplier to the U.S. Joint Forces. We’re also General Services Administration (GSA) and Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) certified, which means we can submit invoices and receive payment from the U.S. government via their secure web system.

So now you too can easily join the likes of local, state and federal agencies that use Windward. For more info, visit our government data solutions page.

Bonus question

If you’ve made it this far through a dull — important, yes, but stupefyingly dull — blog post, your reward is a one-question quiz.

Question: How many acronyms were we able to slip into this <200 word post?

Answer: 10!


The Top Ten Data Stories You Missed This Week

How important is it to take care of company data and report on it accurately?

Yeah, you already know the answer. But in case your boss needs a reminder about how critical your job is, feel free to share this hot-off-the-press list of Top 10 recent articles and blog posts.

They run the gamut but all have one thing in common: they show importance of “good” (i.e. organized, secure and accurately reported) data to enterprises, organizations and government agencies.

  1. Poor data management undermines business. “While most companies pay lip service to the need for data quality, few are taking the actions necessary to ensure their data quality is maintained and monitored on an ongoing basis.”
  2. What Data Do the Five Largest Tech Companies Collect?  “Baynote has created an infographic that shows the vast amounts of different types of data that is collected by the five largest tech companies in the world: Google, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo! and Amazon.”
  3. Data Quality Managers Learn to Market Benefits to Win Over Executives. “By tracking who uses the data at each step of its lifecycle, he’s able to better show off the value of his comprehensive data management plan.”
  4. HIPAA Violations Cost Health Insurer $1.7 Million: Lessons Learned. “WellPoint, Inc., the second largest U.S. health insurer, has reached a $1.7 million settlement with the Dept. of Health and Human Services as result of a data breach that exposed over 600k health records.”
  5. Data Should Be a Business Issue, Not a Technical Issue. “Asked how an organization justifies the role of a CDO, Faria said that it’s a matter of common sense, as for most companies data has become a critical asset to creating value.”
  6. Big data analytics spend rises as firms cosy up to customers. “Overall spending on enterprise software is due to grow by 6.4 percent this year to $304bn compared with 2012, and by 6.6 percent next year.”
  7. Who Can Get Your Data Operations Up to Speed?Data is key for any business, whether it’s got two employees or 200,000 employees — it doesn’t matter, it’s incredibly important.”
  8. Majority of firms vulnerable to BYOD risks: survey. “Despite much discussions around potential risks brought about by bring-your-own-device (BYOD) adoption, most organizations today continue to ignore simple security measures and employee education to protect their business environment.”
  9. Eliminate a Common Spreadsheet Design Flaw. “When carrying out this most basic of data entry tasks, many Excel users often unwittingly cause Excel to be harder to use.”
  10. New EU laws would enable development of new standard for e-invoicing in public procurement. “Businesses will be able to invoice public bodies across the EU in a standardised way if proposed new EU laws are introduced.”

Do any of these lessons apply to your company? Don’t report on your data. Unleash it!