Jul 20, 2022

Data-Driven Decision Making In Software Development

The importance of leveraging data in order to take smarter decisions and build apps that are more relevant
Siri Kaliparambil
Siri KaliparambilTechnical Content Writer

We all have hunches and gut feelings. But just because you have a hunch something will work, doesn’t mean it will. If we want to make better decisions, we have to understand when and how to turn our intuition on and off. It only makes sense that the data you gather in one moment can lend itself well to evaluating future results. This is an article about what data-driven decision-making is and how we have employed it at GeekyAnts to create relevant and sucessful software applications for today’s digital age.

What is Data-Driven Decision Making?

Data-driven decision-making is more than having a feeling about something—it’s about fact-checking your hunches with data. While there's no one specific way to pursue Data-Driven Decision Making, it requires a combination of strategy and systems. The goal is to make decisions more informed, intentional, and effective. To be data-driven, you need to collect data, analyze it and make the right decisions. It can be your competitive advantage in a highly competitive market.

Data is the only way to validate a hypothesis. In order to make a decision, you must put your ideas into practice and collect feedback—data. Only by collecting data can you determine what works, what doesn’t, and why that may be so. The process of collecting data can be approached in a number of ways and depends largely on the type of organization you’re part of.

Benefits of Data-Driven Decision Making:

Here are some benefits that Data-Driven Decision Making in software development:

1. Streamlines marketing efforts:

Data analysis can be used to improve marketing efforts. It is important to understand the preferences of customers in order to understand the app and make the most of the marketing budget. 

2. Cuts down on operational costs:

Data helps us to find gaps in their operations that are cost-consuming and analyzing the financial performance also helps us to reach operational efficiency and find ways to streamline the development process.

3. Developing better strategies:

Data allows us to assess the demand of a digital solution in the market and invest only in prospective decisions. Analytical tools can help us forecast trends in the market and predict changes in consumer preferences and behavior.

4. Analyse competition:

We have noticed how businesses and organizations are increasingly turning to AI-powered decision-making tools to help in their marketing efforts. By analyzing competitors' products and services and conducting user research, we can better assess the potential of their target market segments.

Why is Data-Driven Decision Making important in software development?

Data is a new gold mine for businesses and can help us to make smarter decisions. That’s why it has become crucial for us to set up a structure that allows you to easily access and analyze digital insights. The management of digital insights has become more prevalent in companies around the world.  Data-driven decision-making tools and technologies are becoming increasingly popular, especially as we live in a digital era.  These emerging trends or patterns are crucial to know because they can lead to the discovery of new business opportunities as well as help us to create apps that are more relevant in today's digital age.

Data is a powerful driver of business performance, but it is the people who use data to make decisions that matter. One thing that we have understood is that digital insights are more than just numbers and statistics and that we have to be able to view them in context and ask questions that are not always obvious. Using digital tools to access visual data and measure performance will help us as decision-makers to identify emerging trends before they become disruptive forces in the industry.

Data-Driven Decision Making practices at GeekyAnts

Here are some ways using which we at GeekyAnts make data-driven decisions for better software products:

1. Defining the end goal:

The first step in any Data-Driven Decision-Making scenario is to ask ourselves what we are trying to solve by identifying and understanding our goals thoroughly. We do this before we begin collecting data so that we know what data to collect and what not to collect. We also define our objectives first so that we can determine how to measure success against them.

2. Analyzing and streamlining the data:

The key to data management and analysis is making sure that we have the right people involved in managing it. In many cases, this will be the heads of departments and responsible parties for key facts. The more accessible the data is, the more easily it can be interpreted by other stakeholders.

3. Visualizing the data into action points:

 Once the data has been streamlined and analyzed, our best minds sit to work to create smart strategies. The data derived from data-driven decision-making is invaluable and can help us to identify gaps in the product and any extra functionalities that can be implemented to elevate the user experience of the application.

To sum it up...

Data-driven decision-making is more than just making business choices based on assumptions, instead, it is the process of checking the viability and effectiveness of an idea based on facts and analytics derived from studying the market. We at GeekyAnts- Design and Development Studio have been using the approach in order to understand how to make the best possible decisions which will help us to create great digital solutions for our partners. We hope this article has helped you to understand how this approach can help us to make better organizational decisions that are also both time and cost-effective.

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