Data flows throughout your organisation in a myriad of ways that interconnect and impact all your actions.
Safe to say, its beauty is often measured by its clarity. The sooner you comprehend your data, the quicker you can take action.
Through expert data visualisation, you can effectively present large volumes of information in a clear and captivating manner, eliminating the need for excessive descriptions.
The Virtual Forge data visualisation services are customised to cater to your needs with the creation of precise reports and interactive dashboards, while enabling you to track key performance indicators (KPIs) that really matter.
Trust our data expertise to show you the insights your business needs
Whether you’re looking to make informed decisions on business-wide progress and performance KPIs, unify reporting across departments, or simply move away from manually produced Excel-style reporting, data visualisation offers the ideal answer to your unique business analytics needs.
Expert data visualisation consultants bring all of our skills to the table - from data ingestion and preparation through to visualisations - to help you turn your core data metrics into effective, efficient, and visually engaging data dashboards and reports.
Regardless of the maturity of your data ecosystem, some degree of preparation and/or cleansing is almost always necessary when ingesting the data to drive your dashboards. With a focus on best practices, our exports can identify and handle anomalies in data, as well as carry out any necessary transformations to get it report-ready.
Constructing the correct data model with clearly delineated fact and dimension tables is critical to ensure the highest degree of accuracy, performance, and scalability. Our data dashboards experts have significant experience in BI data model construction, and are ready to help you build the optimal schema for your data.
Across all modern BI platforms, measures are their lifeblood, whether it’s a simple aggregation, or implementing complex business rules. Most often, the functions used to produce these measures are platform-specific. With our cross-platform expertise, we can help you build your calculations quickly and efficiently.
With an understanding of both the cognitive underpinnings of how the mind best processes visual information, and the best practices associated with UX/UI, our data experts have an eye for the details that drive visual engagement. We know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that if a page is not right , it doesn’t matter how it looks, it will never make sense.
The Virtual Forge data team can produce layouts that drive end-user engagement and exploration by bringing all of our tools together to drive your project.
Looking to migrate from your current BI platform? Our expert team has extensive experience in recreating existing reporting in such a way that the platform-to-platform transition is seamless for your users.
By not having a streamlined and coherent visual presentation of your data dashboards, the User Experience gets affected, reducing the effectiveness of your assets.
The missing link you need might be in the form of a well structured Style Guide and Brand Guidelines. From the font size to a complete dashboard mockup design, all can be provided, allowing you to move quickly when going from design to dashboard deployment, and enabling your brand to be present in all your digital assets.
In the capable and knowledgeable hands of our data visualisation team of experts, you can rest easy knowing that:
Your reporting data models are built in line with best practices and aimed for the best possible performance. Your reporting data is accurate, clean and complete.
Your measures / calculated fields are both enhanced and accurate, developed with platform-specific best practices in mind.
By employing an intuitive design approach, the reports are crafted to captivate users and encourage active participation.The intuitive fashion in which the reports are designed ensures that end-users can effortlessly navigate through the information, promoting a seamless and engaging experience.
Your end-users are equipped with the knowledge they need to interact with and explore your core company KPIs.
Our global team of data experts demystify your data and turn complex information into clear visualisations. With over a decade of experience in industries such as automotive, life sciences, manufacturing and finance, our data visualisation and data science team understands the complexities of each sector and how to navigate them.
As a leading data visualisation agency, we partner with you to understand your data environment and your goals, leveraging the business intelligence tool that most organically fits in with your team’s requirements and workflows. Once we've worked our magic, your team will have a dynamic and visually stunning dashboard at their fingertips.
Similar to today’s world, a software development and data process is not an immutable force. It changes. It develops. It grows. At The Virtual Forge, we have an agile mindset that makes us capable of adapting to unforeseen circumstances.
Our team comprises seasoned professionals from diverse backgrounds, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise.
A team of creative and analytical minds leverage cutting-edge technologies and out-of-the-box thinking to deliver innovative software solutions. We’re always on the lookout for new technologies that can enhance our offer, helping our clients materialise their needs into new systems that streamline their business processes.
Embracing challenges is acknowledged by our experts as a common part of any custom software development and data journey. With unwavering persistence and confidence in our capabilities, we tackle every obstacle head-on. You can rely on us to persevere until we find effective solutions, ensuring successful outcomes for your project.
Quality is our core focus. Our team ensures high standards through rigorous quality assurance processes, thorough testing, code reviews, and continuous improvement.
Our track record is a testament to our reliability. Always by our client’s side, ensuring that nothing is left to chance. With our commitment to excellence, we pride ourselves on delivering dependable solutions that businesses can trust.
Business intelligence consultants thoroughly analyse the data flow within your organisation, considering end-user expectations for current and future presentation.
By leveraging The Virtual Forge experience with Data sprints, a cost-effective way is defined to quickly shape, test, and validate new data initiatives. These fast-paced and focused sprints utilise techniques and technologies to address data challenges or opportunities within days or weeks, rather than months or years.
After the initial consultation, The Virtual Forge experts thoroughly review the information gathered, including any provided sample materials. Further clarification may be added as needed.
Understanding the digital pipeline is critical to identifying where to focus effective action.
Understanding the human element of data processing enriches the data supply chain analysis.
Initial profile analysis of critical data elements to measure the scope of data quality issues.
Bringing it all together into an action plan to address high priority use cases with effective solutions.
We have the capability to deliver the best visualization solution for your technology setting. With our proficiency in various visualization tools such as Tableau, Power BI, Qlik, or QuickSight, we can work within various technological ecosystems and provide the professional assurance you require from your data partner.
Our approach is pragmatic. Our goal is the delivery of accurate and effective data dashboards that will integrate seamlessly into your existing operations and help reduce the cost often associated with the effort behind the manual production of traditional BI solutions.
Being agnostic when it comes to data tools has always been one of our most valued attributes. With proficiency in various technologies such as Tableau, Power BI, Qlik, or QuickSight, our experts work within diverse technological ecosystems and provide the professional assurance you require from your data partner.
Our approach is pragmatic and, in truth, very simple. We deliver accurate and effective data dashboards that will integrate seamlessly into your existing operations and help reduce the cost often associated with the effort behind the manual production of traditional BI solutions.
Our extensive knowledge in the manufacturing sector makes us a trustworthy partner for data-driven digital solutions.
The Virtual Forge team has more than 20 years experience developing custom solutions for Life Sciences clients.
We are experts in designing and developing data-driven custom software solutions for global brands in the automotive industry.
We can leverage our financial expertise to the most in-demand financial software. Our extensive range of customised financial solutions is specifically tailored to address the distinctive challenges faced by your business and sector.
The Virtual Forge is a trusted supplier of data-driven software solutions to Government and the Public Sector.
The Virtual Forge was approached by Magnaflux to make recommendations around their Power BI reporting on global financial data. As the global leader in non-destructive testing, Magnaflux have been a part of the world’s progress helping develop safer parts for cars, jet liners and infrastructures.
The time required to execute an AI project can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the problem, the availability and quality of data, the scope of the project, and the specific requirements. Some AI projects can be completed in a matter of weeks, while others may take several months or longer. It is crucial to thoroughly analyse the project requirements, assess the data availability, and develop a comprehensive project plan to estimate the timeline accurately.
If you are facing challenges that involve processing large amounts of data, identifying complex patterns, making predictions, automating tasks, or improving decision-making based on data-driven insights, AI may be a suitable solution. Consulting with our experts can help assess your specific problem and determine if AI is the right approach to address it effectively.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines that can perform tasks, learn, and make decisions. Machine Learning (ML) is a subset of AI that focuses on enabling machines to learn and improve from data without being explicitly programmed.
This can admittedly be a tough sell, and a barrier to adoption - no matter how you try to meet the needs of your entire user base, there are some who prefer their own self-directed analysis, typically based on large Excel-like tables. The good news is that, to some degree, all modern BI platforms support the generation of CSV or Excel-based extracts, up to and including the entire data model. In that sense, BI platforms allow users to continue exploration beyond the page’s visuals so no one is, in effect, left out.
Choosing a BI platform can be difficult, since on the surface, they all achieve the same outcome.
That said, your technology stack and data ecosystem will play a significant role in your choice. If, for instance, you are a 100% Microsoft business, we’d likely recommend Power BI. If you have a large Salesforce.com user base, we’d suggest Tableau CRM.
Often enough though, enterprises cross multiple systems and methods for capturing and storing data, so the choice often comes down to which platform is the most appealing, both in terms of visual output and capabilities, and price. At The Virtual Forge, we tend to stay platform-agnostic when entering a new situation in order to find the best fit that meets the majority of your needs.
Typically, most BI platforms offer some sort of trial period to “test drive” the tool. Some, like Power BI, allow you to create and publish dashboards and reports without any additional licensing, though at some point, in order to be able to easily share and collaborate, licensing will definitely be required. Once you’ve reached that point, the level of licensing will vary depending on the size of your intended audience, as well as platform-specific considerations.
In general, the answer is almost always “yes”, though to what extent varies by situation.
There’s always some degree of cleansing and preparation, though the scope of that effort depends on the maturity of the data in question, and the means by which it is accessed.
If, for instance, you have an established data warehouse, consuming data from multiple sources in a central location, it’s very likely that little to no preparation is necessary.
By contrast, if the sources are Excel-based and touched by many hands in the chain of control, or derived from web-based sources, then it’s very likely to require anomaly detection and resolution, and a high-degree of shaping to fit the ideal reporting data model.
While a data warehouse should be considered an integral part of any enterprise-wide analytics solution, it’s not necessarily a pre-requisite to be up and running on most BI platforms.
Modern BI solutions, to varying degrees depending on the platform, have incorporated at least some level of data pipelines, transformations, and cleansing, functions typically carried out in the traditional warehouse.
While the data warehouse is the more complete solution, these platforms are designed to get you started exploring your data quickly, which is great news for smaller businesses or teams where a full-blown warehouse isn’t financially feasible.
A dashboard is a user-friendly interface that displays critical information and data in a visual format (bar graphs, pie charts, heat maps, scatter plots, etc.). The purpose of a dashboard is to provide quick and easy access to key metrics, data, and insights that help inform decision-making and drive business performance. Dashboards can be designed to display a wide range of data from multiple sources, including real-time updates, historical trends, and predictive analytics.
Data Dashboards become essential by providing real-time insights, improve communication, increase productivity, and enable data-driven decision-making. They can be customised to meet the specific needs of your business, providing a single source of truth for decision making.
By linking dashboards to particular metrics or KPIs, you gain critical business intelligence and the capability to delve into specific pieces of information, enabling you to continuously track your progress.
There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question - it depends on the maturity of the data in question, and the means by which it is accessed. If, for instance, you have an established data warehouse, consuming data from multiple sources in a central location, it's very likely that little to no data preparation is necessary. By contrast, if the data sources used are Excel-based and touched by many hands in the chain of control, or derived from web-based sources, then it's very likely to require anomaly detection and resolution, and a high-degree of shaping to fit the ideal reporting data model.
Put simply, a Power BI consultant is an expert in the field with a situation-dependent, malleable role. Through years of experience on the data platform side, a Power BI consultant has acquired the knowledge to fulfill many roles: data modeler, visual designer, advisor, and trainer. Above all, a Power BI specialist has learned to listen to you, and to assume the role that best meets your needs.
Whether you're just starting out in Power BI, encountered a seemingly intractable problem, or simply need an expert to review your implementation, , and data models, Power BI experts and consulting services exist to help you meet your unique needs efficiently and with minimal investment in time and manpower.
Fabric is the latest innovation from Microsoft, with the aim of establishing an all-in-one, tightly integrated analytics platform. It encompasses ETL pipelines, data warehousing, AI capabilities, and visualisation via Power BI in a single scalable package.
Working with The Virtual Forge was a pleasure. The relationships that we build, quite quickly, led to a really lovely experience. The whole team was highly efficient, creative and tactical.
Working with The Virtual Forge made everyone enjoy being part of the project. It never felt like two separate teams, but just one big team. Everything felt natural, easy, even when there were challenges.
The Virtual Forge collaborates with several strategic partners to guarantee the delivery of cutting-edge services that meet and exceed clients' expectations. We are trusted by some of the most recognised technological brands in the world.
Snowflake positions itself as the optimal solution for organisations prioritising secure and scalable cloud data management. The security features of the Snowflake Cloud Data Platform, including encryption, access controls, and data masking, play a crucial role in safeguarding sensitive information during the digital revolution.
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