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Process Tempo Insights

  • Phil Meredith

Why Do We Need Yet Another Analysis Platform? (YAAP)

Why would you consider Process Tempo when the organization already owns analysis platforms such as Tableau, Qlik, Alteryx, Trifacta, etc.? Comparing Process Tempo to traditional analysis vendors is not uncommon since the term analysis is so ubiquitous. However, Process Tempo takes a very different approach.

Process Tempo defines analysis as: the ability to search, explore, and enrich your data with the goal of discovering something useful about it. Analysis is about using data to make smarter decisions. Naturally, the other vendors can argue the same merits however our focus on the consumer of the analysis is what differentiates us.

Key decision makers are rarely coders, developers or engineers. They are executives, department heads, consultants, etc. Process Tempo is designed to cater to the non-technical user yet at the same time provide powerful analytical capabilities. Traditional analysis tools require engineers or subject matter experts.

Key difference: Process Tempo is an analysis platform that caters to the end consumer of data and not the data engineer.

Given this approach, Process Tempo naturally augments the existence of analysis tools - especially data preparation, data wrangling and ETL solutions.

The Importance of Connected Data

Understanding connected data, which is data that defines how parts of the business interrelate, is critical to decision making. An example of connected data might be: 'Department A' handles the 'Credit Process' which requires 'System ABC' which is installed on 'Server XYZ'. With this type of data, your ability to make decisions vastly improves. For example, are we sure we want to shut down Server XYZ?

There are likely many employees in your organization who would love to be able to analyze connected data or at least have access to it. Process Tempo exists because these fine employees are completely underserved by the traditional analysis vendors who largely ignore this type of data.

With connected data, we can help you analyze the potential impact of change through Impact Analysis. With connected data we can help you find where gaps exist via Gap Analysis. With connected data we can help you to spot areas of weakness or opportunity using Network Analysis. All of these types of analyses require connected data. Traditional vendors which rely solely on tabular data (ie rows and columns) simply lack this type of analysis.

We look at things very differently and consider data about connections to be critical bits of information worthy of greater introspection.

Support for Multi-dimensional Data

In order to make effective decisions, business leaders need connected data but this type of date is often multi-dimensional in nature. It does not fit nicely into rows and columns. Connected data is therefore largely inaccessible to traditional analysis platforms and in fact, largely ignored by IT. To get around this, employees turn to spreadsheets.

Despite an already massive investment in analysis platforms, organizations still spend a huge amount of time and energy attempting to run their business on spreadsheets. This is a clear indication that the business is still underserved by the current suite of analysis platforms.

An over reliance on spreadsheets represents a serious risk to the business.

If your organization is awash in spreadsheets you may want to consider evaluating Process Tempo. We were born to handle multi-dimensional data.

Data Harmonization

The concept of data harmonization is not a new one. Data harmonization is the ability to bring disparate datasets together under a single roof for the purposes of providing order and control. Businesses have been trying to harmonize data for decades by deploying Enterprise Data Warehouses.

The challenge with these data warehouses is they tend to be very rigid and difficult to maintain. To create flexibility, organizations break data warehouses into smaller pieces called Operational Data Stores. These data stores are then further broken down into smaller datasets to satisfy the needs of specific queries. It goes on and on. Before you know it, organizations become buried in these data stores. This is called database bloat and larger organizations tend to have thousands upon thousands of databases. All of this is due to the rigidity of the data warehouse and its reliance on rows and columns.

Faced with managing thousands of databases, the concept of data harmonization is lost. The problem worsens when the business turns to spreadsheets. Finding answers becomes the wild, wild west and to support this chaotic environment can be very costly to maintain.

Process Tempo provides a much better alternative. Our support for multi-dimensional data gives us a great advantage. It significantly reduces the need for one-off data stores and greatly reduces the demand for spreadsheets.

It is worth noting that traditional analysis platforms (Tableau, Alteryx, etc.) do not provide a modern data warehouse strategy and instead rely completely on a customer's current data environment. This is key difference between Process Tempo. Traditional analysis platforms live or die based on the wild, wild west while Process Tempo attempts to provide order and control.

Self-service Access

Finally, self-service access to data is another key differentiator. Process Tempo requires very little training and is designed with the decision maker in mind. Our simple, browser-based interface can be used by most anyone in the business. Our counterparts in the analysis world cannot claim this. These platforms require specialized skills and are designed for the few and not the many.

By providing simplified, self-service access to data, we drastically reduce the burdens placed on IT and significantly reduce the need for the Shadow IT processes that create spreadsheets and database bloat.

Self-service access to data not only reduces risk but also benefits the business by removing bottlenecks. Our streamlined approach means we can get data into the right hands much faster. It means we can help organizations make better decisions which will ultimately help the business operate with greater transparency and greater flexibility.

Our support for simple, self-service access to data is a game changer and is in complete contrast to what traditional analysis platforms can provide.


Process Tempo combines a flexible data warehouse, a friendly user interface and built-in advanced reporting and analysis features into a single platform. It offers true self-service access to data in a controlled and governed manner. It is "smarter decision making" bundled together into a single easy to deploy platform. It is unlike anything you have probably ever seen.

Process Tempo makes YOUR data organized, accessible and powerful!


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