The digital age has been full of surprises throughout the entirety of the developed world, but there has been one major technological advancement that surpasses all others when it comes to improving the quality of life for consumers and the sphere of influence of businesses. The era of big data is upon us, and it seeks to make life and business alike easier and more efficient. This has had a tremendous impact on every business model under the sun, so much so that it will dictate much of your business model, even as the owner of a gym, for example. Here’s what you need to know about data in your gym.
Data is a potent tool in your arsenal, but a given tool is only as effective as its operator. Data is no different, because there are a variety of factors at play that can work for or against proper data collection, storage, and analysis. Planning for each of these factors from the ground up is essential if you want to take advantage of what data has to offer. Data management begins with coding, because you’ll need to account for a company website and an e-commerce app to provide your customers as many ways to sign up for a gym membership as possible. Each platform that customers can use to engage with your business represents another entry point from which data can reach your databases, and each one requires its own security and organizational considerations. For example, each e-commerce platform needs to be coded with the right web assembly in mind, as well as runbooks that complement that web assembly.
The internet of things (IoT) design philosophy has a finger in every pie these days, and so it will play a major role in e-commerce. This can prove to be advantageous in its own way, but it also serves to work against you if you mismanage it. For example, an e-commerce app can be designed to communicate directly with a variety of other systems, and this can allow you to automate much of your company’s data infrastructure. When a customer signs up for a gym membership on your app, that user’s information can be recorded and stored in your central database, and the transactional data attached to that account can be duplicated for your financial records simultaneously and automatically. This same principle can extend to data that is produced on-site, such as payroll for your staff, supply chain management, and more, culminating in a smart office that can help keep your data organized and accurate while expediting the day-to-day operations of your establishment.
Another essential part of the modern data infrastructure is cloud technology. Cloud storage speaks for itself as a means to store a greater amount of data, but it also provides a much needed boost to cybersecurity by effectively separating your data from the physical machines on your network. However, cloud computing takes things to another level and has become part and parcel with the big data economy. Cloud computing is a style of networking, first and foremost, but it’s also so much more. In addition to connecting devices with fewer restrictions than past iterations, it also restructures how a business network can function from the ground up. This can be incredibly important for processing your data so that it’s ready for analysis, because a business’s private cloud can share computational power, effectively making your networking one big supercomputer capable of crunching the numbers much more quickly and without bogging down any computer on the network.
While big data and cloud computing may sound like technobabble to the uninitiated and totally unrelated to your business model, these concepts are crucial for any and all commercial endeavors in the modern era. They can also be difficult for the average person to comprehend in the abstract, however. These tips can help you find your footing, allowing even your gym to adapt to the strategies of the modern commercial landscape.
Mikkie is a freelance writer from Chicago. She is also a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on interior design, budgeting hacks, and DIY. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing the little ones or rock climbing at the local climbing gym.
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