The Potential ROI of Using GoCanvas to Improve Your Data Collection

By matthew bubna-litic on November 18, 2013

‘If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”

This old adage points out how difficult it is to manage something without measuring it’s performance. If you can’t determine which areas of your business are not working efficiently, how can you start improving them? So, what is needed to measure our business? The answer is simple – data. 

Data collection is an integral part of any business. You’d be hard pressed to find any successful organisation that does not collect data. However, success means more than having the data. How we collect it is just as important. Paper worked, but the best companies are choosing to go mobile.

 Faster, more accurate, and cheaper? Going to mobile forms seems like a no brainer, but choosing the right one is critical. Companies can spend tens of thousands of dollars collecting data, but if you can’t organize it and use the data? That money disappears down the drain.

 Here are three major considerations in determining the return of investment GoCanvas can deliver for your business

 1. Accessibility

An organisation could capture every single piece of data, but if it can’t be accessed easily, it’s just wasting space. There are a number of ways you might want to store your data. Perhaps you want to send your data in an email attachment. You could prefer to manage it on a cloud-based website. Or perhaps you want to integrate with your own backend system so that the data feeds into your database automatically.

 Whichever method suits your business, GoCanvas not only provides these options, but also makes it easy to implement. Customized PDF attachments, cloud storage, or API webservices, we have options to accommodate your needs.  These options not only make your data more accessible, but also easier to use.

 2. Ease of use

When choosing a solution, you have to consider who will be using the software. If it’s too complicated or confusing, it’s unlikely to get off the ground. Great solutions combine ease with functionality.

 GoCanvas provides many tools to make collecting data a breeze. Drop down menus, checkboxes, even prepopulating fields with your own reference data are just some of the many ways. With a press of a button, you can include GPS locations, pictures, even barcode scans! We believe data collecting should be easy not a drain on your business. By making data collection quick and easy, your employees can spend less time entering  data and more time doing their job.

 3.  Data re-entry

With the technologies we have access to today, data should never have to be filled in twice. Copying information from one place to another is tedious and costs your business money and time.

  A cloud based solution, like GoCanvas, gives businesses a tremendous advantage. Once you collect data, it can be pushed to the cloud instantly. From there you can send it wherever you need it. No more waiting for forms to return to the office to be typed into the system. No more squinting over illegible handwriting, or hours spent trying to correct errors.

 GoCanvas removes the need for data entry, so your workers can focus on growing your business. Perhaps you can hire more inspectors, or move an office worker to the field. Even better, you can make better decisions about your business in real time. Not only do you save money, but also protect your brand. It shows that you are an efficient organization, with impeccable service. Saving money and looking sharp? Sounds like a deal to me.

 Is it time for you to upgrade your data collection system? Sign up for a free 30-day trial with GoCanvas and see firsthand how improved data collection can benefit your business.