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Analysis and Reporting

In today's data-driven world, the ability to make quick, informed decisions is not just an advantage - it's a necessity. You need to be able to turn complex data into intuitive and actionable insights, and use these to drive informed decision-making at every level of your organisation.

Methods Analytics is here to help you unlock the power of your data through the delivery of tailored reporting and analysis services, designed to provide intuitive and actionable insights for everyone in your organisation, from frontline staff to top-tier executives.

We understand that data can sometimes feel overwhelming, which is why our services are designed to break down barriers and focus clear, reliable and user-centric outputs that empower your staff to make informed and timely decisions that are aligned with your business needs and objectives.

Our approach is holistic, encompassing everything from data collection and analysis to reporting and data visualisation. Whether you're looking to optimise operational efficiency, explore new revenue streams or simply make better decisions, we'll make sure you have a full command of what the data is telling you.

If you're ready to fully harness your data as a powerful tool for better business performance, get in touch with us today.

Our analysis and reporting services

We offer a range of analysis and reporting services designed to help organisations across all sectors to transform the way they process, analyse and present data. Here's how we can help you:

RaaS (Reporting-as-a-Service)

To run a truly data-driven organisation, your decision-makers need access to insights. That's why we offer Reporting-as-a-Service, a scalable solution that extends across disparate datasets, siloed functions and busy teams. Through RaaS, we'll be able to deliver on your reporting and analytics requirements on your behalf, meaning you can have access to best-in-class data analytics capabilities without needing to invest in in-house expertise.

We can accelerate this process by integrating our skilled teams of data analysts, engineers and business intelligence specialists into your existing workforce. Specialising in Agile methodologies, we can roll out enterprise-wide reporting in as little as six months, and will work closely with you to align our analysis and reporting with your objectives.

Bespoke analysis & reports

For analysis to be actionable, it must be tailored to the specific challenges and opportunities faced by decision-makers. We engage closely with you to ensure we're asking the right questions of your data, delivering financial reports, operational reports, marketing reports and other analyses in a way that focuses on the specific information you need.

The analytical products we create are designed to have a real impact, and we present these through intuitively designed reports and digital solutions, enabling quick and easy decision-making. No matter what you need from your data analysis report, we will provide a bespoke approach that focuses on helping you improve business performance.

Analysis & report migration

If you desire to move your analysis tools or reports from one technology to another, we have resources who are experienced in multiple technologies. This enables us to both migrate instances of your analysis and reporting tools, and augment your team to provide mentoring and training of your resources, leaving them empowered to support your new technology stack going forward.


Power BI

Azure Synapse

AWS Athena

AWS Quicksight

What is data visualisation?

Data visualisation is the graphical representation of information and data. By using visual elements like charts, graphs and maps, data visualisation tools provide an accessible way to see and understand trends, outliers and patterns in data. The aim is to simplify complex data sets, presenting data in a way that provides users with a clearer picture of what the information reveals, and making it understandable, actionable and valuable.

Common examples of data visualisation include bar graphs, line charts, heat maps and pie charts, as well as interactive dashboards that provide a real-time, interactive data view of various metrics in one place.

The potential benefits of sophisticated data visualisation are considerable:

  • Enhanced comprehension: visual data is easier to understand than raw numbers, making it quicker to identify trends, correlations and patterns
  • Informed decision-making: with a clearer understanding of data, decision-makers can act more confidently, knowing their choices are data-driven
  • Time-saving: it takes less time to interpret visual data compared to sifting through spreadsheets or reports, allowing for more time to act on insights
  • Increased engagement: visuals are more engaging than text-based data, making it more likely for stakeholders to interact with and respond to the information presented
  • Data democratisation: data visualisation tools make data accessible even to non-technical users, fostering a culture of data-driven decision-making across the organisation

We specialise in creating bespoke data visualisation solutions that not only present your data, but also make it actionable. Our tools are designed to be intuitive, enabling staff across your organisation to unlock valuable insights easily. We aim to make your data work for you, transforming it into a strategic asset that aligns with your business needs and goals.

How to evaluate your analysis and reporting requirements

Determining the specific analysis and reporting requirements for your organisation is a critical step in establishing a robust data strategy. This evaluation will guide the selection of tools, allocation of resources, and the overall approach to data management.

As part of our analysis and reporting offering, we'll help you to understand this process:

  • Understand your business objectives: it's crucial to understand what your business aims to achieve. Are you looking to improve operational efficiency, enhance customer experience, or drive revenue growth? Your business objectives will dictate what the most relevant data you'll need to collect and analyse.
  • Identify key stakeholders: who will be the primary users of the data? Whether it's executives, managers or frontline staff, understanding your audience will help tailor both the complexity and presentation style of your reports and analyses.
  • Assess current data infrastructure: take stock of your existing data infrastructure. Do you have the necessary hardware and software to support your reporting and analysis needs? Are there gaps or bottlenecks that need to be addressed?
  • Determine data sources: identify where your data is coming from. This could be from internal sources like CRM systems and ERP systems, or external sources like social media, customer reviews and industry reports. Knowing your data sources will help you understand the limitations and possibilities of your data.
  • Define key metrics and KPIs: what are the KPIs that align with your business objectives? Defining these metrics will give you a clear focus on what data needs to be collected, analysed and reported.
  • Evaluate skill sets: do you have the in-house expertise to manage and interpret complex data analyses? If not, you may need to consider hiring data scientists or analysts, or rely on RaaS to help to compensate for any skills gaps within your in-house infrastructure.
  • Consider compliance and security: data security and compliance with regulations such as GDPR or HIPAA are not optional. Ensure that whatever tools or processes you choose are compliant with relevant laws and industry standards.
  • Pilot testing: consider running a pilot test, or generating a data analysis report example using a smaller dataset from a single department. This will give you insights into any potential issues and allow you to make adjustments before a full-scale rollout.

By taking the time to thoroughly evaluate your reporting and analysis requirements, you'll be better positioned to select the right tools and approaches that align with your business objectives. This proactive approach not only streamlines the decision-making process but also maximises the value you derive from your data.

The advantages of Reporting-as-a-Service

In today's data-driven world, having access to timely and accurate information is crucial for making informed decisions. RaaS is an innovative solution that provides organisations with real-time analytics and reporting capabilities without the need for in-house expertise or infrastructure.

Here are some of the key benefits:

Scalability and flexibility

Traditional reporting systems often require significant investment in hardware and software, making it difficult to scale as your needs grow. With RaaS, you can easily scale your reporting capabilities up or down based on your current requirements. This flexibility allows you to adapt to changing business conditions without incurring additional costs.

Expertise on demand

With RaaS, you gain access to a team of data engineers, analysts and BI specialists who are experts in their fields. This means you can leverage top-tier expertise without the need to hire, train and maintain an in-house team, saving both time and resources.

Real-time access to insights

In a fast-paced business environment, having real-time access to data can give you a competitive edge. Our RaaS solution provides real-time analytics, allowing decision-makers to act quickly and effectively. Whether it's identifying market trends or responding to customer behaviour, real-time insights enable you to make data-driven decisions on the fly.


Maintaining an in-house reporting system can be costly, requiring ongoing investment in hardware, software and manpower. RaaS is a cost-effective alternative that provides high-quality reporting capabilities at a fraction of the cost. You pay for what you use, making it a financially smart choice for organisations of all sizes.

Enhanced security

Data security is a top concern for any organisation. We employ state-of-the-art security measures to ensure that your data is protected at all times. From secure data transmission to encrypted storage solutions, we prioritise your data's security so you can focus on your core business activities.

Customisation and personalisation

Every business is unique, and so are its reporting needs. Our RaaS solutions are highly customisable, allowing us to tailor our services to meet your specific requirements. From bespoke dashboards to personalised reports, we provide you with insights that are most relevant to your business.

Seamless integration

Our RaaS solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing systems and processes. Our services can be easily incorporated into your current operations, ensuring a smooth transition and minimal disruption.

Continuous monitoring and updates

The world of data analytics is constantly evolving. Our RaaS offering includes continuous monitoring and regular updates to ensure you're always benefiting from the latest analytics tools and techniques. This proactive approach keeps you ahead of the curve, making your reporting efforts more effective and impactful.

By leveraging RaaS, you're not just improving your reporting capabilities; you're transforming them into a strategic asset that can function as an engine for the future success of your business.

Why do you need a new approach to analysis and reporting?

The approach your company takes to reporting and examining data can play a significant role in the future success of the organisation as a whole. Here are some of the key benefits you can extract by adopting a future-proof approach to reporting and analytics:

Real-time decision-making

Traditional reporting methods often involve time-consuming processes that can delay decision-making. A modern approach allows for real-time data analysis, enabling executives and managers to make informed decisions instantly. This speed is crucial in today's fast-paced business environment, where delays can result in lost opportunities or increased risks.

Enhanced data accuracy

Modern reporting tools and analytics platforms come with advanced algorithms and data validation features. These ensure that the data you rely on for decision-making is accurate and reliable, thereby reducing the chances of costly errors.

User-centric design

One of the hallmarks of modern reporting is its focus on user experience. Dashboards and reports are designed to be intuitive, making it easier for users at all levels of the organisation to interpret complex data. This user-centric design fosters a culture of data-driven decision-making across the organisation.

Automation and efficiency

Modern reporting systems allow for a high degree of automation. Routine reports can be generated and distributed automatically, freeing up valuable human resources for more strategic tasks. This efficiency can lead to cost savings and allows your team to focus on interpreting data rather than compiling it.

Advanced analytical capabilities

Modern analytics tools offer capabilities far beyond basic descriptive statistics. From predictive analytics to machine learning models, these advanced features can provide deeper insights into your business operations and customer behaviour. This level of analysis can uncover opportunities for innovation and growth that would be impossible to detect using traditional methods.


As your business grows, so will your data and reporting needs. Modern reporting and analytics systems are built to scale, allowing you to easily expand your capabilities as needed. This scalability ensures that your reporting infrastructure will not become a bottleneck as your organisation grows.

Data integration

In today's multi-platform environment, data often resides in disparate systems. A modern approach to reporting includes robust data integration capabilities, allowing you to pull data from various sources into a unified view. This holistic approach provides a more comprehensive understanding of your business metrics.

Improved collaboration

Modern reporting tools often come with features that facilitate collaboration among team members. Whether it's sharing dashboards, annotating reports or co-creating data models, these collaborative features make it easier for cross-functional teams to work together and derive actionable insights from data.

Regulatory compliance

With increasing concerns about data privacy and governance, compliance has become a significant issue for organisations. Modern reporting systems come with built-in features to help you comply with various regulatory requirements, reducing the risk of legal complications.

By adopting a modern approach to reporting and analysis, you position your organisation to be more agile, informed and competitive. You'll be better equipped to navigate the complexities of today's business landscape, making the most of the opportunities that come your way.

Our Approach

Our overarching goal is to empower your organisation with actionable, intuitive, and user-friendly analysis. We understand that each organisation is unique, with its own set of challenges, objectives and data culture. That's why our approach is tailored to meet your specific needs, incorporating four key phases: Discovery, Design, Deploy, and Analyse and Interpret.


The power of analytics is rooted in the efficiency of your current business processes, and the level of access and availability of the data within the scope of the planned analysis.

We respect the importance of knowledge and expertise within your organisation, and recognise your unique structures and ways of working between different divisions. As such, our work will always begin with a discovery and fact-finding phase to determine the complexity of your business, its data and the level of opportunity and measure of success being targeted.

The discovery phase allows us to connect with subject matter experts and business users across your organisation. This ensures that we're able to review the sources of data available, understand the current position of your organisation within its planned roadmap, and evaluate any gaps, potential barriers or limitations to meeting the full scope of work. This will allow us to get a clear understanding of the needs of every user, while making sure that our processes are fully transparent and geared to deliver return on investment.


After we complete our initial fact-finding, we'll be able to lay the foundations for our agile user-centred design process, which takes your stakeholders through hands-on, interactive wireframing and prototyping as we collaboratively design your future reporting.

We will work closely with you to understand the questions your teams are seeking to answer. We’ll build analysis and reporting iteratively, testing metrics and visualisations with users to ensure we’re meeting their needs, adding value and demonstrating measurable benefits.


Our teams are specialists at designing and rolling out Agile programmes and delivering enterprise-wide reporting in as little as six months. As a registered AWS partner and Microsoft Gold Partners for Data Analytics, we specialise in deploying analytics at scale. We can even supercharge delivery by augmenting your existing teams with our talented teams of data engineers, analysts and BI specialists.

Analyse and Interpret

Once the new strategy has been put in place, we'll carry out routine analyses to make sure that our new data reporting approach is delivering the correct impact, taking into account your requirements when it comes to data governance, ethics and methodological design.

This analysis can be descriptive, prescriptive or predictive as is necessary for the purpose intended. We can build in thresholds for action and use these to automate alerts as desired, whether using formal statistical approaches, internal organisational rules or external mandates such as regulatory KPIs.

Our purpose is to enable beneficial impact, so translating and interpreting data into action to drive change is our core focus. We are domain specialists in the sectors we work in, and we use this domain knowledge to support clients by helping them understand what the data means to them in the context of their challenges and the actions that should be taken to make effective changes.

We create carefully constructed narrative reports and data visualisations, as well as offering ad hoc responses to any questions your team might have. We'll put the analysis in context and deliver intelligence for decision-makers to act, enabling persuasive arguments for change to deliver impact.

Our Preferred Tools

In today's fast-paced digital landscape, the right tools can make all the difference in how effectively you can turn data into actionable insights. We rely on a suite of industry-leading tools to help us provide robust, scalable and user-friendly solutions for you:

  • Power BI: Power BI is a business analytics tool that offers interactive visualisations and business intelligence capabilities. This allows us to create easy-to-understand dashboards and reports that empower your team to make data-driven decisions. Its flexibility and integration capabilities make it a go-to tool for various data analytics needs. 
  • Azure Synapse: this is an integrated analytics service that accelerates the process of getting insights from all your data, both big and small. It provides us with the ability to query data on your terms at scale, and integrates seamlessly with various data stores while offering robust security features.
  • AWS Athena: AWS Athena is an interactive query service that makes it easy to analyse data in Amazon S3 using standard SQL. This allows us to execute SQL queries directly against your data, providing a quick and cost-effective way to extract valuable insights.
  • AWS Quicksight: this scalable, serverless, embeddable, machine learning-powered business intelligence service is built for the cloud, and allows us to deploy our services at scale, with the added benefit of more advanced analytics.

By leveraging these cutting-edge tools, we can offer you a comprehensive, end-to-end analytics and reporting solution tailored to meet your specific needs. Whether you're looking to implement a new analytics solution or augment your existing setup, our preferred tools provide the flexibility, scalability and performance you need to succeed.

Get in Touch

If you're interested in transforming your data into actionable insights, contact Methods Analytics today. We're here to help you make data-driven decisions that align with your business objectives.

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