Lost in Data Land : How Searching and Retrieving Information Can Siphon Your Budget

The time wasted retrieving and managing information within an organisation adds an often unexpected stealth cost to operations.

The costs of not finding information can be enormous, but it is usually hidden within an organisation and rarely perceived as having an impact on budget or operational efficiency.

Individuals using mind mapping software have found a way to combat the growing costs of information overload by utilising business maps to organise their project and work information.

The dashboards allow you to quickly capture information from anywhere, organise it, and share it with others.

The savings occur on many levels. First, you can quickly search or filter your dashboards to find information within seconds.

You control how much information is displayed at any one time, helping you to focus on the information that matters most. Working visually also has its advantages.

Team members quickly grasp what's important and expected of them, and documentation can be organised in such a way that allows individuals to drill down to the important sections instead of ploughing through unnecessary documents.

Mindjet's global productivity survey has reported that over six-and-a-half hours on average is spent each week on information-management related activities.

Education professor Michael Ruffini said; "Because we live in an information-based society, the amount of content available for any given area is overwhelming.

Creating visual representations of such complex, interrelated information just makes it all so much easier to communicate and to understand.

You put everything into the map and suddenly you can see how all the pieces fit together. It just makes sense."

Mindjet makes software that helps people visualise and use information. Its product enables individuals and teams to work smarter, think creatively, and save time every day.