The job of a food and beverage business analyst has never been simple, but it's gotten increasingly complex in recent years. The dramatic rise in the purchasing power of younger generations, coupled with the abrupt economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, has fueled a drastic shift in consumer buying habits.
To compete in this new environment, food and beverage companies have been forced to innovate on traditional development and manufacturing processes. Processing plants must ramp up production to get items onto bare shelves quickly and wind down operations just as fast when demand drops.
It’s a difficult job, but successful business systems analyst managers must supply executives with real-time data to bridge the gap between enterprise resource planning (ERP) and operational data. This way decisions are based on real insights, as opposed to mere intuition. When all these data points are tied into an enterprise-level dashboard, such as a unified operations center, decision-makers have instant access to a wide array of vital metrics.