Private equity real estate investment requires access to vast amounts of data to make informed investment decisions. However, this data is often siloed in disparate systems and spreadsheets, making it difficult to access and analyze the right data at the right time. This is especially true for the last-minute fire drill reports that are so common they are almost – but not quite – predictable. Quality, reliable data leads to good decision-making, but if you can’t put your hands on the data you need when you need it, you could miss an opportunity.

Having all your data in one location delivers five significant benefits for streamlining reporting and analysis processes and improving the accuracy and speed of decision-making.

1. Efficiency

When data is siloed, you spend a significant amount of time gathering and organizing it to find the right data for the right analysis at the right time. This can be a time-consuming and tedious process, leaving less time for actual analysis – particularly when you’re waiting for that one person who’s on vacation to get you the information you need. Having all your data in one location allows you to quickly access the information you need, without wasting time searching for it. This, in turn, improves the efficiency of the investment process, allowing you to focus on analysis rather than data management.

2. Accuracy

Siloed, disparate data introduces an increased risk of errors and inconsistencies due to the difficulty of reconciling data from different sources. Aggregating your data reduces this risk, ensuring that you’re working with accurate and reliable data. This, in turn, improves the accuracy of investment decisions and reduces the risk of costly mistakes.

3. Collaboration

With siloed data, it can be difficult to share information and collaborate effectively. With all your data consolidated into a single location, you can more easily share information and insights to arrive at better decisions and make better investment outcomes more likely.

4. Scalability

As portfolios grow, it becomes increasingly challenging to manage and analyze data across multiple systems. Centralizing your data makes it much easier to scale operations to manage larger portfolios more efficiently, without adding to head counts. As a result, your firm can grow its AUM while maintaining the same level of analytical rigor and attention to detail – and without increasing staffing costs.

5. Advanced Analysis

Having all your data in a single system allows you to employ advanced analytical techniques to identify patterns and trends in the data. This can lead to new insights and investment opportunities that would be difficult or impossible to recognize using traditional methods or with data pulled from multiple sources. Advanced analytics can also help you manage risk more effectively, identifying potential hazards and taking proactive measures to mitigate them.

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