By Brian Seebacher, Vice President and CTO, Hargrove & Associates

Happy Data New Year2019 is well under way. The ball in Times Square has been put away, the confetti has been swept up, and the champagne bottles have long since been recycled.

But what you may not be aware of is the fact that a different sort of New Year's ritual is taking place right now.

The AEM Statistics community is currently celebrating the annual rollover to a new year of data programs. It's something that happens around the first of February, as member companies report their first activity of the new year. Critical metrics that serve as guideposts for your enterprise are currently being assembled. For some product programs, it’s business as usual. For others, 2019 changes represent major reconstruction. For all, however, it’s another year on a trend line that goes back decades, the story of this industry and the world in which it operates. 

So here are some highlights of changes coming for 2019:

  • Introduction of a new model classification system in wheel loaders
  • New reports for ag tractor retails in Brazil
  • Focus on process improvements for data audits, including a new member-led task group focused on data quality
  • New organizational processes designed to enhance cybersecurity and operational standards

This year also marks a major year in platform development and improvements in the iSTAT System, the engine that powers the data program. You will be hearing more from Hargrove & Associates in the coming months as we roll out some exciting new features to members.

None of this is possible without the participation of our member companies. If you haven’t already signed up for the AEM Spring Statistics Conference, please consider joining us in Tempe, Arizona this April to help guide this member-driven program.

Data is the lifeblood of the modern world, and the AEM Statistics Program is a unique asset that you can’t afford to be without as you plot your course forward. If your company participates today, you probably know just how valuable and transformative these insights can be. If not, we'd be more than happy to help you get the tools you need to make better decisions tomorrow.

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