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The three (or five) steps to mastering convincing presentations with Datanest

Whatever industry you’re in, you’ll know that the key to winning around any board room is presenting convincing numbers. In our line of expertise, those numbers have been representative of soil conditions, pH levels and elevation levels on-site — important data metrics that can decide the value of whole projects and greenlight multi-million dollar development deals. 

However, the ones you’re trying to convince, those who make all the big decisions, won’t always share your background or intimate project knowledge — so presenting your data effectively is vital. No matter what the information represents, it should tell a story that convinces your audience that what you’re showing them is essential. 

So here are the three (or five) steps to using the Datanest suite of modules to create convincing, data-led presentations. 


After installation (of course) comes the first module most industries use — gather. The genius of something like gather is that it allows mid-to-senior level managers to do most of the top-end thinking, while more junior team members can achieve the collection.

Gather allows users to essentially design their own app. Beginning with app editor, anyone can add as many fields or data collection rules as they need for a job. From taking photos to adding measurements, dates, samples, temperatures, or descriptions, you can build the journey you need your data gatherers to take, allowing enough wiggle room for any additional information they need to add.

Once your app is complete, you can share it with the team and even pinpoint the data’s location on maps.

These collection capabilities open up possibilities for many industries that rely on the accurate reporting of their onsite team to make future decisions, including the food service and transport sectors. 


Hub is the home of all your collected data, where you can review and edit everything captured by your team. The raw information gets processed into tables where it begins to form a bigger picture, with each sample becoming part of a comprehensive data set. 

From this central location, data can be reviewed and edited by more experienced eyes and used to form graphs, visual reports and representations almost seamlessly. 

If you’re currently using the limited functions in Powerpoint or spending money on graphic designers to manually add in information, then using hub’s graphic features should instantly prove beneficial. Obviously, there are time and cost savings, but you’re also working with a tool that’s built to understand and represent raw data powerfully. This means you don’t have to explain to others or guess how best to showcase your information.


Once you’ve created your convincing graphic visuals, the next step is crafting a presentation that looks professional and is captivating enough to convince your audience. The Datanest suite works with other applications, but it’s also designed for report creation as well.

Deliver allows you to design your presentation with multiple applications in mind, from phone to computer screen, and publish reports straight to email. You can add tables, graphic designs, and buttons from the media panel or bring in supporting video, audio, or attached documents. 

Additional features

The other steps aren’t always necessary in building your presentation but can help enormously, depending on your industry’s needs.

Maps allow you to collect and map typological features and outline areas without the need for a spatial analyst. If you’re reporting to a board in an area such as construction, forestry, conservation or city planning, having a visual representation of the site in question is a powerful way to communicate your ideas. Not only does it help everyone clearly understand the size and scope of the project, but it also gives the data a face, showing the sites from which it's gathered.

Maps can be recorded and used in presentations, along with other data sets. 

Evalu8 is a module designed specifically to test soil samples across thousands of national and international guidelines. This feature is particularly useful for fields that deal with site approval, such as environmental consultancies or geotechnical engineers. Samples are sent off to laboratories for analysis, where Evalu8 can then develop figures and information tables for reporting, along with other data collected in gather. 

For project approval, getting an accurate measure against existing guidelines is crucial, perhaps more than the data itself, as it makes or breaks whether projects go ahead. 

Contact us to book a demonstration if you want to know more about how the Datanest can be tailored to fit your industry’s needs or anything else about the software. Or you can get a free trial to find out for yourself.