ProMarket required timely and accurate reporting and analysis of key
such as sales, inventory profit by product category,spoilage, optimal order
quantities for each store and many more.
Our organization collects a large volume of information from different
sources, including human resources, financial ERP, operational software
at restaurants, printing operational data and specific software systems
which contain data related to persons with disabilities. Our primary business
need was to increase the efficiency of our management capabilities by
deploying a platform for managerial reporting and data queries which
linked all of our data in a single system.
As the company grew, Online Commerce Group’s data become so large that, without a new
generation Big Data Analytics solution, management couldn’t receive quality reports.
The fast growth of the company meant that Data Manager Paul Auen was unable to run
reports with large enough data sets to provide any real value to the business end.
“Originally, we could do reports manually, but as the data sets got larger, the reports
took longer and impacted the transactional database,” Auen recalled. “We were
constrained between keeping the servers running or making it available for reports.”
Plastic Jungle’s business success is predicated by its ability to move
faster than the competition. When the company brought in a new CFO
in 2012, he aimed to deploy a data solution that would match the
company culture. Speed, accuracy and agility were the key tenants for the
company data approach. “We wanted to make sure we didn’t paint ourselves
into corner by taking a traditional approach to data warehousing.” That
meant a solution that could grow to massive amounts of data, and allow
regular business users to work with data quickly without requiring a huge
investment that would leave them beholden to the product.
The organization has financial analysis needs in order to track KPIs in numerous operational areas.
The six-person management team needed a solid information reporting and dashboarding system.