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Our client is one of the largest equipment rental companies in the world whose customer base includes construction and industrial companies, utilities, municipalities, and homeowners.
Our client was embarking on the initial deployment of their first enterprise data warehouse (EDW) with Teradata. This effort was on a very aggressive EDW and Business Intelligence deployment schedule. While planning this effort they realized that there were significant skill, organization and technology alignment gaps at the client. To address these needs they were looking to drastically change the way they use information to manage their business. They also wanted to leverage the investments in both Teradata and Cognos technologies to help enable their new information strategy. In addition, they wanted to ensure that they are making the right development choices up front to maximize the return on their technology investments.
HARKEN DATA’s approach to the BI Strategy project included multiple components documented in our proven strategy methodology. The Information/BI analysis phase was necessary to gain a knowledgeable understanding of the business needs, BI architecture and current delivery methods. In addition, this phase determined information gaps and drove the framework for the strategy project plan and BI Workshop interview sessions.
HARKEN DATA conducted information sharing sessions with key business stakeholders to address all functional gaps not identified in the Information/BI Needs Analysis phase. The BI Workshop also served as an educational opportunity for the identified business stakeholders by providing them with an overview of functionality available through the client’s Cognos tool suite. This provided the stakeholders with an overview of the functionality available to them so they can begin to identify how the available BI functionality can be leveraged to empower them. HARKEN DATA also provided a structured framework for aligning user’s needs/wants with current Cognos capabilities and provide clear and concise recommendations.
The Systems Analysis phase of the strategy project evaluated the existing project architecture and infrastructure supporting the current Cognos deployment. This evaluation compared the user’s functional and delivery needs to the Cognos environment’s capabilities as well as the supporting hardware. The comparison identified existing gaps and provided a recommended roadmap for scaling the BI environment to meet future needs.
The final strategy document collected the necessary inputs to ultimately provided targeted recommendations. This document provided detailed guidance, enabling the client to realize immediate and future value on their BI investments
Benefits Client Received
This strategy engagement provided the client with the appropriate technical and organizational guidance necessary to realize immediate and future value from their investments. Specific examples of this are: