Business Challenge: In a razor-thin margin distribution business this client’s CFO faced significant cash-flow challenges due to poor visibility to profitability, charge-backs and business health in general. The high transaction volumes prevented executives from access time sensitive financial data on a regular basis. As a result, making strategic financial decisions let alone tactical ones were greatly hampered. The cascading effects of slow performance prevented even the most basic of reporting let alone advanced analytics capabilities from even being considered part of their daily business routine. From a systems’ point of view, the queries were impacting SAP ERP, when trying to pull extremely large volumes of data for reporting. Overall, there was lack of a comprehensive Data warehouse and analytics strategy.
TekLink analyzed the desired business growth plans, current impediments, pain-points and current architectural and organizational limitations and proposed a comprehensive business intelligence tools & analytics solutions roadmap to help the client reach the desired end-state. A Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly approach was recommended to enable the organization to overcome technical, organizational, cultural and knowledge management challenges as they embarked on this roadmap to build a scalable and robust BI platform using BW, HANA and BusinessObjects tools to deliver value to the business.
The client executed the analytics roadmap and built a BW on HANA based Datawarehouse solution. One of the first initiatives was to implement BW HANA for COPA to successfully address the cash-flow problem. Automated financial reporting and improved visibility to details enabled improved organizational efficiencies and system performance. The comprehensive analytics roadmap enabled the client to build a robust platform to help take analytics to the next level.
Benefits: The benefits to our client have been numerous: