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The main driver behind the ‘Ice Cube’ [OLAP cube] was getting financial information on the ice, in a compact format that could be accessed locally, instead of remotely over their slow satellite datalink.
As Greg Jack, Information Services Team Leader from Antarctica New Zealand says:
“We wanted to look at our actual expenditure versus budget expenditure at any time, to see how much we’d spent for the year and how much we had left. We need to plan our budgets a year ahead to ensure most supplies are on the annual ship. [Prior to this project] Remote access to this information in Antarctica was painstakingly frustrating because it is hosted in Christchurch - we have a slow satellite datalink down there.”
With power of Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services information could now be accessed in an accurate, user friendly manner, eliminating the manual collation of information. As Brad Phillips, Accountant from Antarctica New Zealand says:
“Budget managers would request an update on their budget versus expenditure. I had to collate a spread sheet which involved the laborious task of cutting and pasting data from different places. By the time I’d finished it might be half way through the following month and the information would be out of date.”
More details: http://www.intergen.co.nz/Our-Work/antarctica-new-zealand/\