Stepping into  BI, DrivingBetter Decisions    David Surtees      Director of Information Services HUSCO International Wauk...
Agenda• Emergence of Business  Intelligence at HUSCO• BI Platform Evaluation• Implementing the  Chosen BI Solution• Early ...
Emergence of   Business Intelligence  at HUSCO
HUSCO International• Hydraulic control valves for  industrial vehicle and  automotive markets• Customer-specific solutions...
Systems Environment• Infor Baan IV ERP – sole  data source• Oracle 10G database• Crystal Reports• No OLAP cubes• Extract E...
Technical Challenges• No programmers in house• Limited experience with data  warehouses• Crystal Reports dumped data  into...
BI PlatformEvaluation
First BI Stepsat HUSCO• Have educated users for  years about BI (with limited  success)• Built support via pilot  program ...
HUSCO’s BI Goals• Focus on one area of  the business to start• Simplify report writing• Eliminate manually  merging Excel ...
Evaluation ProcessTechnologies Evaluated• Actuate / BIRT• Oracle BI SuiteEvaluation Committee• Database administrator• Dir...
Actuate Won the BIPlatform EvaluationReasons for Selection• User self-service• Users can manipulate data  as they wish• Su...
Actuate Selectedas BI PlatformReport Server• Actuate BIRT iServer  on Windows• Actuate securityDevelopment ToolsActuate 11...
Implementing the Chosen BI Solution
BI Rollout IssuesData Warehouse• Used Oracle consultant  to build data warehouses• Data warehouse updated  daily and weekl...
Objectives ofInventory Reports• Predict when and where  shortages could occur• Reduce inventory turns• Track up to 20-week...
Deploy InventoryReports• 40 initial users, 34 of  which are materials  managers• Initial reports are for  purchasing and i...
Early Returns fromInventory Reports• Inventory levels and costs  trending downward as  people trust the data• Can now view...
BI Visibility HasAttracted AttentionWe are adding reports anddashboards for:• Purchasing• Sales• Days sales outstanding• A...
EarlyBI Benefitsat HUSCO
Single Versionof the Truth• One source for decision  data• No more islands of info• No two people should  show up at a mee...
User Self-Sufficiency• Easy report navigation• Easy to run and view  reports• East to export data• Easy to do further anal...
Technical Benefits• Write and maintain just  one report for all locations• Cleaned up underlying  data and complexity• Pro...
LessonsLearned
Culture ChangeTakes Time• People are used to  assembling and checking  data in Excel• It takes months for people  to trust...
Leverage ProfessionalServices• Spread the use of outside  services out across the life  of the project• Get some training,...
Take ThingsOne Step at a Time• Start small and show  results to prove value and  get management buy-in• Break BI projects ...
Questions  & Answers     David Surteesdavid.surtees@huscointl.com
Stepping into  BI, DrivingBetter Decisions    David Surtees      Director of Information Services HUSCO International Wauk...
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  1. 1. Stepping into BI, DrivingBetter Decisions David Surtees Director of Information Services HUSCO International Waukesha, Wisconsin
  2. 2. Agenda• Emergence of Business Intelligence at HUSCO• BI Platform Evaluation• Implementing the Chosen BI Solution• Early BI Benefits• Lessons Learned• Questions & Answers
  3. 3. Emergence of Business Intelligence at HUSCO
  4. 4. HUSCO International• Hydraulic control valves for industrial vehicle and automotive markets• Customer-specific solutions superior to competitors’ generic valves• 6 manufacturing plants in North America, UK, China and India• 1200 employees worldwide with 700 in offices www.huscointl.com
  5. 5. Systems Environment• Infor Baan IV ERP – sole data source• Oracle 10G database• Crystal Reports• No OLAP cubes• Extract ERP data with stored procedures developed in PL/SQL.• IT staff of 4 people dedicated to our business system.
  6. 6. Technical Challenges• No programmers in house• Limited experience with data warehouses• Crystal Reports dumped data into error-prone spreadsheets• New automotive division mushroomed data volume and complexity• Growth from 3 to 6 plants worldwide caused scalability and performance concerns• Too many different ways to solve the BI problem
  7. 7. BI PlatformEvaluation
  8. 8. First BI Stepsat HUSCO• Have educated users for years about BI (with limited success)• Built support via pilot program that produces global inventory reports• Early users understood the contents and the value of the reports• Early reports led to more user requests
  9. 9. HUSCO’s BI Goals• Focus on one area of the business to start• Simplify report writing• Eliminate manually merging Excel sheets• Avoid staffing large IT effort• Drive better business decisions
  10. 10. Evaluation ProcessTechnologies Evaluated• Actuate / BIRT• Oracle BI SuiteEvaluation Committee• Database administrator• Director of Information Services• Requirements set by initial users – Materials Management, Purchasing
  11. 11. Actuate Won the BIPlatform EvaluationReasons for Selection• User self-service• Users can manipulate data as they wish• Support for many data sources; not tied to a specific database• Flexibility of input with Java and JavaScript• Can start small without spending a fortune up front
  12. 12. Actuate Selectedas BI PlatformReport Server• Actuate BIRT iServer on Windows• Actuate securityDevelopment ToolsActuate 11 suite• BIRT Interactive Viewer• BIRT Studio• BIRT 360 Dashboards• BIRT Data Analyzer• BIRT Spreadsheet
  13. 13. Implementing the Chosen BI Solution
  14. 14. BI Rollout IssuesData Warehouse• Used Oracle consultant to build data warehouses• Data warehouse updated daily and weeklyCreating Data Set• Users slow to specify needs• Scope shifted as users saw BI capabilities• Took 5 months to spec and create initial data setReports and Applications• Used Actuate for guidance on complex reports• Reports run on demand
  15. 15. Objectives ofInventory Reports• Predict when and where shortages could occur• Reduce inventory turns• Track up to 20-week lead times on parts• Compare and validate data from various suppliers• Avoid adding headcount to capture and aggregate data
  16. 16. Deploy InventoryReports• 40 initial users, 34 of which are materials managers• Initial reports are for purchasing and inventory control• Adding supply chain users: expediters and purchasing agents 20 reports deployed with 150 reports and dashboards planned
  17. 17. Early Returns fromInventory Reports• Inventory levels and costs trending downward as people trust the data• Can now view inventory levels in various locations and systems• New reports replace error-prone spreadsheets and manual processes• Better visibility has led to consistent measurements and strategies worldwide
  18. 18. BI Visibility HasAttracted AttentionWe are adding reports anddashboards for:• Purchasing• Sales• Days sales outstanding• Accounts receivable• Cash flowBI now has the attentionof HUSCO executives
  19. 19. EarlyBI Benefitsat HUSCO
  20. 20. Single Versionof the Truth• One source for decision data• No more islands of info• No two people should show up at a meeting with different data• No decisions should be made using incorrect information
  21. 21. User Self-Sufficiency• Easy report navigation• Easy to run and view reports• East to export data• Easy to do further analysis
  22. 22. Technical Benefits• Write and maintain just one report for all locations• Cleaned up underlying data and complexity• Provide consolidated view to users• Much easier to make complex reports and dashboards• More intuitive UI and navigation• Easy to link reports and sub-reports via drill-down
  23. 23. LessonsLearned
  24. 24. Culture ChangeTakes Time• People are used to assembling and checking data in Excel• It takes months for people to trust a new solution and its data …but they eventually see the power of having one version of the truth
  25. 25. Leverage ProfessionalServices• Spread the use of outside services out across the life of the project• Get some training, put it into practice, then come back for more• Use outside services to help you make informed decisions
  26. 26. Take ThingsOne Step at a Time• Start small and show results to prove value and get management buy-in• Break BI projects into discrete, digestible phases• Don’t buy the ultimate dream and spend a fortune up front
  27. 27. Questions & Answers David Surteesdavid.surtees@huscointl.com
  28. 28. Stepping into BI, DrivingBetter Decisions David Surtees Director of Information Services HUSCO International Waukesha, Wisconsin
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