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“We wanted faster horses…”
From Excel Dashboard to Big Data Analysis
Optimized processing of marketing data at reduced mon...
Internal © Siemens AG 2016
“If I had asked people what they
wanted, they would have said
faster horses.”
Henry Ford
19 Apr...
Internal © Siemens AG 2016
Tool Environment of Siemens
19 April 2016 Jochen Weinmüller/EM LP SI MT OGPage 3
…and many othe...
Internal © Siemens AG 2016
Tool Environment of Siemens
Problem:
• No actual reporting, only a monthly data output into an ...
Internal © Siemens AG 2016
The Excel Dashboard
• High manual maintenance effort for data
= high error rate
• Highly restri...
Internal © Siemens AG 2016
Tableau Including Access as a Central Database
Advantages of Tableau:
• Integration of database...
Internal © Siemens AG 2016
Necessary Work Steps Using “MyPresentationManager”as an Example
19 April 2016 Jochen Weinmüller...
Internal © Siemens AG 2016
Racehorse on the Leash
With the introduction of Tableau:
• Big data volumes and more complex qu...
Internal © Siemens AG 2016
Why Alteryx?
19 April 2016 Jochen Weinmüller/EM LP SI MT OGPage 9
Cleanse data
Insert date
fiel...
Internal © Siemens AG 2016
New workflow:
Save original files in the correct location
Start workflow
Finished!
Required tim...
Internal © Siemens AG 2016
Why Alteryx?
Prerequisites:
• No programming skills required
• Intuitive usage (drag & drop)
• ...
Internal © Siemens AG 2016
Many Thanks for Your Attention
Jochen Weinmüller
Online Marketing Manager
Division Energy Manag...
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From Excel Dashboard to Big Data Analysis

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Siemens was looking for a solution merge their most important KPIs from different tools and platforms into one single view. With Alteryx the monthly workload was reduced significantly from 3 – 5 days to 2 – 3 hours!

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From Excel Dashboard to Big Data Analysis

  1. 1. “We wanted faster horses…” From Excel Dashboard to Big Data Analysis Optimized processing of marketing data at reduced monthly time spent siemens.com/lowvoltageInternal © Siemens AG 2016
  2. 2. Internal © Siemens AG 2016 “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” Henry Ford 19 April 2016 Jochen Weinmüller/EM LP SI MT OGPage 2
  3. 3. Internal © Siemens AG 2016 Tool Environment of Siemens 19 April 2016 Jochen Weinmüller/EM LP SI MT OGPage 3 …and many other internal and external tools and download platforms producing plenty of data …
  4. 4. Internal © Siemens AG 2016 Tool Environment of Siemens Problem: • No actual reporting, only a monthly data output into an Excel file • Outputs and reports distributed throughout different filing locations • Partially no direct data access • Different file formats Requirement: The most important KPIs from different tools and platforms merged into one view 19 April 2016 Jochen Weinmüller/EM LP SI MT OGPage 4
  5. 5. Internal © Siemens AG 2016 The Excel Dashboard • High manual maintenance effort for data = high error rate • Highly restricted visualization options • No sufficient level of detail, only an overview of general tendencies • No interactivity Jochen Weinmüller/EM LP SI MT OG19 April 2016Page 5 Required time per month: 3 - 5 days Level: “Rocking Horse”
  6. 6. Internal © Siemens AG 2016 Tableau Including Access as a Central Database Advantages of Tableau: • Integration of databases and processing of high data volumes • Full flexibility of the visualization • High level of detail • Interactivity Result: Monthly reporting with 22 dashboards for 11 different tools and platforms Jochen Weinmüller/EM LP SI MT OG19 April 2016Page 6
  7. 7. Internal © Siemens AG 2016 Necessary Work Steps Using “MyPresentationManager”as an Example 19 April 2016 Jochen Weinmüller/EM LP SI MT OGPage 7 File 1 (.csv) 1. Load from SharePoint 2. Open in Excel 3. Add date of the current month as a new field 4. Import to Access File 2 (.xml – copy of external DB) 1. Open in Excel 2. Cleanse data 3. Import to Access In Access 1. Execute table generation query 2. Open table and delete data set of the oldest month In Tableau 1. Update extract Required time per month for all tools: 1 - 2 days Saved time compared to Excel Dashboard: 2 - 3 days Significant improvement of the presentation and the level of detail Level: “Racehorse”
  8. 8. Internal © Siemens AG 2016 Racehorse on the Leash With the introduction of Tableau: • Big data volumes and more complex queries  Documentation of the data preparation required  Necessity to artificially split analysis as processing “at a stretch” is not possible anymore (Access max. 2GB) • Ongoing new ideas and requirements of superiors and colleagues New situation: With the introduction of Tableau, the amount of work for single analysis has been reduced but the number of analysis and their complexity has increased in return. 19 April 2016 Jochen Weinmüller/EM LP SI MT OGPage 8
  9. 9. Internal © Siemens AG 2016 Why Alteryx? 19 April 2016 Jochen Weinmüller/EM LP SI MT OGPage 9 Cleanse data Insert date field Execute table generation query Delete last month
  10. 10. Internal © Siemens AG 2016 New workflow: Save original files in the correct location Start workflow Finished! Required time: 10 minutes Why Alteryx? 19 April 2016 Jochen Weinmüller/EM LP SI MT OGPage 10
  11. 11. Internal © Siemens AG 2016 Why Alteryx? Prerequisites: • No programming skills required • Intuitive usage (drag & drop) • Ease of learning (over lunch) Simple data processing: • Different data sources/file formats can be used directly • No preparatory processing of data • Significantly faster processing of data than e.g. for queries in Access • No limitations in terms of the data volume to be processed • Any output format Personal benefits: • Significant reduction of my work load of initial 3 - 5 days using Excel to approx. 2 - 3 hours per month using Alteryx. • No documentation of the workflows required anymore as all individual process steps are displayed transparently and can be commented. • New ideas and requirements can be implemented in no time at all Finally, I have time to focus on the interpretation of my data 19 April 2016 Jochen Weinmüller/EM LP SI MT OGPage 11
  12. 12. Internal © Siemens AG 2016 Many Thanks for Your Attention Jochen Weinmüller Online Marketing Manager Division Energy Management You 19 April 2016 Jochen Weinmüller/EM LP SI MT OGPage 12 Jochen Weinmüller EM LP SI MT OG Siemensstraße 10 93053 Regensburg/Germany Phone: +49 941 790- 2074 Fax: +49 941 790-2146 Email: jochen.weinmueller@siemens.com www.siemens.com/lowvoltage

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