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Short on time? Here are the key facts.

  • Our client’s staff was spending a lot of time and effort to access and analyze data, particularly point of sale data, as it was spread across various on-prem databases.
  • The Aptitive team automated the load of internal and external data sources, and we designed and built a data warehouse to be optimal for analytical use.
  • The client can now easily access their data whenever they need it. We also set them up for future analytics and data science projects.

Overview

This client’s disorganized data was stalling their ability to quickly build reports and impeding useful analysis. Business decisions rely on accurate insights, and this company lacked confidence in conclusions based on their data.

Aptitive created and executed a data strategy plan that resulted in an integrated and centralized data warehouse using Snowflake. The Aptitive team then leveraged the new data warehouse to create insightful Tableau dashboards for our client’s sales teams and executives to help them regain confidence in using their data to make business-altering decisions.

Industry

Consumer Goods
Manufacturing
Retail

Featured Technologies

Azure Blob Storage
Azure Data Factory
Snowflake
Tableau

The Challenge

Our client’s many types of data, including inventory, shipment, point of sale, and other internal financial data, were stored on disjointed on-premise databases and in Excel documents. To generate reports or conduct analysis, each team gathered data from different retailers and internal departments – a lengthy and inefficient process. As teams generated reports in silos and with a variety of methods, they were met with limited flexibility in analysis, inconsistent metrics and understanding of data, and uncertain conclusions across the company.

This organization first needed a strategic plan for managing their data. They then needed assistance centralizing all external and internal data sources into one enterprise data warehouse that would allow for quick and accurate report building and analysis with Tableau.

The Solution

Aptitive used Azure Data Factory and their data ingestion framework to automate the load of all internal and external data sources into Snowflake, including retailer point of sale and inventory, census, weather, and other third-party data sources. Once the data resided in Snowflake and adhered to the business rules, the data warehouse was designed and built to be optimal for analytical use. Aptitive worked with our client’s sales and ecommerce teams to build several Tableau dashboards that met their reporting and analytical needs.

The Outcome

By automating the load into the data warehouse and ensuring data followed all business rules, we gave our client access to centralized data that all of their teams could trust. They no longer had to manually gather and prepare data from multiple resources; instead, they could focus on performing analysis. Aptitive also identified free third-party data that would be useful in demand forecasting and automated the ingestion of this data into the data warehouse.

Additionally, the dashboards we created provided insights into high-level KPIs and measures across all sales, shipment, outstanding order, inventory, and point of sale data. The client was able to use the dashboards to drill down to a line-level of detail, giving them deeper and more meaningful insights.

Throughout the project, we helped our client identify data necessary for future analytics and data science projects to help them further harness the benefits their data can provide.

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