The phrase “Business Intelligence” generates a lot of buzz, but the bottom line is converting the data that you collect and store every day into valuable information and then delivering it to the right people at the right time, so their decisions help your organization succeed. This is done through a series of systems that store, process, and present your data, so you can identify, explore, and act upon changes that would otherwise go unnoticed. Geocent has extensive experience in the design, development, and implementation of end-to-end business intelligence solutions tailored to fit our clients’ needs.
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Database Design & Development
To realize a successful fit with the business intelligence system architecture, database design and development must be carefully planned. Geocent has successfully completed scores of projects that involve complex data mart/data warehouse solutions using industry-leading tools such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and DB2. The use of a data warehouse in the business intelligence solution makes it possible for you to process more complex analytics against your business data without affecting the production systems during business hours. A well-designed data warehouse, because it is a source of data structured in a format in tune with your day-to-day business operations, makes it easier to understand the data.
Geocent consultants have the unique blend of business and technical expertise necessary to architect databases and develop business intelligence solutions that: (1) deliver foundational, critical information for your organization and (2) meet or exceed strict requirements for performance, data quality, and accessibility.
Extract, Transform & Load (ETL)
While the data warehouse serves as the business intelligence solution’s centralized storage system, ETL serves as the method by which the system processes and transfers the data. In order to gain business value, your system needs to extract data from storage, transform it to meet business needs, and load it into the database of record. ETL serves as the bridge between production systems and the data warehouse system. It must identify key information, process it, and then transfer it into the centralized data warehouse from which you perform analytical processing independent from the production systems. In this way, the day-to-day performance of your live system is not affected. Geocent consultants have experience both developing custom ETL solutions and performing complex ETL operations using common tools such as Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services.
Tools & Techniques
Geocent consultants have experience using business intelligence tools from many vendors such as Business Objects, IBM (Cognos), Lawson, Microsoft, Pervasive, Oracle, and SAP (Business Objects). Because they hold multiple Microsoft competencies related to business intelligence, they can build a Microsoft business intelligence solution for you that optimizes your use of the complete Microsoft stack of products.
Every organization has different types of business information consumers. Each audience needs to have information displayed in ways that best meet their objectives, such as:
Dashboards & Scorecards
Dashboards & Scorecards
Dashboards and scorecards interactively display summary data on key performance indicators (KPIs) with which users may quickly gain insight into how well the organization is performing. Typically, dashboards include gauges, bar/pie charts, and dials representing performance on a specific KPI. Geocent develops dashboards that contain holistic business data consolidated and arranged on a single screen. Users can view information as a snapshot as well as drill down to uncover the triggers behind the results.
Organizations often need reports on a weekly, daily, and even hourly basis to stay on top of a volatile and ever-changing world. Geocent consultants have developed advanced reporting solutions, customized to meet specific business needs, for clients in both the private and public sectors. Managers and supervisors may prefer summary reports into which they may drill down for a detailed report, while other report consumers may want their reports produced automatically and then delivered via email. Geocent can provide reporting solutions to meet any business need.
Conducting data analysis is crucial to most organizations and the success of your business intelligence environment. Users must be given the opportunity to query on an ad-hoc basis and create on-the-fly reports for high-level briefs, for quick analysis, and for tracking rapid change. A Geocent business intelligence solution can provide a customized, unified interface that applies business rules and shows business analysts a view of the data they can readily interpret.