Business Analytics Strategy

Business Intelligence journey


As their business expands and grows beyond their traditional services of auction, through the addition of value-added services such as development of new fruit species, fruit storage, packaging etcetera, Veiling Haspengouw requirements for reliable and timely management information also grew.

They quickly discovered that their existing reporting solutions, mainly Excel-based, had significant shortcomings, and therefore they decided to look for a more stable and automated solution. This process was a joint initiative of the Finance Office and the IT department, who both saw the advantages a best practice Business Intelligence solution could bring them. After an initial and short Performance Management Roadmap project, Veiling Haspengouw decided to invest in a BI architecture based on Microsoft SQL Server. The first iteration of the Enterprise Data Warehouse has been built and delivered, mainly focusing on Sales Revenue reporting. This project was delivered in a short timeframe of 3 months and has resulted in a set of validated and reliable reports and dashboards that are being used by both the Finance and Commercial departments, enabling them to have a better view on their commercial performance. The next iterations of the BI program are currently in full preparation and will cover their Production process reporting and analysis.

08 Nov 2016 Tuesday
Data and analytics on premises, in the cloud or hybrid are the foundational building blocks in every industry for success in the cognitive era. When your organization takes the next steps in analytics, it can improve its efficiency and performance...

From batch to real-time reporting and analytics

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With the emergence of digitization and IoT, it becomes crucial for some companies to enable faster decision making through faster data insights. Gone are the days when everyone can wait for hours or days to look at insights and performance dashboards.

In this insight, we have proven that providing these real-time insights means a change in system architecture for many business intelligence teams. In our expert opinion, we concluded that a best-practice real-time architecture consists of two main building blocks: a receiving end-point to receive the data streams and a real-time analytics layer to transform the data.

We conclude that getting started with real-time analytics isn't complex: all leading vendors as well as open-source providers offer a serious of proven solutions and as solutions are offered through the cloud, they start with no investments needed (pay-as-you-go basis).

20 Oct 2016 Thursday
Een op business software gefocust event waarbij we nagaan welke innovaties we kunnen verwachten van onze softwarevendors. Wij moeten steeds sneller schakelen en onze business processen aanscherpen. Kan een ERP-systeem die toch de ruggegraat is van...


Hadoop is a free, Java-based programming framework that supports the processing of large data sets in a distributed computing environment, typically in a Big Data context. At it's core, Apache Hadoop is open-source software framework for distributed storage (Hadoop Distributed File System or HDFS) and distributed processing (MapReduce). It was launched in 2011 as open-source software under the Apache Software Foundation.
10 Oct 2016 Monday
Over the last years, SQL Server Days has become a household name in the European SQL Server Community . For the 9 th successive year the Belgian SQL Server User Group (SQLUG.BE vzw) and Microsoft are teaming up to organize the Belgian SQL Server...


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