“Health insurance companies have unique operating demands that require business analysis tools that can probe large volumes of data quickly and easily and help them solve real business problems,” said Rick Pitts, CEO of QlikTech U.S. ”In an increasingly on-demand marketplace, leading HMOs like Dakotacare are using QlikView to leverage vital data across its organization and respond quickly to its constituents’ needs.”
QlikView's power ensures that we'll have the information we need and its ease-of-use guarantees that everyone from the CEO to our account manager can gain benefit from it. There is no better way to get insight from our data. -Andreas Becker, Executive Director Business Support Group, WestLB AG
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QlikView Turns WD-40 Into a Slick Operation; Global Consumer Brand Sees Business Efficiency Soar Across European Operations with the Implementation of QlikView
RADNOR, Pa. and LEAMINGTON SPA, England -- QlikTech, the world's fastest growing business intelligence software company, today announced that WD-40, a global name in household products, has deployed QlikView, QlikTech's innovative business analysis application, to simplify and improve financial and sales reporting in real time. After deploying QlikView, WD-40 immediately experienced increased productivity and gained access to invaluable company information that previously was inaccessible.
Through the use of QlikView, WD-40 has replaced weekly hard copy ERP reports and eased demands of the IT department. Prior to deploying QlikView, WD-40 calculated customer sales totals manually at the end of each year by totaling up historical hard copy reports; now annual sales totals are available immediately with a single click. WD-40 employees can simply open up QlikView, make their data selections and analyze the information they need - from their desktops or from a Web server. As a result of this success, the company is planning to expand QlikView into other areas of its business.
"We have found ourselves in the position where we can now analyze over 500,000 order lines in seconds and in real time," explains Julian Spencer, finance and operations director, Europe for WD-40. "On the sales side we use QlikView to find selling opportunities with existing customers as well as to highlight customers who are ordering less frequently than before. On the control side, we can track margins and customers' rebates instantly whereas before it took hours of manual data collation. QlikView is a great way to get at company data quickly and easily."
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Fortune 500 Food Company Improves Forecast Accuracy by 50%
A global manufacturer and marketer of high quality simple meals, including soup, baked snacks, vegetable-based beverages, and premium chocolate products has successfully rolled out a transformation strategy designed to step up new product innovations and customer focus. The company’s North American manufacturing group now produces approximately 850 products representing 4,500 SKUs.
The company’s existing planning systems were inadequate for the new
business model. The company launched an initiative to put a new sales
and operational planning (S&OP) process in place, with a stronger
emphasis on forecasting.
QlikView provided the means to access and analyze the information, and thereby better manage inventory and costs. Using QlikView, the company is able to adjust for differences between forecasted and actual inventory within one to four-week horizons – a major “pain point” within the industry. The QlikView reporting enables the monitoring of daily demand signals and improved near–term forecasting by more than 50%. This in turn has helped to stabilize production schedules, reduce safety stock, improve service levels and decrease costs.
USS-POSCO Implements QlikView for Real-time Business Analysis
USS-POSCO manufactures cold rolled, galvanized and tin mill products from hot rolled steel. It ships finished steel daily to more than 150 customers in the western United States. Several modernization programs, representing some of the largest investments in manufacturing facilities in California, have made USS-POSCO one of the most efficient and technically advanced steel finishing facilities in the world.
"We chose QlikView because we could move forward quickly and get results, without having to build a data warehouse and make huge, speculative investments in time, money and IT resources," said Rob Wunderlich, senior systems programmer for USS-POSCO. "People within USS-POSCO can now manage operational results visually, quickly identifying issues and getting to the details in a few clicks, thus improving business performance."
In under four months, USS-POSCO developed and deployed half a dozen QlikView business intelligence applications throughout the company, including safety management, analyzing injury causes and OSHA reporting; manufacturing-to-inventory, improving operational efficiency; order-to-fulfillment processes, streamlining tracking; customer and vendor management, analyzing e-commerce activity and supplier performance; human resources reporting, analyzing overtime trends; and international trade reporting and competitive analysis.
QlikView Offers Dakotacare a Cure for Information Overload
Dakotacare, South Dakota’s only statewide health maintenance organization (HMO), has dramatically improved customer service, streamlined communication with care providers, improved claims processing, and enhanced self-auditing capabilities. The key to these improvements is QlikView, an innovative business analysis tool from QlikTech, the world’s fastest-growing business intelligence software company.
In comparing QlikView against “traditional” OLAP-based Business Intelligence solutions, Mark Tracy, director of information technology at Dakotacare, found QlikView to be the most cost-effective solution, the easiest to deploy and fastest to learn. “My biggest hurdle in selecting QlikView was skepticism based on the price point; I couldn’t believe it would do what it said, at the price that it was,” he said. The free download from the QlikTech Web site convinced Tracy, and he in turn, convinced Dakotacare’s management team.
Dakotacare relies on several enterprise databases and ERP systems to manage information from care providers, suppliers, clinics, hospitals and patients. The HMO’s legacy databases were challenging to manage and individuals within the Dakotacare organization found it difficult to access the information they needed to do their jobs efficiently. A year ago Tracy implemented QlikView on a dual-core X64 Xeon-based server, giving the HMO new abilities to aggregate, analyze and audit data. QlikView not only provides real-time access for the organization, but allows its employees to instantly put information in the hands of its constituencies as well. DAKOTACARE employees now have the information they need at their fingertips.
“QlikView opened up new opportunities for us. Its phenomenal response time means that we can investigate time-sensitive issues accurately and quickly. In our case, instant access to data means sorting through hundreds of millions of records daily. QlikView’s 64-bit multi-processor platform design has enables us to significantly improve our accuracy, efficiency, and overall productivity,” said Tracy. “At the end of the day, Dakotacare is about making life easier for our members, clients and health care providers, and QlikView has enabled us to meet this challenge.”