Power BI and One Six Solutions

Data is as good as gold in today's corporate environment. Capturing operational, customer, sales, and market data while leveraging the latest analytics and business intelligence solutions empowers companies to run more efficiently, reduce costs, and increase revenue. Microsoft's Power BI platform is your entryway to the lucrative world of data analytics - and One Six Solutions is your guide to get your there.

What is Power BI?

Power BI is a comprehensive data visualization and business intelligence platform that helps organizations view and share their analytics results. Data can be captured in different forms - structured and unstructured - and reside in many places - data warehouses, cloud platforms, on-prem databases, applications, spreadsheets, etc.

Power BI is an easy-to-use, self-service data analytics solution. It enables any organization to compile useful data from a variety of sources, generate reports and visualizations for a business-oriented audience and disseminate insights for maximum impact.

The platform's intuitive interface featuring drag-and-drop dashboards allow anyone to easily jump in and begin probing company data for new opportunities to drive efficiency, productivity, and revenue while lowering operational costs. Power BI visualizations illuminate those findings, giving your most important company leaders the information they need to make better, more strategic business decisions.

Dive into Power BI with One Six Solutions

One Six Solutions' team of data analytics experts are here to assist you with every step of Power BI implementation, configuration, and support. We can create a holistic analytics environment that seamlessly connects your cloud-based and on-prem data systems. Our industry-leading data analytics services include:

  • Creating optimized and sustainable data transformation workflows that produce actionable insights.
  • Building a sustainable architecture from data ingestion to data analytics and data warehousing.
  • Modeling right-sized data into dashboards and reports to generate the most valuable business insights that help propel your company forward.

One Six Solutions is an official Microsoft partner, and our knowledge and expertise using Power BI to develop successful data analytics solutions can help your organization realize the full potential of your data strategy.

The support you need from your data analytics services

One Six Solutions provides all the assistance needed to get your data analytics solution up and running, whether you are using Power BI or another data platform. Our team will:

  • Give hands-on support
  • Build focused dashboards around a visual story with key metrics
  • Teach your team visualization best practices to improve user adoption, share analytics reports and get the most value out of your Power BI solution.
  • Create data visualization style guides so every report clearly conveys its findings.
  • Define a data governance strategy that generates optimal value without limiting your users.
  • Implement your data security strategy by leveraging row-level security and Azure Active Directory.

Even if Power BI isn't the right business intelligence tool for your organization, we will recommend the best solution that meets your needs.

Examples of our Power BI work include...

Trade Association’s Analytics Platform

Cloud technologies enable an advanced data platform at a low cost and with minimal IT management.

Trade Association

Data Lakes and Warehouses

Trade Association’s Analytics Platform

What was the problem?

Our client is the nation’s leading trade association representing the boating industry and provides data and insights to manufacturers within its membership. Their data strategy involved moving away from manual, static report building to an automated solution that supports interactive data exploration.  

How we helped?

The One Six Solutions team supported the selection and implementation of products enabling the data strategy for both the client’s membership as well as internal departments. We provided a solution that is sustainable and easy to maintain for an organization that has a small IT team.

What were some of the tools used?

The data architecture started with a custom web application for members to upload data files built using Microsoft Azure. The files were processed with validation rules and moved to Amazon S3 for initial storage. After data replication into Snowflake enabled by Fivetran, the loaded extracts were transformed via Matillion ELT to create the data model.  Power BI provided users with interactive visualizations of the industry data sets. These architecture components were automated to process data incrementally as new data arrives.    

What were the results?

Our client was empowered to manage data in the the modern analytics environment we helped create and freed to consider new problems that can be solved. The scalable solution allows the organization to operate with cost-effectiveness.  Members can explore their data against the industry now in ways previously not possible. The internal departments can  plan to build a holistic solution in the near future to analyze consumer engagement through multiple channels. Two legacy platforms and their associated maintenance costs were  sunset by the new solution.

Software Firm’s Customer Support Analytics Platform

Truly actionable insights were obtained through visually appealing and interactive data visualizations.

Software

Data Analytics

Software Firm’s Customer Support Analytics Platform

What was the problem?

A computer software firm specializing in asset management and software monetization wanted to provide their support team with ability to track their team’s performance and customer review metrics. Current reporting was manual and provided little clarity on core metrics important to the support organization.

How we helped?

The One Six team helped the client with the initial analysis of their data systems and worked to enhance the existing Data Warehouse with this data. We worked with the VP of Support to outline, define, and track the required metrics and KPIs that represent the support team’s performance level in relation to their end customers expectations.

What were some of the tools used?

The Data Warehouse was on a SQL Server 2016 instance and utilized SSIS for ETL to extract data from multiple SQL databases, Salesforce, and Excel.  SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) was used to construct a tabular model and calculate the required measures for reporting. Microsoft Power BI was selected to build the "Support Insights" dashboard.

What were the results?

The client was able to identify key areas where performance levels were lacking and focus their efforts on those instances to improve their overall performance scores. Valuable insights were used by the support team and management to re-direct their time and resources thereby strengthening their customer relationships and resolving bottlenecks. Truly actionable insights were obtained through visually appealing and interactive data visualizations.

Global Software Company’s Marketing Analytics Platform

Marketing teams could identify where leads were stuck and accurately report on marketing spend over time.

Software

Data Analytics

Global Software Company’s Marketing Analytics Platform

What was the problem?

Our client is global IT software and security solutions company specializing in asset management and software monetization. Their goal was to obtain insights into their marketing  initiatives and measure campaign performance across their digital marketing platforms.

How we helped?

The One Six team assisted the client with the initial analysis and implemented additions to their Data Warehouse providing visually rich and highly interactive dashboards. We worked with Marketing’s senior leadership to define requirements and identify a set of KPI’s to measure leads flow and software purchase opportunities created from marketing campaigns.

What were some of the tools used?

The Data Warehouse was built on SQL Server 2016 utilizing SSIS for ETL to extract data from various SQL databases and Salesforce. SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) was leveraged for deeper and faster analysis of data. Power BI was selected to visualize marketing campaign effectiveness, lead analysis and other end user reporting.  

What were the results?

One Six implemented a solution that helped the client identity effective marketing initiatives by providing lead velocity, conversion and marketing funnel information for demand analysis.  Insights were used by the marketing team and other executives to identify areas were leads were getting stuck and resolve these bottlenecks.  Organization leadership also leveraged the dashboards to easily understand revenue and expense metrics across campaigns.

Global Industrial Automation Leader’s Custom Embedded Reporting Platform

Decreased overall time to information from weeks to minutes for this industrial automation leader.

Industrial & Mechanical

Data Analytics

Global Industrial Automation Leader’s Custom Embedded Reporting Platform

What was the problem?

A global leader in the industrial automation industry wanted to provide their customers with the ability to track their user and efficiency metrics. There was no ability to automate and report on inventory metrics and data driven decision making was very difficult.

How we helped?

The One Six team helped the client select a technology stack that would address their customers needs and provide them with data driven insights into their current processes. We worked with stakeholders from both our client and their end customer to create a set of business performance measures, roadmap the data integration plan, select and implement the optimal analytics platform.

What were some of  the tools used?        

The team  implemented a Microsoft SQL Server based Data Warehouse to provide a single  platform for inventory, customer, and sales analytics. Data was propagated to  Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) to create a tabular model that  would serve as the underlying data source for Power BI dashboards and  reports. The required business performance measures were calculated in SSAS .  Power BI Embedded was used to incorporate the reporting functionality into  the end client’s web based customer portal.

What were the results?

The client was able to increase customer loyalty, facility efficiency, and decrease the lack of transparency between management and workers at the plant level. Time to information was reduced from weeks to minutes for end users.  End customers gained a better understanding of their company’s performance levels and were able to anticipate and resolve  issues before they emerged.

Restaurant Chain’s Sales And Customer Sentiment Analysis Platform

A mash up of customer sentiment analysis and global sales performance drives insights for this global restaurant chain.

Restaurant

Data Analytics

Restaurant Chain’s Sales And Customer Sentiment Analysis Platform

What was the problem?

Our client is a global restaurant chain interested in understanding global sales performance across their core products and customer sentiment around their largest brands.

How we helped?

The One Six Solutions team assisted our client with the data preparation and consolidation to create a rapid prototype for a global sales dashboard and visualizations to support customer sentiment analysis collected by global survey data.  One Six Solutions worked with the organization’s executive team to build a proof of concept platform that could be used internally to provide users with a much more ad-hoc environment for analysis and automated data refresh capability.

What were some of the tools used?

The solution was built using Microsoft’s Power BI, leveraging Power Query and Power Pivot to build a rapid prototype for dashboards and reports.  Development was done using Power BI Desktop.  Data was sourced from multiple flat files and Microsoft Excel to create the centralized analysis platform.

What were the results?

Our client was now able to provide end users with a more interactive and visually rich way to work with their global sales and customer sentiment data.  The ability to compare global sales performance and drill into individual markets and product performance was now available on demand.  The team was able to understand the capability of the new platform and identify whether or not it could be leveraged for a much larger implementation down the road.

Construction and Program Management Firms Analytics Platform

A one-stop shop for construction managers and multi-site retailers to understand performance on their capital construction projects.

Construction

Data Analytics

Construction and Program Management Firms Analytics Platform

What was the problem?

Our client is a construction and program management organization who helps multi-site retailers manage and track information required to stay on top of their capital construction projects.  Their clients are some of the largest multi-site retailers in the world.

How we helped?

The One Six Solutions team assisted our client with the data collection, integration and automation required to create visually rich and highly interactive dashboards.  This interactive data platform served as a differentiator in the market for our clients to their customers.  One Six Solutions worked with the organization’s executive leadership team to define requirements, create a standard set of KPI’s and build out the technology foundation to support our client’s multi-tenant data platform of the future.

What were some of the tools used?

The solution was built using Microsoft’s Power BI, leveraging Power Query and Power Pivot to build multiple external client facing dashboards and reports.  Development was done using Power BI Desktop and deployed to the Power BI service on PowerBI.com for end user consumption.  Data was sourced from multiple flat files, Excel and SQL Server to create a consolidated data discovery platform.

What were the results?

Our client was new to the Microsoft Analytics environment and needed One Six Solutions to provide architecture, development and design expertise in order to create a world class data visualization platform that could then be leveraged by their end customers.  The new Analytics platform allowed senior level managers and on-site construction management team members to have access to KPIs and detailed scoring data associated to their multi-site engagements.  Data driven decision making was now possible and easily shared across regional managers for each retailer.

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