Established 130 years ago, and employing over 2000 people in UK, Europe and China, Marshalls is the UK's leading manufacturer of natural stone and concrete hard landscaping products. Marshalls had a mature and diverse data warehouse serving 450 users of varying technical ability.
They needed to replace their legacy client tools to increase user productivity, to get more from the data platform, and to ensure support for the latest versions of SQL Server and Microsoft Office. See the case study for more detail on why they ultimately selected and deployed XLCubed.
Marshalls Ltd, UK, Europe, China
"XLCubed has provided Thorntons with the flexibility and performance our business users need to unlock the potential in our data"
Established over 100 years ago, Thorntons is one of Britain's largest chocolate makers, and best loved chocolate Brands. Thorntons were long-term users of the Analysis Services platform but had several gaps in their reporting capabilities, particularly for remote and mobile users.
The business also planned to upgrade their desktop and MS Office environment while moving to the latest version of SQL server. They needed a tool which operated on both their legacy and future versions of Office and SQL, and which addressed the gaps in the current solution while offering more flexibility for the key Head Office based users. See why Thorntons ultimately chose XLCubed for their BI reporting and Analysis needs in the Thorntons Case Study.
Thorntons - Derbyshire, UK
"Our reporting and analysis team were previously dependent on Excel linked to our financial ledgers to produce management information. As part of a project to improve data availability and consistency, we decided to introduce a data warehouse.
The services team at XLCubed worked very closely with us to understand our process and requirements, and design and develop the data warehouse and ETL process. The resultant solution, together with the XLCubed client tools, gives us a powerful and flexible way to analyse our data in minutes rather than the hours previously required, alongside the ability to update our forecast and budget information in the same environment."
Ted Baker - London
The Rank Group is a leading European gaming and betting company, headquartered in Great Britain. Rank’s businesses include a number of established brands in gaming and leisure. These include Mecca Bingo, Top Rank España, Grosvenor and G Casinos and Blue Square.
Rank engaged XLCubed to work with internal IT for data warehouse and cube development and the business for report development. With XLCubed Web now deployed across bingo clubs and casinos and XLCubed for Excel used throughout Rank's HQ in Berkshire we are now expanding the report deployment to many different areas of the business.
XLCubed has enabled the business to take ownership of report creation which in turn allows our BI team more time to focus on the ETL, and Cube Design. The additional functionality in XLCubed has greatly enhanced our reporting capability and enabled us to deliver reports faster than ever before. Integrating with our SharePoint site enables access from anywhere within Rank group, allowing our clubs to manage performance directly while giving management a centralised view of the business.
Rank Group, UK
Cargill Value Investment is a world-leading investor in management and credit-intensive assets. The group was founded in 1987 from Cargill’s proprietary high-yield trading operations and achieved critical mass in the wake of the United States financial crisis of the early 1990s.
Throughout the decade, Cargill Value Investment expanded to include high-yield distressed corporate obligations, credit-intensive loan portfolios and opportunistic real estate across the globe. With this growth came the challenge of distributing and managing information in a decentralized environment.
"In our pursuit of a solution to this business problem, we developed a data warehouse. However, this only solved half the problem. Now that we have a single source of truth, how do we make it accessible to our end users with minimal training and disruption? The answer to that for us is XLCubed - a product that seamlessly integrates with Excel and is intuitive to use. A critical success factor in the process of implementing this solution has been the support that the XLCubed staff has been able to give us both in terms of XLCubed and the design/implementation of our Analysis Service cubes which are being used across the globe."
Cargill Value Investment, Minneapolis, USA
BP’s reputation for performance management is dependent on having high performance data collection and analysis tools at all levels of the organization - from the wellhead to the boardroom.
Using off the shelf products such as Microsoft Analysis Services and XLCubed, BP has used XLCubed to deliver a robust BI toolkit to all levels of the Exploration & Production Segment globally. Although E&P looked at a range of reporting products, its preference was for an Excel add-in, pure and simple.
The choice of XLCubed was based primarily on the product’s functional and technical features rather than on the vendor’s extensive oil and gas industry experience. XLCubed has the best features of OLAP Excel add-ins.
“We liked the tight integration with Excel so that users can design reports and use other interrogation functions within Excel. Overall, it is the speed and power of XLCubed that has established its value to analysts within BP”. See the case study for more detail.
BP Exploration and Production, Global
Bristol-Myers Squibb is a leading provider of medicines to fight cancer, cardiovascular and infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and serious mental illness.
Our pharma partner Data Intelligence implemented their PharmaAnalytics platform with BMS, providing a centralised reporting platform for 23 integrated data sources.
The solution uses XLCubed Web Edition as the delivery tool for over 100 integrated dashboards covering the needs of the brand teams, sales force, market research, healthcare management teams, and senior management. The reporting element is handled using XLCubed Web Edition, with the dashboards initially developed in the Excel Edition. For more detail see the case study.
Bristol-Myers Squibb, UK
"We’ve been using XLCubed for almost a year now as a core component of our Management Accounting infrastructure. This tool was instrumental in allowing us to leverage our investment in Analysis Services cubes, while nicely plugging into our existing Excel workflow.
Formula based reports give us the ability to quickly query hundreds of thousands of records from multiple cubes and consolidate those into pre-formatted Excel spreadsheets.
Gridbased slicing and dicing is also a powerful analysis tool that bridges most gaps left open by traditional pivot tables when faced with multi-dimensional sources. The XLCubed team has proved highly responsive, providing top notch support and advice."
ING Bank Genève, Switzerland
Our roll-out of the new global Dynamics AX implementation required an excellent reporting solution to support group and local management reporting.
Our IS team, using XLCubed Software and together with XLCubed Consultants designed and implemented a series of cubes based on MS Dynamics AX. A short training session hosted at XLCubed HQ in Maidenhead ensured we were able to continue to build and maintain the ETL and Cubes on an on-going basis.
Along with the easy to build reports in Excel we have provided our local management a suite of self maintained group and local management reports and analysis. All in all the delivered reports and cubes have made the take up of AX across our organisation so much easier than would otherwise have been the case.
Chloride Power, UK
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