Learn how we helped our client set up Power BI data dashboards to increase efficiency.
Data is a gold mine for businesses. If located, extracted, stored and analyzed correctly, it can help companies understand, target and reach prime customers. It can help improve business processes and reduce wasted money and time. It can help boost productivity. Overall, it serves as a company’s most powerful, profit-driving tool.
For businesses like our client, the nation’s largest provider of outsourced coding and clinical documentation improvement services, data certainly isn’t hard to acquire. In fact, the opposite is true. For years, the client sat on an immense amount of customer data, including hundreds of unique reports, without an efficient, streamlined or cost-effective way to transform it into business value. They had all the assets they needed but wanted to understand how to best use those assets in a way that enabled their business to work smarter, not harder.
Our client was aware of the advantages data reporting tools, like Power BI, could bring to their business, but they were unsure how to best implement it. They needed the help of a partner to modernize and simplify their data analysis, and Centric Consulting’s business intelligence expertise was a perfect match.
Enter Centric: Developing a More Dependable Data Dashboard
The client reached out to our data analytics specialists to help it to outline their long-term requirements and objectives for data dashboarding and to conceptualize and implement the tools, architecture and operational approach needed to meet these objectives.
For several years, our client experimented with different versions of internally developed data management systems that proved to be too expensive and labor-intensive for their IT teams. In addition, they were experiencing rapid growth that exacerbated their existing challenges with data collection. They needed a way to scale their data management in a way that could support their rapid growth.
After working closely with our client to determine its needs, we recommended this solution: Power BI – an agile, collaborative and extremely efficient platform for data management and analysis.
“Power BI would help them reduce expenses, and we could build it in such a way that the business reviews would be dynamically driven by end users themselves, rather than relying on IT,” says Darren Touseull, a Business Intelligence specialist from our Indianapolis business unit.
Results: A Power BI Environment
Within two months, we worked together with our client to set up their Power BI environment, implement a sound governance model for data collection and reporting, develop an information model, and redesign standards ensuring security and performance compliance.
The result was a dependable Power BI data dashboard solution that enabled:
- Accessibility through an integrated security model
- Adaptability through data Integration standards that allow ad hoc analysis of targeted metrics and data from disparate systems and different sources
- Scalability through table partitioning and indexing strategies that help tables to scale and remain usable as they grow.
- Usability through curated data sets that can be accessible to a variety of external and internal users and whose permissions can be customized based on the individual user
- Extensibility through developing a physical data model based on the business objectives and not just on the source system.
In summary, our Power BI solution granted the client increased efficiency in managing external client business reviews and reporting, better functional reporting capabilities in multiple areas, and near-term and long-term affordability.