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Data Transforming Business Podcast Series – Episode 1

Best practices in becoming a data-driven organization:
Real-world advice from a leading UK construction materials company

Self-service business intelligence (BI) is a growing trend as more and more business users want to be in greater control of their own reporting and analytics. Often, though, these efforts are thwarted when business users are faced with the underlying complexities of the data structures and interrelationships between data sources, particularly with ERP systems. Given this complexity, can accurate, trusted business information ever truly be ‘self-service’? Or do solutions that promise this place users at risk of producing and consuming inaccurate information by enabling ungoverned access to business data? Are there tools and techniques that can make self-service access to business data more controlled and secure to ensure the information output is accurate and consistent?  Or are the technical complexities and associated risks unavoidable for business users who want to perform their own reporting?

Controlling this unfettered access to business data is the subject of a new three-part podcast series, brought to you by Sage and Zap BI, as part of the Data Transforming Business Series.

In the first installment in the series, moderator Donna Burbank of Global Data Strategy, speaks with Jim Fennell, Information Systems Manager at Lagan Construction Group, a leader in the UK and Ireland construction space. A key part of the company’s strategy is to become more data driven, and self-service BI is a vital element in that strategy.

During this informative 10-minute podcast, Fennell and Burbank discuss the challenges Lagan faced garnering meaningful reports and business analytics from the array of disparate applications and differing user requirements across the enterprise and its various business units. Their conversation shifts to the company’s own migration to self-service BI, as it sought out easy-to-use, fast, and agile BI tools allowing users to dive deeper into diverse and distributed data sets to make data-driven decisions and create real business value.

Listen to the entire conversation here, and subscribe to our newsletter so you won’t miss Part 2 and 3 of this informative series.

Locke Truong

Director of product marketing, Sage X3

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