Self-Service On-Demand Insights at your
Within a business, it’s a known fact that data is everything. When a leading
global retailer in the health and wellness industry experienced challenges
in gathering and accessing information, they needed help creating a single
source of truth in order to make better strategic and operational decisions.
Internal data was dispersed across various different sources and was only
available to a few high-level executives in the company. That made it very
difficult for others within the organization to get their questions answered
on time, if at all.
Solution and Key Benefits
To address the issue, Sphere built a new self-service on-demand reporting
system. The system initially consisted of 10 Quick Reports complete with
dashboards and visualizations based on their top 10 queries. Examples
include an inventory report with indicators of stock shortage and/or overage
and a sales report detailing monthly revenue.
In a phased roll-out, we then gave key stakeholders the ability to do their
own ad hoc queries so that they could access the information they needed
anywhere, anytime on any device. Lastly, for more complex queries, we
created customized reports on a bi-weekly basis with the ability to make it
public so that others throughout the organization have access.
How’d we do it? We used Tablow for development and pulled data from various
sources including ERP, inventory, warehouse management systems and their
eCommerce platform. Following an agile process, implementation was quick and
seamless with no impact to the company’s existing systems and/or
The new reporting system gave key individuals clear, transparent visibility
into the business. We also gave users the self-service ability to create
their own customized reports and gather intelligence as needed. With IT so
bogged down these days, the more tools you empower employees with, the more
streamlined and efficient a business will run. Reports that used to require
JIRA tickets and endlessly long wait times were now delivered instantly.
With data now automated, easily accessible and delivered on-time, critical
business and operational decisions were now made smarter, faster and more
efficiently. IT saw an increase in productivity as reduced manual effort
meant more free time to focus on other tasks. Most interestingly, access to
all this new data led to new questions, insights, analysis, growth
opportunities and strategic ideas. Today, 250 people use the reporting
system on a daily basis accessing several hundred reports with usage and
client satisfaction increasing year over year.