Against the background of recent economic climates, Aggregate Industries wanted to improve business performance and reduce costs by giving their employees better access to financial and other KPI data.
Being among the leading suppliers and manufacturers in the United Kingdom (UK) of heavy building materials — including crushed rock, asphalt, and ready-mix concrete — to the highly competitive construction industry, Mike Gibbons, Chief Information Officer at Aggregate Industries, realized that making major improvements to how they provided business intelligence (BI) would benefit the entire organization. Aggregate needed faster access to big data on operational efficiency and business performance than they were getting with their existing Cognos BI solution.
According Gibbons, “The recession changed the landscape of the construction sector and we have to think innovatively and strategically about how to run our business, without simply implementing technology on a cost basis. On top of our normal business information sets, we also have to maintain a large amount of KPI data.”
“QlikView was compelling,” Gibbons said. “It was easy to use, which was key for us. As well as providing a BI platform tool, we were also looking to change the culture of the company. Although we generate a lot of data, we didn’t naturally see data as an asset. Previously, our BI platform was IT-centric, in that most of the business data discovery was carried out by the IT team.”