Site managers were tasked with collecting data manually each month from their construction sites. Excel spreadsheet templates were emailed to site managers for completion, after which they would be returned to the head office and compiled into a master Excel spreadsheet. It was important to ensure that the accuracy and integrity of data was maintained during this process, and this consequently represented a significant investment of both time and effort. With no established visualisations of data, the depth of insights into business performance was limited.
Intelogy held a requirement gathering workshop to understand the existing reporting process, whilst also exploring opportunities for improvement. Emphasis was placed on removing the reliance on email communication, eliminating the need for the manual collation of data, and providing an overview of completion status. Intelogy were also able to extend the scope with previously collected data to support a more diverse range of data visualisations.
Intelogy identified that the previous reporting process was subdivided by data of different sources and timeframes. These included monthly head office reports, site-specific reports, quarterly reports, and yearly targets. Through the architecture of an intelligent solution that used SharePoint lists and content types, Intelogy were able to centralise the data capture process. Furthermore, by ensuring that a calculated date value was assigned to each of these records in each of these lists, Intelogy enabled relational data analysis within subsequent Power BI reports.
With this newly introduced data storage solution, it was now possible to seamlessly surface, model and visualize the data within Power BI. Intelogy created two standalone Power BI reports – one which served as a direct replacement to the prior spreadsheet, and another entirely new report created to take full advantage of the rich feature-set of Power BI. Both reports were thoughtfully designed around a single slicer, allowing the selection of a date-period to reflect across all visualisations on the report, which could be further refined by the integrated data interrogation capabilities of Power BI. Intelogy were able to create a sophisticated dashboard experience that made full use of the extensive styling and visual options available in Power BI, providing at-a-glance insights into the data and business performance.
Data displayed within the report is completely fictitious and is not representative of the company’s real data.
Intelogy’s solution modernised and simplified the business performance reporting process, resulting in a vast reduction of manual workload. It also consolidated and centralised data storage to the Cloud, which empowered the company to fully utilise this data within the Power BI Service. The viewing, interpretation and sharing of the most up-to-date versions of these reports became seamless, without incurring any risk of creating multiple versions of the truth.
Through the powerful options within Power BI, Intelogy surpassed expectations and delivered a visually appealing, data-intelligent reporting dashboard. At a glance, anybody with access to the dashboard can see the overall performance of multiple construction sites, and it is therefore much more efficient to obtain more substantial insights from site data and subsequently inform later conclusions or actions.