Aggregate Industries replaces Cognos with QlikView platform to improve efficiency

Infotech Lead America: Concrete products manufacturer Aggregate Industries is replacing Cognos with the QlikView Business Discovery platform to improve efficiency.

Aggregate Industries is developing QlikView apps for finance, commerce, procurement, haulage and security, with plans to access QlikView on iPad and other mobile devices.

UK’s suppliers and manufacturers of heavy building materials chose QlikView for faster and easier access to information on commercial and business performance.

“When we chose QlikView we wanted to do more than save costs,” said Mike Gibbons, chief information officer of Aggregate Industries Europe.

QlikView Business Discovery is enabling employees to extract data much faster than with the previous Cognos solution and, with direct access to the data, its staff can spend more time on analysis instead of data collation working with one single version of the truth.

“We’re changing the way we see ourselves as a business and ultimately changing the overall culture around how we operate day-to-day. QlikView gives visibility on performance internally. It also allows us to evaluate our sales strategy and client priorities,” Gibbons added.

In association with QlikView, Aggregate Industries initially trialled the solution with a financial performance app and is now expanding the capability of QlikView across the business.

The company will also benefit from consumerisation by extending QlikView to its Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative allowing access via employee tablets and smartphones.

“Our clients increasingly face tough economic conditions and we welcome how innovatively Aggregate Industries has been using QlikView Business Discovery to improve operational efficiency and drive user adoption of the solution,” said Sean Farrington, RVP Northern Europe & MD UK & Ireland at QlikTech.

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