The client we are talking about is a global leader in the high-end fashion and luxury industry with annual revenues exceeding 1 billion EUR. They have offices around the world and control supply companies that are part of the same holding company.

The goal of the project was to redesign the business model of the supply chain to enable the creation of a planning system connected with the enterprise Data Warehouse that was used by everyone involved to make it the central point of shared coordination.

Among the main difficulties encountered in the project, two benefited most from the use of indyco suite by:

  1. collecting information, concepts and personal data in the varied local systems (local or regional or part of the company), so overcoming a problem of information silos;
  2. reaching an agreement on the new data model on which to base the analysis and planning tool.

Mapping the current situation

Conceptual-modeling-with-indyco-BuilderIn the initial phase of the project, the Business Intelligence team used indyco Builder to map the various information sources and subsystems in use in all the business units and companies involved in the Supply Chain using the Dimensional Fact Model (DFM) formalism.

For each of the systems they extracted the Conceptual Model of the product size, the various indicators and relationships or hierarchies between the elements themselves. Each element of the scheme was associated with all the descriptive elements and those related to the information sources of the data (names of tables, fields …).

The speed of use of indyco Builder and its versatility allowed for the completion of this task in a very short time and visually highlighted conflicts, duplications and differences between the various subsystems.

Co-design with the senior management

Model navigation through a visual representationThe output of this mapping was submitted to senior management through indyco Explorer: the end product being, a unified and understandable vision of the current submodels (and data mart structures) of the domain of the individual Business Units that was often unknown even to central management.

The particular intuitiveness of the tool has enabled us to create a perfect consistency of communication between business and IT and consequently facilitated the last phase of the project, namely the design of the new data model and in particular the product dimension on which the implementation of the new system would be based. Thanks to the navigable and searchable visual representation, it was possible to manage the complexity of the information made available and at the same time make it comprehensible to the wider business, concepts usually digested only by IT.

Data enrichment

Data-enrichment-with-indyco-ExplorerIn this case it has proved particularly useful to enrich the model with sample data to make the meaning of some indicators and some perspectives of analysis more evident thus making it clear to all the point of view of each analysis.

It took two review meetings between IT and business to carry out, sharing the same visual interface, the new dimension, and then to start the implementation project… with an actionable Conceptual Model and a ready to use Business Glossary.

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