Outcome: Helping Business Leaders Make Better, Data-driven Decisions
With Pentaho, WERTGARANTIE Group can process its daily data pipelines much faster. "In the past, it took 7 hours or more to load the latest data," says Riedel. "With Pentaho Data Integration, we cut the loading time down to approximately 2.5 hours, which makes it 70% faster. Crucially, this means everyone can access current information to support data-driven decision making. Including teams that start early in the morning."
In addition to the daily data loading jobs, WERTGARANTIE Group has also seen an acceleration in monthly updates. Previously, it could take up to three days to calculate month-end figures. Now, with Pentaho Data Integration, key performance indicators are always available on the first day of the new month, without exception.
For the IT team, the ease of use of Pentaho has been a major benefit right from the start of the implementation. "At the core, Pentaho Data Integration is a simple solution," says Riedel. "The solution offers the features and flexibility we need combined with great documentation, a big community that we can turn to for guidance, and the outstanding Hitachi Vantara support."
Furthermore, the integrated debugging tools and preview features have accelerated the development cycle and help to save valuable time for the team. Once new data pipelines have been pushed into production, it is easy for administrators to monitor the status, progress and performance and streamline operations. This also helps WERTGARANTIE Group to improve data quality.
In future, WERTGARANTIE Group plans to provide more self-service features to allow for more flexible on-demand data uploads and analytics. The flexibility of Pentaho Data Integration also makes next-generation business models possible, which could use IoT sensor data to offer customers completely new intelligent services and insurance policies.
The combined impact of all these improvements means that the team estimates a full return on its investment in the Pentaho solution over the medium term, within a couple of years. Riedel concludes: "It is now much easier for our team to communicate with our 200 business stakeholders thanks to the intuitive visualizations of complex data flows in Pentaho Data Integration. Better communication means faster implementation of new functionalities, whether for the executive board, the controlling department or the partner management team. As a result, the whole business has become more agile and we can make smarter, faster, more data-driven decisions than ever before."