Taylor Wimpey selects new QlikView BI platform

Homebuilder Taylor Wimpey has selected QlikTech's QlikView Business Discovery platform for sales, land, commercial and financial performance analysis.

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Homebuilder Taylor Wimpey has selected QlikTech's QlikView Business Discovery platform for sales, land, commercial and financial performance analysis.

Taylor Wimpey operates from 24 regional offices across England, Scotland and Wales and builds over 10,000 homes each year.

Having recently rolled out a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, the developer was looking for a data analysis platform that would provide a holistic view of the company’s performance.

Taylor Wimpey had previously relied on spreadsheets and manual analysis of the data across the business, which came from 24 business units operating across legacy systems.

Investing in building industry standard ERP solution COINS, the homebuilder ran a competitive tender with outsourcing partner CGI to source a BI platform that could match the new integrated system.

The QlikView Business Discovery platform was selected over rival systems from MicroStrategy and Tableau, among others, for its ability to "rapidly self-prototype and deploy", and to provide "insight and value" from the data analysis, said Taylor Wimpey.

The first stage of the project currently being deployed at regional offices consists of the delivery of KPIs concentrating on sales and land management, with managers accessing the information via dashboards.

There are also plans to make the platform available on mobile and tablet devices at the beginning of next year.

Andy Feldon, IT director at Taylor Wimpey, said: “We needed a business intelligence platform that would match our investment in creating one integrated system, and QlikView was the best fit for us.

"With QlikView, we plan to give our employees the ability to spend their time on data analysis instead of data preparation and, as such, provide the business intelligence to give us a competitive edge with the ability to benchmark KPIs in all areas of the business.”

Earlier this year, Taylor Wimpey opted to put its long-term financial planning in the cloud using a tool from Anaplan.

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