Data & Analytics Roadmap and Delivery for a Large Construction Company
Founded in 1900, our client is a large, construction materials and contracting company based in California with 14 regional locations. The business has been operating for over a century and continues to grow strong in the direct construction business. The company is vertically integrated and operates its own manufacturing plants, transportation division, and construction divisions. They also supply construction materials to other construction companies.
The Project Objective
The client’s executive leadership established a business transformation strategy geared towards business outcomes. This strategy was primarily focused on operational excellence supported by analytics and the Key Performance Indicators required to measure these outcomes. To deliver some future-state capabilities, the IT leadership launched a data and analytics modernization initiative that provides analytical reports, dashboards, and predictive analytics in an agile execution mode. The client’s long-term goal is to grow their internal capabilities in order to execute a repeatable framework that identifies and delivers data and analytics features and solutions, providing valuable insights to continually realize business outcomes. The client selected Smartbridge as its strategic BI partner through an RFP process to deliver on these key business objectives:
Key Challenges and Issues
The client had several false starts with their internal analytics program in previous years, so there was some hesitation and skepticism about an external partner’s ability to help drive the change required for success. There were also a few other challenges Smartbridge faced:
The Smartbridge Solution
Smartbridge delivered a modern data and analytics strategy and set the vision and roadmap for senior leadership buy-in to move the analytics program forward. We established the initial program foundation, a Center for Enablement (C4E), agile delivery process, communications, and data management processes. The analytics technology stack included AWS cloud platform, Snowflake as the CDW, dbt for data transformation, and Tableau for analytics.
Our delivery team executed over 10 agile sprints that delivered prioritized analytics capabilities, dashboards, and reports to the business:
Success Through a Modernized Strategy
The executive leadership and steering committee gained a deeper understanding of how forward-thinking companies innovate by using data and analytics as core corporate assets to make informed business decisions. They adopted the business outcome-focused roadmap and began using the insights from analytics in their engagement with their colleagues and clients.
The business leaders actively participate in the C4E foundation and use insights from the series of dashboards delivered to improve their business outcomes across the company’s functional areas and business units, and included the following use cases to solve critical business issues:
Through Smartbridge’s expertise and agile delivery, the program drove value-creation across all business units, which the previous efforts did not deliver.
The program has continued to be successful after the initial delivery cycles. Smartbridge continues to work jointly with the client’s team to deliver the data and analytics roadmap initiatives. The CEO received very positive feedback from the executive leadership and has increased the data and analytics program funding to continue transforming the company into an information-driven organization.
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