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Floyd Chan, Qixas Group

Transforming Manufacturing Data with Power BI

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You can transform your mediocre manufacturing operations to be at its best level through business intelligence (BI). Look at the vast amount of data manufacturing produces and you can realize the limitless potential you have to use them to improve efficiency, flexibility, and visibility. Your manufacturing experience when used with a system that processes structured and unstructured data into useful and predictable insights is what business intelligence is.

Power BI is a business analytics and business intelligence tool created by Microsoft. It is a collection of software services, apps, and connectors that work together to turn your unrelated sources of data into coherent, visually immersive, and interactive insights. It can work on data from Excel spreadsheets, or a collection of on-premises hybrid data warehouses or cloud-based. With Power BI, you can create dashboards that track metrics important to you or ask questions about your data.

Power BI Benefits in Manufacturing

With Power BI, it will be easier to harness data in a fraction of the time you used to. You can capitalize on the convergence of big data and operations technology. Power BI will change how you engage with your customers, gain insights from big data, take action from big data, and how you empower your employees in your organizations. It is set to optimize your operations and change the very nature of the business models around your industrial products. Automating the process of corralling data and connecting it to KPI-centric dashboards that visualize your processes and constraints, in real-time will raise the overall performance level of manufacturing operations.


It will improve your customer engagement.

All customers demand on-time delivery, quality, cost, and predictability of service. With Power BI, it is possible to focus on every step of the production process to ensure that operations, quality control, delivery, and costs, are operating at peak efficiency. In a particular step that is deviating from the expected standard, the person responsible will be the first to sound the alarm, and the same insight is available to everyone.


You can take action promptly.

Real-time visibility of reports allows you to make decisions and act immediately instead of wasting time analyzing reports that lag by days or even weeks. Timely reports allow you to make decisions by exception on the most important issues proactively, rather than being overwhelmed by random issues that barge into your office.


It will optimize operations.

With an automated process of aggregating your data into a data warehouse, you gain the reliability of a single, scalable source of information. Everyone from the executives to the operators can navigate via a single window, in near real-time, giving them convenient access to metrics that shorten time-to-ship and order-to-cash metrics, optimize inventory, and reduce waste.


It will empower your employees.

The system will enable every employee to view a shared picture of progress against goals. The ability to identify the source of constraints will reduce fault-finding and allow operators to make critical decisions on the shop floor.


It will effectively change the nature of your business models.

You can now connect your inventory data to your suppliers and distributors, in the process of improving your supply chain efficiency and fluidity. With your predictive analytics capability, you can take actions on inventory shortages and surpluses before they happen, and alert your suppliers to inventory needs in real-time.

Learn more about how you can leverage Power BI to impact your manufacturing process and maximize your profitability by contacting Qixas Group, the experts in Microsoft Power BI.


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