American Inventor and Engineer, Charles Kettering once stated,

“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” 

Look at any organization and you will find various degrees of chaos, change and uncertainty. This is certainly true when you examine the data consumed by the average business user — data is now regarded as the life blood of enterprise decisions and fuel for strategic planning.
Consider the who-what-why-whatever on your data, as well as the fact that the amount of raw data is doubling every two years, and you start to gauge the importance of data and analytics within the enterprise. And now consider how we access, manage and store this data and you start to realize why data is undergoing tremendous scrutiny and monumental change.

Change is exactly what was prescribed for MT Højgaard, a large engineering and construction company serving the Nordic region. MT Højgaard combines a wealth of experience with advanced technology to manage large building and infrastructure projects for the public and private sector. Given the complexities of its projects, instant access to reliable data is paramount. The 100-year old Danish company faced a much-needed migration process with its existing data architecture and needed to carefully consider if updated technology choices could support the unknowns of future analytics requirements. Along the transformative journey, the company encountered resistance to change and numerous roadblocks including user access issues, siloed or limited data and gated data access. Does any of this sound familiar?

 

With the TimeXtender Discovery Hub® platform, MT Højgaard had the ability to create a flexible, analytical architecture and solution that could support current hybrid and future full-cloud scenarios. MT Højgaard could now:

  • Offer users instant access to relevant data without complicating the process while keeping it simple for the users
  • Eliminate siloed, unreliable data, creating “one version of the truth”
  • Provide a self-service architecture allowing business users access to data when they need it, without IT gatekeepers

Because the Discovery Hub® platform supports Azure SQL DB, Azure Data Lake, Azure SQL DB Managed Instance, Azure Analysis Services and Azure DW (while still supporting on premise SQL Server) building out a roadmap that supports future migration to the cloud becomes easier.

An analytics architecture and solution built in Discovery Hub® can handle any variation in the underlying technology. This means that moving an entire analytical environment built in Discovery Hub®, utilizing legacy versions of SQL, to the cloud can be accomplished in as little as a day.

In “5 Steps to Overcome Resistance to Change on the BI Journey,” Mikkel Kvist, Head of the Group Business Intelligence Competency Centre at MT Højgaard, discusses how his group overcame resistance to change within the organization. Learn about the steps here.