Network Rail has taken an embedded analytics route to playing a role in the £2.1bn Crossrail project, due for completion in 2018. The rail infrastructure authority has chosen LogiXML to access investment, risk and performance metrics.
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The Network Rail Crossrail Systems team needed reporting tools to be more responsive and operate in real time, the organisation said in a press statement.
“The most important feature we sought from an alternative reporting solution was agility,” said Paul Sadd, application development manager for the Network Rail Crossrail Systems team.
"The BI [business intelligence] capabilities offered by LogiXML’s platform, Logi Info, deliver this, giving us greater reporting and analytics speed and consistency, taking data from a huge range of disparate sources," he added.
The statement said that the data visualisation platform has reduced the organisation’s reliance on Excel – viewed internally as a “very positive cultural step".
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“If an executive or operational manager is having a discussion about a particular element of the project, with a press of the refresh button they know that they are looking at the most up-to-date information, in a graphical format, that makes sense for that specific part of the business,” said Sadd.