Crider Foods

Crider Foods partners with CHAMPS Analytics to get real-time analytics and reports

“Qlik really is affecting every level of our company. It is changing our culture. Previously, there was at least a week delay in consuming the data generated from production. There were tons of inconsistencies and errors, and it was too late to really figure out why. Now, with live info, we can immediately address problems. Now we can finally trust our data as we see it.”

- Joshua Poole, Director of Purchasing and ERP at Crider Foods

User Adoption and Impact of Qlik

Crider Foods partners with CHAMPS Analytics to get real-time analytics and reports. The user adoption improved drastically following implementation. Our company relied solely on reports generated from Excel which was extremely slow and manual. What few automatic reports we did have were very limited in what they could show, and hard to export to work with the data. Everyone had their own set of data that they trusted. Implementation of Qlik helped us all read from the same source, and have quickly available, accurate data. This means we spend more time using the data to make better decisions than we do putting the data together, which is a huge shift for us.

We initially planned to slowly roll Qlik out to our team, a little at a time, over the course of 6 to 12 months. As soon as we got it installed, we quickly had dozens of people asking for access. CHAMPS Analytics did a great job giving us reports, and Qlik is easy enough to learn to use, that several in our team immediately jumped into it and started modifying their own reports. Within a month, we were up and running in multiple departments, and we easily started recognizing value in the first month. Now we can hardly remember not having Qlik, as it has become essential to what we do.

Recognizing Business Value

Previously, we had several high-level employees spending large portions of their time generating reports. Now that they do not have to make these reports manually, they have more time to spend on the factory floor. Their additional time alone has generated enough savings to pay for the implementation. Additionally, the reports we now have in Qlik are more accurate, and available much sooner, so we are able to solve problems much faster. Our efficiencies are up several percent over what they were. Our accuracy in entering data is literally twice as good as it was prior to Qlik.

Qlik really is affecting every level of our company. It is changing our culture. Previously, there was at least a week delay in consuming the data generated from production. There were tons of inconsistencies and errors, and it was too late to really figure out why. Now, with live info, we can immediately address problems. Now we can finally trust our data as we see it. I would say this impacts the top-level management team the most. They are able to trust the data and be comfortable knowing that everyone will provide them with data that does not contradict one another.

Qlik Adoption

Qlik has greatly impacted our company culture. We were a company that was very good at "Putting out fires." We constantly jumped on the biggest problem of the day, worked on it until something bigger came along. Now, we can understand where our repeat problems are, and direct more attention to thoroughly solving them and addressing the root causes, instead of getting side-tracked on the flavor of the day. Employees entering information now also know that the information is being used, and that they will have to answer for it if there is an issue, and previously we struggled with accountability.

Qlik Partner Program & CHAMPS Analytics

CHAMPS Analytics has been a crucial partner in our journey to a data driven organization. Their expertise is really what got us to a return on our investment in Qlik quickly. I went into it planning on doing it myself to save money, because how hard could it be, right? CHAMPS Analytics was able to immediately bring more to the table than I could have dreamed, turning around powerful, professional looking dashboards in unbelievable time. CHAMPS Analytics really know their stuff. They are always available to jump into a call to address anything urgent. I would recommend CHAMPS Analytics to anyone looking to implement Qlik.

Results & Client Value

Crider Foods gained the following:

  • Data integrity provides accurate views for better analysis and decision making
  • Live data immediately identifies any problem areas which can be solved quickly
  • Manual report generation has been eliminated allowing factory floor utilization to increase
  • Organization is now data-driven leading to efficiency gains and significant cost savings

 

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