Rapid Analytics Mart (RAM)

Delivering organisation wide metrics

Providing visibility of business performance across a range of organisation-wide metrics using dashboards and scorecards has traditionally been difficult to achieve. Management need a single view of metrics with accurate information to support decision making.

Most organisations attempt to deliver this functionality using several different means however most of these projects fail to deliver any real business value. Some of the traditional approaches and there drawbacks include:

Providing visibility of business performance across a range of organisation-wide metrics using dashboards and scorecards has traditionally been difficult to achieve. Management need a single view of metrics with accurate information to support decision making. Most organisations attempt to deliver this functionality using several different means however most of these projects fail to deliver any real business value. Some of the traditional approaches and there drawbacks include:

Attempting to extend the current enterprise data warehouse – often time consuming and complex

Purchase an industry/specific point “reporting” solution – inflexible in nature and costly

Reporting directly off the underlying source data – generally limited to a single data source

Develop a bespoke solution – as often the data is not available to support the reports or is not numeric

What is needed is a solution optimised for analytics, utilising a prebuilt structure that is standardised and reusable. To have true versatility it must bolt-on to standard data sources with prebuilt extractors. CDP RAM does exactly this.

CDP RAM solution

RAM is a flexible strategic platform designed to deliver organisational wide metrics quickly without the need for extensive data warehouse development.

CDP’s Rapid Analytical Mart (RAM) fills a specific gap in the information supply chain that is difficult to address with the traditional enterprise data warehouse. It enables organisations to rollout strategic reporting quickly. Specifically an executive dashboard presenting the key business process metrics needed to support a defined requirement. The prebuilt reports and the mart itself are designed in such a way to minimise the need for any heavy customisation.

Approved by IBM, and built using the IBM Infosphere platform including IBM InfoSphere DataStage, IBM Cognos TM1 and IBM Cognos Business Intelligence, RAM includes an “out of the box” framework that can be installed and then integrated into your environment.

Key benefits

  • RAM provides a number of benefits:
  • Rapid – implement quickly, running in days not weeks
  • Speed – speed of delivery of key data
  • Flexibility – the business see only the KPI’s that they need
  • Drive – leverage the investment you have made in IBM technology
  • (IBM Cognos TM1/Planning, IBM InfoSphere DataStage,
    IBM Cognos Business Intelligence)

What you get

The CDP RAM solution includes:

  • A selection of databases containing all the tables and objects needed
    to deliver the metrics
  • A scoring engine designed to process the data from your organisation
  • A set of the top 50 metrics and accompanying information used by most companies
  • A set of Cognos Reports containing Scorecards and Dashboards
  • RAM Dashboard 1
  • RAM Dashboard 2
  • RAM Scorecard

Why CDP RAM?

CDP RAM provides:

  • A unique solution containing industry proven practice
  • Developed and refined over numerous implementations
  • 20 specialist performance management experts to assist
  • Exclusively available from CDP

Your return on investment

Return on investment can be achieved early in the project as the solution already includes prebuilt components shortening the development time required.

Return on investment can occur in a number of ways including:

  • Gaining competitive advantage quickly through the use (and confidence)
    of reliable information and being in a position to act on that information quickly
  • Recognising potential failure early and being in a position to change course if needed
  • Understanding areas in your business where targets are not being achieved
  • Monitoring your progress towards key strategic goals

CDP RAM solution framework

CDP Rapid Analytics Mart