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12 Microsoft Power BI success stories

Thor Olavsrud | Aug. 17, 2017
Microsoft Power BI provides organisations with self-service business intelligence tools that allow users to analyse, visualise and share data using the familiar Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Here are 12 success stories built on Power BI.

By implementing Power BI to combine the data and build analytical reports, Helse Vest reduced the time to build reports from 14 days to less than one day. Employees can now use the solution to view and visualize data from multiple hospitals in the region.

"We can visualize our medical data much more quickly and easily than before. Our reports and more dynamic and more detailed than anything we've seen before," says Anund Rannestad, head of innovation for Stavanger University Hospital, the second-largest hospital in the Helse Vest system.

For instance, Helse Vest can now view combined surgery data, providing the ability to compare operating checklist trends from the different hospitals in the region.

"We now have real-time data, which means we get updated data metrics for the staff at each hospital," Rannestad says. “This will help us act on those metrics much sooner, while the metrics are still valid for the staff, and we believe this will have a significant positive impact on patient safety measures."


MediaCom boosts productivity and optimizes ad campaigns

Global advertising agency MediaCom needed to measure the health of ad campaigns it created to optimize performance and spending. It needed to pull together the results into a single, composite score within hours. But it was faced with isolated systems, a variety of third-party data sources and expensive and complicated BI software.

With Microsoft and Power BI, MediaCom created a "health check" that quickly captured the many facets of a multi-platform media campaign, boosting productivity by 10 percent and gain anywhere from thousands to millions of dollars per campaign.

"Power BI will fundamentally change the way we manage campaign performance," says Lowell Simpson, CIO of MediaCom. "Digital moves much faster than traditional campaigns, so gaining the ability to optimize all channels on a daily basis is a real improvement."


North Tees uses BI to boost clinical outcomes

For years, the North Tees and Hartlepool National Health Services Foundation Trust used an on-premises Ascribe clinical intelligence system to track the clinical use of drugs, the costs associated and efficacy of treatment. But the system did not allow North Tees to include external data sets or explore the data in real-time.

Then North Tees become a test site for a self-service BI toolset based on Power BI. Developers took an extract of North Tees data and imported it into a Power Pivot model built in a day; previously, it would've taken five days. Now North Tees can incorporate external data sets into its analyses, deliver more intuitive and persuasive reports and reduce costs.

"With Microsoft Power BI and Ascribe, we could understand which bacteria are resistant to which antibiotics in various areas at various times," says Prof. Philip Dean, head of the Department of Pharmacy and Quality Control Laboratory Services at the North Tees and Hartlepool National Health Services Trust. "We could understand how socio-economic status affects the health of, and medicines used by, our population. There's virtually nothing we can't understand better with this technology."


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