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Flybe unconvinced by benefits of SAP HANA, opts for QlikView

Derek du Preez | April 19, 2013
The European airline claims that the in-memory tool was too expensive

"Our biggest challenge was convincing the business, we had a lot of work to do there. But we were doing a proof of concept and selling QlikView on that to get buy in. It worked - in six weeks we delivered a solution. Over the next six months we enhanced it and whenever they asked for customised views we were able to create it that week. The business saw the rapid development process," explained Davies.

Flybe has found that since implementing the QlikView platform, it has been able to reduce its fuel costs and better manage the way pilots fly the planes. Fuel is a huge cost for airlines and small changes in price can have a big impact on profits.

"Flight efficiency was a very good example. We wanted to look at fuel costs and the way that we were flying our planes. Basically we had a lot of canned reports that would go out to the business and they would have to sift through all that information and try and figure it out themselves," said Davies.

"In two weeks we were able to create a dashboard that complemented these canned reports. It's now a very mature application that we are using in many different ways to try and influence pilot behaviour, view where our fuel costs are."


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