iDecisions™, the intellectual property (IP) of Tech Mahindra, is a packaged, customization-friendly, open BI application with a suite of industry solutions for industries including banking, insurance, telecom, education, manufacturing, retail, travel and logistics, pharmaceutical, and healthcare. The solution also provides horizontal offerings for finance, human resources, procurement, sales, and customer intelligence.
iDecisions™ contains industry best practices such as key performance indicators (KPIs), logical data models, analytical templates, dashboards, and processes. The IP itself is technology-agnostic and works with any user interface, database, and extract, transform and load (ETL) tool. The solution helps speed time-to-market for BI solutions and significantly mitigates the risk of failed implementation.
Customers have the option of deploying iDecisions™ BI solutions on any tool stack, or they can look at integrating the solution with their existing infrastructure. However, these approaches could result in a complex, expensive solution that uses an assortment of disparate products. So Tech Mahindra decided to offer customers another option –they could deploy a prebuilt BI solution bundled with an integrated BI tool stack Solution
As an early adopter of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise data management software, Tech Mahindra believed that Microsoft had the right platform for its BI solutions. When Tech Mahindra began exploring SQL Server products, it was already looking forward to implementing its BI solutions in the cloud with the Windows Azure platform and services and products such as Windows Azure and Microsoft SQL Azure. Some customers could go directly to the cloud to build new infrastructure and take advantage of cloud-based scalability, while others might choose a hybrid cloud solution.
End users can work with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 PowerPivot in Microsoft Excel 2010, which includes the SQL Server 2012 xVelocity in-memory analytics engine. The engine features columnar indexes and runs in-memory in Excel to provide blazing performance. They can also use Power View, an interactive data exploration tool with a graphical user interface that operates in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and provides powerful custom reporting capabilities.
Tech Mahindra can cut implementation time and costs, improve user experience, and support future innovations with a Microsoft BI solution that includes cloud deployment.
Easier Deployment and Faster Time-to- Market
Tech Mahindra believes that customers worldwide will have an easier deployment and faster time-to-market with the iDecisions™ framework and Microsoft products. “From a business perspective, SQL Server 2012 with its built-in BI capabilities will be quite attractive to customers,” says Koona. The iDecisions-based BI solution on a Microsoft platform offers a very affordable and compelling solution.”
Rapid implementation will also help companies cut costs and achieve faster return on investment.
Tech Mahindra can introduce more customers to its BI solutions with cloud-based deployment. According to Tech Mahindra, the Windows Azure platform is ideal for companies that want to avoid lengthy deployment or additional infrastructure investment. ”If a customer wants to implement a reporting service in a traditional environment, he might need to purchase a server and a whole stack of software, and it could take a couple of months to implement the project,” says Bhaskar Thungathurti, Senior Solution Architect at Tech Mahindra. “But with Windows Azure, I can start generating reports within days and pay for infrastructure on a pay-per-use basis.”
Improved End-User Experience
In addition to easing deployment, the streamlined solution also offers a better working environment for end users. “The moment they log on to the SharePoint 2010 portal, they can do all of their daily work—including documentation, reporting, and dashboarding—all at one place,” says Thungathurti. “As a result, they save time and they’re more productive.”
Better Platform for Business Intelligence
The Tech Mahindra and Microsoft solution provides a better platform for business intelligence, and the company anticipates an expanding opportunities the BI marketplace for its offering.