About the service
Our Business Intelligence as a Service (BIaaS) team started out life when we described the infrastructure and processes we had put in for our own purposes: cloud, hybrid and on-premises servers, data models, automated data transform and load processes etc to clients and we somewhat surprised to be told “we want that capability as a service”.
It has grown to be one of our biggest services lines.
Over the last couple of years we have worked with clients across the UK public sector, including Healthcare, Education, Police and Defense. This includes:
- conducting large scale data migrations
- data warehouse and ETL development
- reporting and visualisation solutions including data acquisition
- managed refresh and alerting, and
- integration and consolidation of legacy data sources.
A significant part of this service involves working alongside client resources in a collaborative mentorship role, so that knowledge transfer occurs seamlessly and in an ongoing fashion. These engagements predominantly involve working on client site with the Microsoft BI stack (SQL Server SSIS, SSAS, SSRS), but also Tableau, Qlikview, and increasingly involve building this capability in the cloud (Azure, Power BI, or bespoke web development using Ruby on Rails, .NET, HTML5, Java and AngularJS) depending on client requirements.
Scoping of work packages typically occurs using an agile development approach with rapid turnaround of deliverables over several iterations.