Hfele International, a leading global company specializing in furniture and construction fittings, electronic closure systems and technical property consulting for fittings, has deployed QlikView, QlikTech's business analysis solution, to analyze and improve business performance. During the initial implementation phase, Hfele deployed QlikView at three of its subsidiary companies. Overwhelming positive user response during initial deployment has prompted the company to standardize on QlikView worldwide at the remaining 27 locations.
With priorities ranging from production and distribution challenges, to overall order processing, Hfele International was challenged with streamlining the company's entire inventory as well as analyzing the company's sales information in order to grow the business. With these priorities in mind, Hfele turned to QlikView to improve sales analysis and management of inventory levels. Today, all of the company's products can be analyzed according to criteria such as overstock or understock, purchasing agents, and product groups.
In the future, Hfele will also expand its use of QlikView to perform custom analysis and presentation of actual versus forecast comparisons, which is currently being performed with an application developed internally.
"All users should be in the position to carry out their analysis independently thus relieving the IT division of simple routine tasks. We also needed to improve the speed of the analysis, which previously had been too slow. In addition, the system should be easy to learn in order to be able to distribute it quickly and easily into the field—for example to our 10 German sales offices," said Wolfgang Schneider, director of information technology at Hfele.
With QlikView, end users at Hfele have the freedom to analyze their business as it is relevant to them. Rather than having to get custom analysis from the IT division, QlikView users can customize their analysis with just a click without any programming knowledge. In addition to being easy to use, Hfele was able to build and deploy their base QlikView analysis in only eight days, including training of end users.
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