Theoris Vision SoftwareREVIEWER: Andrew Payne, director of IT at ProLiance Energy, LLC.

BACKGROUND: ProLiance Energy LLC is a natural gas marketer headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, with sales offices in Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Texas. ProLiance serves natural gas customers in 18 states in the midwest and southeast.

PLATFORMS: Compaq ProLiant DL 380 Server with dual 3.06 GHz processors and 50GB of storage running Windows 2003 Server, SQL Server and Windows XP on the client.

PROBLEM SOLVED:  Prior to Theoris Vision Software, ProLiance had no formal BI system. We had a very limited number of IT resources available to support BI tools, and no time or budget to spend months or years implementing a legacy BI solution. We wanted a solution to monitor and report on our key performance indicators (KPIs) that would provide our decision-makers with solid business information versus data, in an automated, consistent fashion without the significant maintenance required by traditional BI tools.  The KPIs identified by our organization were quickly and simply built by tapping into the data in our existing enterprise systems, management reports and accounting systems. More importantly, we were able to access the data whether in an Excel spreadsheet, an HTML report or an ODBC compliant database, eliminating redundancy and avoiding the high costs associated with building a data warehouse.

PRODUCT FUNCTIONALITY: In all critical areas of the business, Theoris Vision Software has enabled us to track the metrics from ProLiance's disparate data sources in a single dashboard view for our key executives and managers. We now have charts and graphs and other visualization views that include our core business metric. With the click of a button, key executives or managers can click and drill down for deeper analysis. We are now able to make smarter business decisions to improve the business performance like we were never able to do before. The solution has eliminated an extremely tedious and manual process of gathering spreadsheets, database information and HTML information from the Web and features drag-and-drop dashboard creation. Key benefits realized include improved risk management and elimination of report backlog and delay. Additionally, decision-makers are empowered with critical performance data and business information in a highly graphical, intuitive presentation that's available with a Web-based interface, anywhere, anytime.

STRENGTHS: Theoris Vision Software was the only solution we evaluation that could be quickly deployed. Installation took less than a day and was also easily configured. The software didn't require any programming or APIs. With Theoris Vision Software, we've been able to easily tap into our existing spreadsheets, reports and database systems, eliminating the need for separate, redundant data warehouse. The key benefit of Theoris Vision Software is that we are able to gather data from disparate systems and aggregate that data into a single chart.

WEAKNESSES: We were hoping to display a line chart on top of a bar chart to track one of our specific KPIs, and Theoris Vision Software was not able to aid us in this regard.

SELECTION CRITERIA: We required a solution that offered ease of use, no data warehouse and minimal IT support. After seeing Theoris Vision Software and how powerful and easy it is to install, implement and deploy, ProLiance made the investment in Theoris.

DELIVERABLES: Our key deliverable was a graphical key performance indicator tracker in a Web-based, dashboard view that key executives and other decision-makers could use to inform them of where they should focus their attention to ensure better business performance.

VENDOR SUPPORT: Theoris Vision Software customer support services has been tremendous! They have been with us every step of the way. They are highly responsive and, best of all, we always get to speak with a live human being! We have only good things to say about Theoris Vision Software customer support services.

DOCUMENTATION: The documentation is simple and direct and, when needed, has proved helpful.

Theoris Vision Software
Theoris, Inc.
8888 Keystone Crossing
Suite 1550
Indianapolis, IN 46240

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