“Everything we do here at Montgomery Transport involves data,” says Alan McCraney. “Every team across the organization is broadly affected by it. That being said, the industry, as a whole, is very slow to take action to drive change using data.” McCraney is the director of business intelligence at Montgomery Transport, a nationwide, leading flatbed carrier specializing in over-length hauls.
“When I arrived here, the data management systems were unable to communicate with each other. There was only one analyst using Tableau, but he was unable to schedule out any reports which meant he had to spend most of his time compiling data to feed Tableau,” McCraney says. “So, reports on truck driver metrics weren’t matching up, payroll spreadsheets were unorganized, and closing for month-end was very time consuming.” McCraney chuckles as he continues, “On a scale of one to ten of how the data was managed, we were at a three.”
“Our company runs a large amount of processes through reporting data that was entered by multiple departments through VLookups in Excel. Manual entry and reporting can lead to discrepancies and is also tremendously time consuming. My ideal solution was technology that was easy to set up and effective at driving change quickly. It could free up time for me and my team, and publish to Tableau Server so that our executive team could get easy access to insights.”