Helping customers optimize their data in the highly scrutinized environments of public and third sector organizations is no easy task. UK-based consultancy Integratis has been delivering tailored solutions in strategy development and business planning to their private, public and third sector clients since 2014. As a rapidly growing company in a constantly changing market, Integratis implemented the Alteryx Analytic Process Automation Platform™ to strengthen and differentiate their customer offerings and remain true to their core value of data-led decision making.
Neil Ross, founder at Integratis, spent over 25 years working in leadership and change management, where he identified a need for a more data-driven approach. “Organizations are faced with challenging conditions and are having to make decisions that impact on customers, employees, people, families and communities,” Ross says. “It is simply not good enough to go on instinct and minimal data — you need that robust body of evidence combined with forensic analysis to create real and meaningful insights that support decision-making.” As a curious person, Ross is always unwilling to accept a conclusion at face value, wanting to delve deeper and ask more questions to develop understanding and reveal meaningful insights, and it is with this ethos that the Integratis team serve their customers.
“Senior stakeholders, funders, CEOs, and CFOs are beginning to ask questions on future viability and what shape and scale services can be delivered at,” Ross says. “We can use Alteryx to model scenarios relating to demand or resources, and help our clients understand what the immediate future holds, and how it could change in an uncertain world.”
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Transparency and traceability at every step
As the business grew, so did the need for integration with multiple systems and applications, and the team at Integratis began evaluating platforms that would help them meet the demands of larger datasets. Graeme Atkinson, associate consultant at Integratis, was becoming increasingly frustrated with the limited capabilities of Microsoft Access and Excel, and the lack of consistency this offered when collaborating across teams.
“I would work through a large process and share with Neil, and then we would hit a run-time error, or the system would crash, Atkinson says. “We needed a system which would allow us to collaborate effectively with full traceability at every step.” In the public sector, the need for transparency is particularly pertinent with stringent and often unpredictable auditing demands. With the Alteryx APA Platform it is easy to demonstrate the efficacy of an approach with built-in documentation at each stage of a process or workflow.
Both Ross and Atkinson worked with the Alteryx team on three proof-of-concept exercises, including benchmarking, financial modelling and time/series forecasting to test the platform. For Atkinson, it was fascinating to uncover yet more capabilities as they added more tests. “I hadn’t realized just how many technology integrations you could achieve with Alteryx and the sheer scale of the data you can link to. The proof-of-concept exercises were revealing capabilities that we could instantly put into practice with current projects.”