Sending your business data to an accountant to create a report is a thing from the past. More and more companies are deploying business intelligence suites to measure and manage their data in an immediate and collaborative way, accessible across the organisation. With seven businesses in Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill, as well as wholesale warehouses and a distribution network covering the whole country, tracking and analysing business data is vital for Headquarters Hairdressing.
The company, established by Jo Morshius in Dunedin in 1972, has grown to become a nationwide business and the Schwarzkopf distributor in the country. Southern Salon Supplies, a wholesale of salon products and furniture, is also part of the group.
Nearly two years ago, the company decided to deploy the Information Manager from Sage and its cube reporting tool. “We looked at it because we needed specialised reports and, before this, it used to take us hours to do what we can now do in minutes. It gives me everything right there and then,” says general manager Jo S’ua.
“We get reports every day. I have more information at my fingertips and I have a cross-section of information,” she adds.
The tool is now used widely by the company’s representatives and S’ua is able to “see their figures and create a top-100 (sales representatives) report”.
S’ua says that the BI tool has become an indispensable part of the business and the company “would not do without it” anymore.
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