Sager Creek Vegetable Company (Sager Creek) is a division of Del Monte Foods, Inc. The manufacturer produces canned fruit and vegetable products for many well-known brands, including Popeye™ and Freshlike™.
- Insight into the database required complex data blending across several data languages
- Efforts to connect to data from two huge production environments took two years
Now with Tableau and Alteryx Sager Creek was able to:
- Provide a view across multiple environments in just 8 hours
- Give decision makers the ability to quickly identify top-performing areas & those areas that need work
- Analyze millions of rows of data
- Understand and control everyday processes
- Plan for the future with predictive analyses
Tableau: What goals have you achieved with Tableau?
Matthew Hughes, Sr. Manager of Business Intelligence: We try to tell a story of many, many, many people's actions all at one time and identify where we could do better and where we're doing well.
You just want to understand what behavior caused the result. And at the end of the day, what was the result? What was it yesterday compared to today? And what do we expect tomorrow?
But at a transaction level, can I predict what that asset is going to do? Can I predict what that asset is going to do when I put this person on it? Can I predict what it will do when I put this person on it during this shift?
Right there you're talking 20,000 lines of transactional data over just a couple days. And to do that for an entire plant where there are 300 people and 100 assets, three shifts—it's amazing. It just gets me excited to think we can actually crunch that and answer that question.
Tableau: How has Tableau inspired your team?
Matthew: You connected two, you know, huge production environment systems in eight hours with a few thousand dollars and three people, and suddenly you've got stuff that they couldn't do for two years with an entire IT team. And that's what's inspiring about it.
Tableau: What questions have you been able to answer with Tableau?
Matthew: So much has to do with the volume of transactions. If you can record the abilities of your assets and say what happens historically when I change these things about these assets? Then you really empower them.
But then you step back and you say, "Now, what combination of that with the timing of our commodities coming in at the back of the plant, all these vegetables pouring off of trucks." You know, what happens when we start to put those together and say, "Now, really, predictively, what can we do when the timing is this and our assets are running like this?"
And that's the stuff you can hand over to a plant manager or a C-level executive and say, "You've got an immense amount of information control over the environment."