About Derome

From forest to finished house
Derome is one of Sweden’s largest family-owned wood industries dating back to 1946. Wood is “the green thread” in operations where the forest becomes wood products, houses, construction elements and environment friendly bioenergy.

DEROME SHALL BE SWEDEN’S LEADING TIMBER BUSINESS
Derome’s business concept is based on processing and supplying timber and building materials in a way that is rational for the customer. A long-term approach characterises our operations and is reflected in business relations, investments and in the business culture. The aim is to be at the forefront when it comes to innovation and technical equipment in order to offer products and services that correspond well with what the market wants.

CONTROL OVER THE CHAIN – SECURITY FOR THE CUSTOMER
With our own production plants in several locations, Derome can offer a unique range of products and services, both for the Swedish market and for a number of export countries. With many years’ experience of wood, Derome supplies quality at the right price, at the set time and place, and with personal treatment and a high level of service.

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Derome deploys TimeXtender to improve decision-making process with a modern data estate

 

Derome is one of Sweden’s largest family-owned wood industries dating back to 1946. Wood is “the green thread” in the operations of this company, where the forest becomes wood products, houses, construction elements and environment friendly bioenergy. By being at the forefront of innovation, the company aims to become Sweden’s leading timber business.

The move toward an offsite approach to building, as well as the digitization of products and processes  – often powered by advancements in automation, machine learning, and AI –  are just some of the changes the construction industry is facing. Andreas Foda CIO at Derome: “These trends have one thing in common: they involve data, of which our business can retrieve valuable insights to improve overall quality and reduce risk. In order to remain on the forefront of innovation we therefore realized we had to invest a ‘single source of truth’ for all of our data.”

“With TimeXtender we transform any data source we want into purposeful information. This allows every employee at our company to make better decisions faster on key aspects of our business.”
Andreas Foda CIO at Derome

Prior to the deployment of TimeXtender, Derome was already doing a lot of work within the field of reporting and analytics. With partner Visma bWise, the group deployed BI applications with Qlik a decade ago, to simplify data analysis and to create reports and dashboards. Niclas Wigh, Country Manager at Visma bWise, explains: “It is used to be said that the majority of the world’s data has been generated in the last two years alone.” This also applies to Derome. Over the years, the environment we deployed with Qlik expanded over business areas, brands, new applications and data sources. The result was starting to turn into a spaghetti environment: data lineage and data alignment became a burden. It was time to move the logic out of Qlik into a data warehouse environment, to be less dependent on the visualization tools. When the company announced to replace multiple ERP-systems with one common enterprise software solution, we felt this was a unique opportunity to professionalize with a data management platform, in order to automate the process of getting data ready for analysis.”

Andreas Foda, CIO at Derome: “We immediately liked the suggestion to build a strong future-proof foundation for all our data, and to do this alongside the deployment of our new ERP-system. The data our company generates to extract business insights from will only grow, from inbound supply chain data, production data, sales data to shipping and logistics data. We needed one place to automate the process of merging, rationalizing, and preparing data for analysis. That is exactly what Visma bWise proposed us with TimeXtender.”

“The data our company generates to extract business insights from only grows, from inbound supply chain data, production data, sales data to shipping and logistics data. We needed one place to automate the process of merging, rationalizing, and preparing data for analysis.”
Niclas Wigh Country Manager at Visma bWise

The deployment of TimeXtender was done simultaneously with the roll-out of the new ERP-system. Niclas Wigh, Country Manager for Visma bWise: “TimeXtender is a very quick tool, even for conceptualization, and having TimeXtender in place supported the deployment of a new ERP system. We were able to explore different data sets from the ERP system from the early test environments of the ERP system, which helped the team to swiftly iterate and develop the required calculation logic without losing sight on the big picture. After the first couple of months we extracted over 150 tables from the ERP system and other data sources. This is just the start, but this amount of data alone would be impossible to manage in terms of data lineage without a data warehouse.”

With the deployment of TimeXtender, Derome feels it has completed another important digital transformation project in order to continue to lead their industry.

Andreas Foda CIO at Derome: “By having access to information from various sources in one single platform, decision makers will no longer need to rely on limited data. In addition to this, as all our data is transformed into a consistent format, which means that each business unit now consistent results. In other words, we now avail over one single source of truth. With TimeXtender we transform any data source we want into purposeful information, that can be analysed with the preferred visualisation tool of the business user. This allows every employee at our company to make better decisions faster on key aspects of our business.”

Customer Background

Swedish reseller with own brand and warehouse and manufacturer of wood products, houses, construction elements and environment friendly bioenergy.

“It used to be said that the majority of the world’s data has been generated in the last two years alone. This implies that businesses who want to remain in the forefront need to accelerate their initiatives to build a modern a data estate for analytics and AI.”
Niclas Wigh, Sverigechef/Country Manager at Visma bWise

Challenges

  • Managing several disparate data sources for manufacturing, sales, supply chain and more
  • With a growing amount of data sources to gain insights from the company required one platform to automate the process of documenting, merging, rationalizing, and preparing data
  • In need of a ‘single source of truth’ for data to report consistently across business areas
  • Build BI solution in parallel with ERP customization and deployment, whilst not all processes had been finalized, requiring a way of quickly adapting calculations in response to changes in the source data

Solution

The Swedish partner Visma bWise deployed TimeXtender to automate data management for analytics and AI.

Benefits

  • Fully automated and streamlined process to prepare data for analysis and reporting
  • More insights in the business and the ability to make better decisions faster
  • One source of truth: the metrics that are reported on are consistent throughout the organization
  • The organization can capitalize on more data sources than before – today in the future

 

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