Office Depot Leans on CData to Deliver Real-Time Data Connectivity in its Journey to the Cloud
Office Depot deployed CData’s real-time connectivity solutions to modernize access to critical data for analytics in less than 4 weeks
CData Software, a premier provider of real-time data connectivity and integration solutions, has enabled Office Depot to modernize its data infrastructure in the cloud without sacrificing its existing analytics processes, saving the major retailer months of custom development time.
Office Depot has become an increasingly data-driven organization with thousands of internal users across its merchandising, retail, and supply chain divisions demanding real-time access to critical business data. The company needed both a flexible, scalable data storage solution, and the ability for line-of-business users to easily access and analyze their data. To meet these needs, Office Depot migrated its data to the cloud and leveraged CData to provide real-time data connectivity.
After moving its data from a legacy on-premises data warehouse to Snowflake, Office Depot faced the challenge of connecting the data to their existing SSAS multidimensional MDX analytics cubes. To get the data connected and reporting processes running smoothly again, Office Depot turned to CData to bridge the gap.
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“CData offered a drop-in replacement — nothing had to be redesigned. We could simply reconfigure the cubes to get them working”
CData’s real-time data drivers provided the retailer with an out-of-the-box solution to connect its Snowflake data with its existing analytics cubes, saving Office Depot’s IT team months of custom development work re-engineering the cubes to work with Snowflake.
“CData offered a drop-in replacement — nothing had to be redesigned. We could simply reconfigure the cubes to get them working” says Terry Campbell, Office Depot Sr. IT Manager. “CData was really a hidden gem for us to find the technology to allow us to move forward.”
The partnership between CData and Office Depot has had a significant impact across its different departments, from the supply chain to the sales floor. Business units now have undisrupted access to real-time data in their preferred analytics platform. Supply chain leaders can monitor performance and fill-rate of their supply-chain-as-a-service initiative, while retail store managers can view their store’s sales compared to others in the district, and analysts can develop performance reports faster to enable better-informed business decisions.
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“We’re happy to provide Office Depot with solutions to support their growing data needs,” says Amit Sharma, CEO and co-founder of CData. “Together with our partner Snowflake, we can assist enterprises like Office Depot to easily modernize their data strategy and enable everyone across the organization to make better-informed business decisions.”
CData provides real-time data connectivity solutions that empower organizations to simplify data access, eliminate data silos, and break down barriers to business insights. CData is committed to helping organizations modernize their data strategy in the cloud. Recently, the company announced the availability of CData Connect Cloud, a platform that provides real-time data access to hundreds of SaaS applications, databases, and systems from within a unified cloud hub, allowing business users and IT alike to access live data from – when and where they need it most.