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Harnessing Data for Tomorrow: How VolkerWessels Transformed with Innovative Analytics Platforms

VolkerWessels is one of the largest construction companies in the Netherlands. With a focus on sustainable development, they operate globally in various sectors, including infrastructure, energy, mobility, and real estate. They offer a wide range of services, from construction and engineering to project management and maintenance, contributing to the built environment and societal progress in and outside The Netherlands.

The VolkerWessels concern yields multiple sub-companies including VolkerWessels Telecom, Visser & Smit Hanab and VolkerWessels UK. For the former two companies, Emixa assisted with the implementation of their new SaaS ERP (Microsoft Business Central) system. On top of this, a modern data landscape was requested to meet the companies’ reporting and data science needs. Similar wishes were present at VolkerWessels UK, where Emixa was asked to bring in their expertise in the field of data modelling in the construction industry.

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Business Challenges

Apart from the modernization needs of the ERP systems, also the reporting landscape was not yet at the desired maturity level. Financial and regular reporting was mostly done in Excel and a lack of a single source of truth was present in multiple reporting use cases. Besides, the platform did not allow the company to take the next step in their data journey. Data was not yet generally and quickly available in a scalable way.

Along with the new SaaS ERP solution, the desire for (extra) management and operational reports was present across nearly all business domains including finance, projects, purchasing, HR, time registration and services & maintenance.

Keys to Success

First of all, Emixa and VolkerWessels partner for many years in the area of digitalization. Among others, we have worked along in many projects related to financial consolidation, planning, IT migrations and reporting. Using this partnership as a strong foundation and key to success, also the realization of the modern data warehouses have become successful and fruitful projects.

In particular, Emixa Data & Analytics applied their expertise in the field of data to realize a modern data stack. We implemented a state-of-the-art cloud data warehouse by using the latest Microsoft Azure technology in the market. Besides, having done multiple data platform implementation projects in the construction industry, they applied their project management skills and software specific data modelling knowledge. Hence, we not only focused on the technical/IT side of the project but also focused on data ownership, standardization of business concepts, and application of the functional business requirements.

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Results

The new data platforms enable the VolkerWessels companies to consult their desired operational and management insights faster, more accurately and at larger scale. They regain trust in their data and moreover are now able to bring their data solutions live easily. By delivering over 50 dashboards across 10+ business domains, the companies’ data teams have along with Emixa grown in data professionalism, expertise and knowledge related to BI & AI.

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Emixa: enabling VolkerWessels to become more data-driven

Emixa was VolkerWessels Telecom's strategic and implementation partner for the migration to our new SaaS ERP system. With the delivery of a new data platform and dozens of reports, Data & Analytics played a significant role in this project.

VolkerWessels Telecom appreciated the collaboration with Emixa consultants because they not only mastered the technology but also had a good understanding of and knowledge about the business processes.

The excellent collaboration resulted in, aside from the modern data platform, standardized reports and insights that meet the functional requirements of our business.

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Jeroen Oude Avenhuis

Business Controller VolkerWessels Telecom

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