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Business intelligence at IRRI

posted Jun 21, 2017, 6:03 AM by Caroline Nzui   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 6:09 AM ]

By Marco Vanderberg

There is a growing demand for business analytics and data visualizations from OCS. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) began evaluating third party data visualization tools, and selected Qlik Sense during the first half of 2016. The tool allows rapid development and deployment of dashboards and graphic reports from OCS. It provides the organization’s management with an overall view of financial, human resources and grants portfolios, and enables deeper analyses of data from its ERP system. 

Some of the reports and dashboards that have been developed are grant execution, CRP and Window 1+2 budget and expenditure, expense by location, ending grants vs pipeline and funding opportunity dashboard, among others.
Below are some visualization screenshots.

Expenditure Dashboard

Grant Execution Dashboard

Funding opportunity dashboard

CRP budget and expenditure

Qlik Sense BI is not only used in OCS as a complementary system, but also serves existing systems such as the Helpdesk. IRRI’s implementation of Qlik Sense is extensible and can accommodate other data sources. The Management Information Systems Unit is collaborating with other IRRI users and developers outside the Information, Knowledge and Systems office to promote the use of Qlik Sense BI in research and other research support areas in the institute. For more information on Qlik Sense BI and its implementation at IRRI, you can contact Marco van den Berg at m.vandenberg@irri.org.