Tuesday 9 April 2013
Weston's founder and Chairman, Bob Weston, envisaged a solution that would provide immediate access to the latest achievements against the business Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). To realise this goal, Weston Homes commissioned COINS to create a set of dashboards that provide a view of weekly, monthly and year-to-date progress, compared against target for sales, financial and other KPIs.
The dashboards use graphical representation and the detail behind any of the indicators can be drilled into by simply clicking on the relevant dashboard graphic. The KPIs are refreshed every 15 minutes and displayed on plasma screens located in Weston's Head office, including the Chairman's office. The dashboards were developed to Weston's specific requirements by COINS consultant Yan Llamas, using the OA Report Designer.
Weston upgraded their hardware solution in order to support an implementation of COINS Open Architecture and Executive Dashboards. As a result, they became the first COINS customer to go live on a new infrastructure platform using the Linux operating system.
Stuart Thomas, Weston Homes' Finance Director, says "Weston Group purchased a COINS solution in 2002. We were attracted by the potential to deliver a single, integrated business solution that would support and serve all divisions and departments of our business. This is a key differentiator of COINS. There is no other solution provider to my knowledge that offers a complete, integrated answer to the business software requirements for the industry."
Jane Falzon, Project Manager at Weston, adds "The COINS OA Executive dashboards are now live and we are very pleased with the results. The dashboards are delivering what was promised and now that we can see what is achievable, we are using our experience to further enhance the solution."
Weston Homes Plc specialises in the development of brownfield sites throughout the South East of England. The Company delivered operating profits of over £19m in 2005 on the back of almost £100m turnover and, at the current time, has nearly 2500 units at various stages of the development cycle. The Weston Group also comprises a conference and serviced office business and an aviation business that operates The London Heliport at Battersea.
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