Oct 6 2017

Spikes Cavell – Data Analysts #analytics, #data, #big #data, #spend #analysis, #procurement, #spend, #dashboards


We harness data and analytics to build smart, data-driven applications that solve real business problems.

Our solutions help: drive revenue growth, reduce costs, improve efficiency, monitor and measure performance or manage risk.

Our solutions help: drive local job creation, deliver more with smaller budgets, measure policy impact or manage risk.

It s all about the data


Examples of our work

Improving visibility to save a nation $1.8bn

Problem: Poor visibility over a European country’s £10bn + annual spend on goods services leading to higher costs and inefficiency in procurement.
Solution: Capture, aggregation, cleansing, classification and enrichment of spend data for over 100 separate entities. Development of an analytics platform deployed to more than 750 users and used to reduce the costs of purchased goods services at national, regional and local levels.

Predicting contract cancellation to reduce ‘churn’

Problem: 4G mobile internet provider in South East Asia suffering revenue loss due to inability to anticipate cancellation.
Solution: Analysis of subscriber records to identify patterns in advance of contract cancellation. Predictive model developed that provides marketing and customer teams with accurate indication of likelihood of cancellation to facilitate retention.

Leveraging data to indicate fraud and abuse

Problem: More effective use of data to reduce losses to fraud and financial abuse by UK Government in the giving of grants.
Solution: Review and analysis of Government data sources and development of 124 potential fraud and abuse indicators and a scoring system design to generate ranked and prioritised ‘watch lists’ to support prioritisation of investigative effort.

Standardizing across borders to drive out cost

Problem: Failure of incumbent to accurately classify a global media company’s $14bn of annual direct and indirect spend.
Solution: Capture, cleansing, classification and enrichment of spend data for 11 business units across multiple geographies. Deployment of an analytics platform to group sourcing used to reduce the costs of commonly purchased goods services.

Location: North America

Monitoring spend with minority owned businesses

Problem: Lack of metrics to monitor spend with minority owned business and track delivery of policy at a large US school district.
Solution: Transformation of spend data combined with aggregation of external minority business data to enable calculation of spend with minorities delivered as a report and updated quarterly to enable tracking of ‘direction of travel’.

Location: North America

Directing spending to create jobs and opportunity

Problem: Leverage a European country’s public spending on goods services to support the growth of the local economy.
Solution: Transformation of spend and aggregation of multiple data sources to facilitate identification and ranking of high potential categories. Delivered as an analytical application with tools to conduct outreach to encourage bid participation.

Benchmarking property assets to manage outliers

Problem: Comparative metrics to manage property costs by global property management company too time consuming to compile.
Solution: Aggregation of spend and property data to create benchmarks against which outlying properties and suppliers could be identified to target cost reduction efforts. Delivered as a dashboard that included metrics to support the sales effort.

Empowering a nation’s ‘armchair auditors’

Problem: Re-engage electorate and rebuild trust and confidence in politicians and the political system at a major US city.
Solution: Repurposing of transformed spend to render it ‘citizen friendly’. Delivered as and easy-to-use web application accessible directly from the City’s own website to allow citizens, journalists and arm-chair analysts direct access to the City’s spend data.

Location: North America

Benchmarking peers to identify better performance

Problem: Absence of comparative metrics for a group of US universities to support identification and prioritisation of opportunities to better manage spend.
Solution: Transformation and standardization of spend by category combined with student and faculty data to generate meaningful category specific benchmarks. Delivered as an intelligent dashboard to enable comparison with peer institutions.

Location: North America

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