The VW group, which has its headquarters in Germany, is the largest car manufacturer in Europe. It includes both commercial vehicles and consumer vehicles including the ten brands under the VW umbrella; Audi, Skoda, Lamborghini, Porsche, Bentley, Seat, Ducati, Man SE, Scania. The group also has a subsidiary group, VGSG that resells their Approved Used VW vehicles.
The challenge for VGSG was being able to rapidly deliver BI solutions in an iterative fashion. Their vision was to be able to change any single component and automatically trigger a cascade of changes for all dependent and affected components. The logical answer to this challenge was to define metadata – in this case, rules – for how these components work and how they depend on and integrate with one another. Then, rather than building components with ETL-Tools, invent a way for metadata to auto generate these components. Specific requirements included:
- Rapid delivery of BI solutions
- Efficient data management
- The end of traditional bottom up BI design approach
- Ability to continuously improve standards
- The introduction of a more conceptual, iterative framework
The VGSG team assessed multiple Data Warehouse Automation vendors and found that WhereScape were unquestionably the best in the market for their needs. As part of their due diligence, over a 3-day period, WhereScape ran a Proof of Concept for the VGSG team. This was hugely successful and now WhereScape is being used in a number of projects.
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