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UPL Chooses Qlik to Drive Business Strategy & Enable Self-Service Analytics

Pronami Chetia
Pronami Chetia

The leading agrochemical company 'Qlik' has recently announced that UPL Ltd. (formerly United Phosphorus Limited) is leveraging Qlik’s data analytics platform to empower and inform business users across its organization. The Indian multinational has been working closely with Qlik to streamline its data operations and enable data-driven decisions to drive growth.

A Data-Driven Vision

UPL had a clear analytics vision from the start to make data central to its operations. The company had worked with legacy vendors, but found that adoption and usage levels were not where they wanted it to be. Additionally, employees were spending a lot of time working with data but were just not getting the insights they needed.

UPL first started working with Qlik in 2014, when they first integrated QlikView® with its Salesforce portal. After a few years, as data consumption and usage of the dashboards increased, UPL wanted to modernize its analytics strategy to provide its users with a self-service option and greater visibility around the data sets they had available.

“Data is very important to us at UPL. Given the scope of our operations, our business users – from the junior-most employee to mid-level managers to senior leaders – were previously working extremely hard to make sense of the data in front of them,” said Bhushan Narsinghani, Head of Analytics,

“Historically, our analytics operations used to take up a lot of time. We realized that, even after putting in so much effort, the insights generated were limited in scope and didn’t have the kind of accuracy, consistency and agility that we expected. This changed, first with the implementation of QlikView and then with Qlik Sense.”

Making Data Accessible

Initially deployed as a proof-of-concept, Qlik Sense® quickly differentiated itself with a unified, intuitive, and seamless dashboard that provided real-time, explorable insights at the touch of a button. The platform’s innovative approach to combining multiple data sources and Qlik’s practical licensing proposition made it the most viable solution.

In fact, for UPL, the decision to move to Qlik Sense was not made once, but twice. When the company acquired ArystaLifeScience Inc. for US$4.2 billion in 2019, UPL found that Arysta was also a user of both QlikView and Qlik Sense. Because of UPL’s clear analytics strategy and vision, the company decisively standardized the business to Qlik Sense.

With Qlik, UPL stakeholders found that they could dive deep into their data and get multi-level reports, from an overview of the entire organization to the financial performance of individual business units. Business users are also able to discover highly contextual insights, personalized to their specific needs. Moreover, users can conveniently generate and securely share multiple reports based on different parameters, thus making information more accessible and useful. By democratizing access to data and providing the ability to work with it, Qlik has empowered employees to be more data literate.

“Our business users had varied skill levels and were surprised by the ease-of-use and intuitive nature of Qlik Sense. Here was a powerful BI tool that presented ready-made insights in an interactive visual format right in front of us,” said Sudhanshu Gupta, Global Head - Business Excellence, UPL. “With just a few clicks, we could zero-in on the information we needed to answer the questions we had. A key highlight was the ability to leverage customer analytics into our decision-making processes – something we did not have visibility into before, and the results have been impressive. It has, in a way, become a key driver for our global growth.”

“Historically, our analytics operations used to take up a lot of time. We realized that, even after putting in so much effort, the insights generated were limited in scope and didn’t have the kind of accuracy, consistency and agility that we expected. This changed, first with the implementation of QlikView and then with Qlik Sense.”

Making Data Accessible

Initially deployed as a proof-of-concept, Qlik Sense® quickly differentiated itself with a unified, intuitive, and seamless dashboard that provided real-time, explorable insights at the touch of a button. The platform’s innovative approach to combining multiple data sources and Qlik’s practical licensing proposition made it the most viable solution.

In fact, for UPL, the decision to move to Qlik Sense was not made once, but twice. When the company acquired ArystaLifeScience Inc. for US$4.2 billion in 2019, UPL found that Arysta was also a user of both QlikView and Qlik Sense. Because of UPL’s clear analytics strategy and vision, the company decisively standardized the business to Qlik Sense.

With Qlik, UPL stakeholders found that they could dive deep into their data and get multi-level reports, from an overview of the entire organization to the financial performance of individual business units. Business users are also able to discover highly contextual insights, personalized to their specific needs. Moreover, users can conveniently generate and securely share multiple reports based on different parameters, thus making information more accessible and useful. By democratizing access to data and providing the ability to work with it, Qlik has empowered employees to be more data literate.

“Our business users had varied skill levels and were surprised by the ease-of-use and intuitive nature of Qlik Sense. Here was a powerful BI tool that presented ready-made insights in an interactive visual format right in front of us,” said Sudhanshu Gupta, Global Head - Business Excellence, UPL. “With just a few clicks, we could zero-in on the information we needed to answer the questions we had. A key highlight was the ability to leverage customer analytics into our decision-making processes – something we did not have visibility into before, and the results have been impressive. It has, in a way, become a key driver for our global growth.”

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