Using Power BI to create a data culture at King's College London - Matt Gordon

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 18:00
London Business Analytics Group

Founded in 1829, King’s is London’s most central university, with four campuses bordering the Thames and a fifth located in Denmark Hill. It is also one of the UK’s leading research universities, and teaches over 30,000 students. King’s excels in many areas, however its approach to data management, business intelligence and analytics weren’t amongst them. The previous approach had a lot of inconsistency, paucity of available information, siloed data, little automation and limited governance. One staff member describe the landscape as ‘data rich but intelligence poor’. Then in 2016, King’s implemented Power BI, and for the past three years it has used it to transform this use of data to inform decisions across the organisation.

In this session, Matt Gordon, Associate Director of Data and Analytics at King’s College London, will give us an overview of the Power BI journey and how King’s has been using it to help transform the organisational culture around data and analytics. Matt will discuss the successes and failures, along with the lessons learnt throughout the process, and showcase a range of Power BI reports that have been created. Matt will cover off how we’ve developed staff to get through the DAX wall and create good data models. Additionally, he will talk about positive staff engagement and adoption – focusing on the organisation of seven successful hackathons involving over 300 staff members. Finally, Matt will discuss how the programme that began with Power BI has developed to include setting up an analytics infrastructure in Azure, including a data lake and a data warehouse.

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