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Case Study: CISCO - BI Modernization

Migrating OBIEE dashboards and reports to Power BI

About Cisco


Cisco is a $51.90 billion US manufacturing company based in San Jose, CA with over 75,900 employees.

Customer Need / Business Driver

The EN Operations Team, part of Enterprise Networking (EN) Engineering group that develops software and network management platforms, embarked on BI Modernization effort for a greater customer experience and wider outreach for Cisco internal customers. 

Selection Process

Cisco selected KPI based on recommendation by Microsoft. KPI’s expertise in Microsoft technologies especially on Power platform was the key differentiator for Cisco, in addition to KPI’s blended shore model to minimize cost and risk for Cisco.

What KPI Delivered

KPI Analyzed 400+ legacy reports developed using OBIEE pointing to Oracle and Teradata.
KPI developed robust scalable Power BI datasets by factoring in dynamic Row level security and object level security. App based Power BI reports deployment and Azure AD integration seamlessly ported all users and user groups on to new reporting platform.

Complex multi-page reports in OBIEE redesigned with the Power BI paginated report builder and published to the Power BI service and all iBots in OBIEE migrated as data-driven subscription in Power BI.
Some of the legacy features, such as Write-Back, have been developed with Microsoft Power Apps and also with the standalone Node.JS application.

KPI also implemented KPI Delivers – KPI’s Email Bursting Accelerator for Power BI which exports Power BI reports, then uploads them to designated folders in SharePoint, and sends custom emails to individual business users with SharePoint file link.

Business Benefits

  • KPI modernized legacy reporting system to latest cloud-based reporting system
  • Simplified complex report development in Power BI
  • Migrated Dynamic Row level and object level security without any functional impact
  • Ensured Data refresh SLA for different datasets
  • APP based Power BI report deployment ensured object level security to different user groups
  • Email delivery of paginated reports as per previous schedule
  • Ensuring multiple version of Power BI report’s exports available in SharePoint using KPI’s Power BI Delivers Accelerator
  • KPI developed operational dashboards to track report usage

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