The National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom prides itself on reducing patient wait times. Managers rely on hospital data to get a clear picture of what is working and what needs to be adjusted.
"If you walk into an emergency room in any hospital in the UK, there's a KPI (key performance indicator) that says you have to be seen within four hours and that the problem must be resolved or certainly identified," says Neil Sellers, Director at Qubix Group, a consultancy that specializes in cloud migration and integrating Oracle Analytics.
Recently, Sellers sat with Bruno Aziza, vice president of product management at Oracle, to discuss how Qubix helps its customers—like NHS—leverage Oracle Analytics for big results.
As a 30-year old company, Qubix has also done a lot of work in healthcare with the NHS in the United Kingdom. The company's cloud service identified a key problem within the medical inventory system that allowed the NHS to stand by its patient service standards.
"Using a data set the NHS provided to us, we told them basically when these four hour breaches were happening—breaches they have to actually report those to the Department of Health, so you know it's a pretty key metric for them to monitor—it turned out to be as simple as there not being enough people staffed in the fracture clinic to be able to provide plaster on broken bones," Sellers says.
Sellers noted that Qubix understands the importance of business transformation for its own customers. The company's latest innovation is a revenue acceleration cloud service, which allows companies to pay only for analytics-generated outcomes. Qubix provides these pay-per-insight services to a host of multinational corporations including Tesco, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Lloyds Bank, Paramount Pictures, Electronic Arts (EA), and Virgin Group.
How important is business transformation in the modern world? Nine out of 10 companies believe it's critical for their success, according to a 2019 survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Additionally, 79 percent of those surveyed acknowledge that soon they would be at a competitive disadvantage if they did not invest more into these transformations like cloud, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Sellers adds that companies migrating to the cloud for analytics are looking first and foremost for agile self-service models—and that's exactly what Qubix delivers with Oracle Analytics.
"RBS, for example, is one of the largest banks in the world," Sellers recalls. "They had an on-premise estate and they've taken a strategic decision to move to the cloud for a number of reasons including total cost of ownership savings. Essentially they put a cloud analytics technology on top for their ledger reporting but that also allowed them to take advantage of some of the machine learning capabilities that we see in the cloud visualization tools from Oracle like data visualization."
As for Sellers recommendation for customers large and small: If you have everything on premises today and you want to move to the cloud both for the analytics but also for your business applications, look to a self-service model in the analytic space for that agility to grow.
The video below covers the entire conversation.
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