8 case studies and real world examples of how Big Data has helped keep on top of competition

8 case studies and real world examples of how Big Data has helped keep on top of competition
Posted : February 15th, 2022

Fast, data-informed decision-making can drive business success. Managing high customer expectations, navigating marketing challenges, and global competition – many organizations look to data analytics and business intelligence for a competitive advantage.

Using data to serve up personalized ads based on browsing history, providing contextual KPI data access for all employees and centralizing data from across the business into one digital ecosystem so processes can be more thoroughly reviewed are all examples of business intelligence.

Organizations invest in data science because it promises to bring competitive advantages.

Data is transforming into an actionable asset, and new tools are using that reality to move the needle with ML. As a result, organizations are on the brink of mobilizing data to not only predict the future but also to increase the likelihood of certain outcomes through prescriptive analytics.

Here are some case studies that show some ways BI is making a difference for companies around the world:

1) Starbucks:

With 90 million transactions a week in 25,000 stores worldwide the coffee giant is in many ways on the cutting edge of using big data and artificial intelligence to help direct marketing, sales and business decisions

Through its popular loyalty card program and mobile application, Starbucks owns individual purchase data from millions of customers. Using this information and BI tools, the company predicts purchases and sends individual offers of what customers will likely prefer via their app and email. This system draws existing customers into its stores more frequently and increases sales volumes.

The same intel that helps Starbucks suggest new products to try also helps the company send personalized offers and discounts that go far beyond a special birthday discount. Additionally, a customized email goes out to any customer who hasn’t visited a Starbucks recently with enticing offers—built from that individual’s purchase history—to re-engage them.

2) Netflix:

The online entertainment company’s 148 million subscribers give it a massive BI advantage.

Netflix has digitized its interactions with its 151 million subscribers. It collects data from each of its users and with the help of data analytics understands the behavior of subscribers and their watching patterns. It then leverages that information to recommend movies and TV shows customized as per the subscriber’s choice and preferences.

As per Netflix, around 80% of the viewer’s activity is triggered by personalized algorithmic recommendations. Where Netflix gains an edge over its peers is that by collecting different data points, it creates detailed profiles of its subscribers which helps them engage with them better.

The recommendation system of Netflix contributes to more than 80% of the content streamed by its subscribers which has helped Netflix earn a whopping one billion via customer retention. Due to this reason, Netflix doesn’t have to invest too much on advertising and marketing their shows. They precisely know an estimate of the people who would be interested in watching a show.

3) Coca-Cola:

Coca Cola is the world’s largest beverage company, with over 500 soft drink brands sold in more than 200 countries. Given the size of its operations, Coca Cola generates a substantial amount of data across its value chain – including sourcing, production, distribution, sales and customer feedback which they can leverage to drive successful business decisions.

Coca Cola has been investing extensively in research and development, especially in AI, to better leverage the mountain of data it collects from customers all around the world. This initiative has helped them better understand consumer trends in terms of price, flavors, packaging, and consumer’ preference for healthier options in certain regions.

With 35 million Twitter followers and a whopping 105 million Facebook fans, Coca-Cola benefits from its social media data. Using AI-powered image-recognition technology, they can track when photographs of its drinks are posted online. This data, paired with the power of BI, gives the company important insights into who is drinking their beverages, where they are and why they mention the brand online. The information helps serve consumers more targeted advertising, which is four times more likely than a regular ad to result in a click.


Coca Cola is increasingly betting on BI, data analytics and AI to drive its strategic business decisions. From its innovative free style fountain machine to finding new ways to engage with customers, Coca Cola is well-equipped to remain at the top of the competition in the future. In a new digital world that is increasingly dynamic, with changing customer behavior, Coca Cola is relying on Big Data to gain and maintain their competitive advantage.

4) American Express GBT

The American Express Global Business Travel company, popularly known as Amex GBT, is an American multinational travel and meetings programs management corporation which operates in over 120 countries and has over 14,000 employees.


Scalability – Creating a single portal for around 945 separate data files from internal and customer systems using the current BI tool would require over 6 months to complete. The earlier tool was used for internal purposes and scaling the solution to such a large population while keeping the costs optimum was a major challenge

Performance – Their existing system had limitations shifting to Cloud. The amount of time and manual effort required was immense

Data Governance – Maintaining user data security and privacy was of utmost importance for Amex GBT


The company was looking to protect and increase its market share by differentiating its core services and was seeking a resource to manage and drive their online travel program capabilities forward. Amex GBT decided to make a strategic investment in creating smart analytics around their booking software.

The solution equipped users to view their travel ROI by categorizing it into three categories cost, time and value. Each category has individual KPIs that are measured to evaluate the performance of a travel plan.


Reducing travel expenses by 30%

Time to Value – Initially it took a week for new users to be on-boarded onto the platform. With Premier Insights that time had now been reduced to a single day and the process had become much simpler and more effective.

Savings on Spends – The product notifies users of any available booking offers that can help them save on their expenditure. It recommends users of possible saving potential such as flight timings, date of the booking, date of travel, etc.

Adoption – Ease of use of the product, quick scale-up, real-time implementation of reports, and interactive dashboards of Premier Insights increased the global online adoption for Amex GBT

5) Airline Solutions Company: BI Accelerates Business Insights

Airline Solutions provides booking tools, revenue management, web, and mobile itinerary tools, as well as other technology, for airlines, hotels and other companies in the travel industry.

Challenge: The travel industry is remarkably dynamic and fast paced. And the airline solution provider’s clients needed advanced tools that could provide real-time data on customer behavior and actions.


They developed an enterprise travel data warehouse (ETDW) to hold its enormous amounts of data. The executive dashboards provide near real-time insights in user-friendly environments with a 360-degree overview of business health, reservations, operational performance and ticketing.

The scalable infrastructure, graphic user interface, data aggregation and ability to work collaboratively have led to more revenue and increased client satisfaction.

6) A specialty US Retail Provider: Leveraging prescriptive analytics

Challenge/Objective: A specialty US Retail provider wanted to modernize its data platform which could help the business make real-time decisions while also leveraging prescriptive analytics. They wanted to discover true value of data being generated from its multiple systems and understand the patterns (both known and unknown) of sales, operations, and omni-channel retail performance.


We helped build a modern data solution that consolidated their data in a data lake and data warehouse, making it easier to extract the value in real-time. We integrated our solution with their OMS, CRM, Google Analytics, Salesforce, and inventory management system. The data was modeled in such a way that it could be fed into Machine Learning algorithms; so that we can leverage this easily in the future.


The customer had visibility into their data from day 1, which is something they had been wanting for some time. In addition to this, they were able to build more reports, dashboards, and charts to understand and interpret the data. In some cases, they were able to get real-time visibility and analysis on instore purchases based on geography!

7) Logistics startup with an objective to become the “Uber of the Trucking Sector” with the help of data analytics

Challenge: A startup specializing in analyzing vehicle and/or driver performance by collecting data from sensors within the vehicle (a.k.a. vehicle telemetry) and Order patterns with an objective to become the “Uber of the Trucking Sector”

We developed a customized backend of the client’s trucking platform so that they could monetize empty return trips of transporters by creating a marketplace for them. The approach used a combination of AWS Data Lake, AWS microservices, machine learning and analytics.


  • Reduced fuel costs
  • Optimized Reloads
  • More accurate driver / truck schedule planning
  • Smarter Routing
  • Fewer empty return trips
  • Deeper analysis of driver patterns, breaks, routes, etc.

8) Challenge/Objective: A niche segment customer competing against market behemoths looking to become a “Niche Segment Leader”

Solution: We developed a customized analytics platform that can ingest CRM, OMS, Ecommerce, and Inventory data and produce real time and batch driven analytics and AI platform. The approach used a combination of AWS microservices, machine learning and analytics.


  • Reduce Customer Churn
  • Optimized Order Fulfillment
  • More accurate demand schedule planning
  • Improve Product Recommendation
  • Improved Last Mile Delivery

How can we help you harness the power of data?

At Systems Plus our BI and analytics specialists help you leverage data to understand trends and derive insights by streamlining the searching, merging, and querying of data. From improving your CX and employee performance to predicting new revenue streams, our BI and analytics expertise helps you make data-driven decisions for saving costs and taking your growth to the next level.


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