Business Objects-American Electric Power
American Electric Power is an Ohio-based company that provides electricity to millions of customers and generates billions in revenue each year. Because the utility's business intelligence needs were becoming more complex, a decision was made to upgrade to BusinessObjects XI Release 2 software because of its advanced Web-based reporting, integration, visualization, and end-user capabilities.
Vendor: Business Objects
Customer: American Electric Power www.aep.com
Technology Used: BusinessObjects XI Release 2, BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, BusinessObjects Live Office, BusinessObjects Knowledge Accelerator
Solution: American Electric Power is an Ohio-based company that provides electricity to millions of customers and generates billions in revenue each year. This utility company has more than 20,000 employees worldwide.
To meet their centralized business intelligence reporting needs, AEP relied on BusinessObjects software. Because the utility's business intelligence needs were becoming more complex, a decision was made to upgrade to BusinessObjects XI Release 2 software because of its advanced Web-based reporting, integration, visualization, and end-user capabilities. The challenge presented by this migration was that AEP had to find a cost-effective method of training all 4,500 end users within six months.
To ensure user adoption and speed up the training process, American Electric Power decided to make use of BusinessObjects Knowledge Accelerator, a customizable Web-based training program. This powerful tool was chosen because of its ease of use, its flexibility, and its accessibility.
One of the benefits of using the BusinessObjects Knowledge Accelerator is that the program can be customized to simulate the actual AEP environment and deliver AEP-specific BusinessObjects content. This provides a more valuable learning experience since skills learned through the training program will be able to be directly applied on the job. The program gives end users the ability to test their understanding of the BusinessObjects products to ensure they possess the skills and knowledge required to use the new system effectively. Those who participate in instructor-led courses can also use the Knowledge Accelerator as a reference tool. Finally, because the program requires users to log in to an intranet to access training modules, American Electric Power can monitor how many people are taking advantage of the training, and also get a sense of the adoption rate among end users.
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