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Empowering DFS with a Modern Data Strategy: A Beyond Success Story

Keywords: DFS Furniture plc, data environment challenges, Beyond, data strategy, modern data infrastructure, Google Cloud Platform, data management process redesign, central repository, templated ingestion paths, single source of truth, increased reliability and stability, improved data security and governance, rapid time to value, scalable infrastructure, ingested data, optimized transactions, revenue.

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DFS Furniture plc, the largest furniture retailing group in the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, and Ireland, specializing in sofas and soft furnishings, faced several data environment challenges. Aging infrastructure, fragmented processes, poor documentation, limited development capabilities, and low business confidence due to high failure rates and long recovery times were holding back the company's growth.


Beyond, which has been working with DFS for the past five years, built a robust data strategy that uncovered these challenges and proposed a modern data infrastructure solution built on Google Cloud Platform. This involved redesigning data management processes, creating a central repository for all master and reference data, and developing templated ingestion paths for various data sources.


The results of Beyond's solution have been substantial:


1. Single Source of Truth: The creation of a single trusted source of truth with common business terminology and definitions shared across the divisions of the business. This promotes consistency and understanding throughout the organization.


2. Increased Reliability and Stability: The redesigned data management processes have led to significantly increased reliability and stability in data load processes. Technical debt has been reduced, and operating efficiencies have been realized, freeing up teams to work on new projects.


3. Improved Data Security and Governance: Beyond's solution has embedded improved data security and governance across the culture of the organization. This protects DFS's data assets and ensures compliance with data privacy regulations.


4. Rapid Time to Value: The new data infrastructure has allowed DFS to quickly realize value from new data sets, with demonstrable business ROI across marketing, operations, commercial, and logistics. This enables data-driven decision-making and more efficient use of resources.


5. Scalable Infrastructure: The solution is scalable, making it ready for rollout across the group's business entities. This allows for seamless integration of data from different parts of the organization.


6. Ingestion and Optimization of Data: The solution has successfully ingested 200 billion pieces of data, optimized 750,000 transactions per year, and contributed to £1.1 billion in revenue.


Beyond's modern data infrastructure solution has empowered DFS to overcome its data challenges, improve sales, efficiency, and flexibility, and position itself for future growth. With a robust and scalable data environment, DFS can now effectively leverage its data assets to drive business value.

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