Imagine an app that knows where you are, the meeting you’re in and serves up the data you need to take effective decisions in just three taps - from anywhere in the world.
That’s OneView: the smartest business intelligence tool in the boardroom. A cross-platform, end-to-end Executive Information System (EIS), OneView uses mobile to make business intelligence powerfully contextual. Pulling information from across Unilever, OneView provides just the right data at the right moment. This leads to leaner, more effective decisions without the need to carry around reams of printed, commercially sensitive material.
INFORMATION LOCK DOWN
Highly robust security protects Unilever’s most sensitive financial data from prying eyes.
POWERED BY CONTEXT
OneView serves up the data an executive most needs: whether right now, or most regularly.
STRAIGHT FROM THE CLOUD
Critical business data is delivered ultra fast, from anywhere in the world, via the Cloud.
OPERATIONAL INSIGHT, READY TO GO
Online or off, live reports from across Unilever’s data landscape are always within fingertip reach.
Legacy integration across Unilever’s existing IT provides a seamless UX, with no extra log-in needed.
GLOBAL SCALABILITY, BAKED IN
Build using a flexible, service-based architecture for faster feature development and improved performance.
OneView is accessible wherever Unilever teams need it - across web, smartphone and tablet, for both iOS and Android.
The pilot phase
The third largest consumer goods company in the world, Unilever is enormous: with operations in 190 different countries, providing a business intelligence solution for the entire organisation right from the start was unfeasible. Instead, we first identified a pilot user group to help us iteratively develop and test a bespoke solution - and there was no better place to begin than right at the top, with Unilever’s Executive Group.
Based around the world, these users take critical commercial decisions every single day. Before OneView, the intelligence they relied on was largely in cumbersome hard copy: thousands of reports printed each month, and carried to group meetings across the world.
What the Group really needed was a clear, ‘one view’ of operations: fast, up-to-date and delightful to use. An executive needed to see the reports specifically relevant to their meeting or their business unit automatically - without needing to search, or rifle through endless mounds of paper.
Safe in the Cloud
With OneView, Unilever would be placing ‘red status’ information into the Cloud for the first time. This transition was essential, allowing OneView to deliver information at high speed around the world - but it also meant security was of critical importance, too.
Partnering with Unilever’s own IT security team, we created a collaborative and robust set of ‘secure by design’ principles that were applied across OneView’s development. From here, we then developed and led a groundbreaking security solution and scalable architecture, with Cloud deployment and, in partnership with Microsoft, a digital rights management system (DRM). OneView successfully passed penetration testing first time, thanks to its near-military grade security.
A transformational outcome
The initial OneView pilot was launched across Europe in just 12 weeks, and rolled out worldwide over the course of the following twelve months. Today, the next generation of this product is used in 111 countries. With a 100% uptake from the CEO downwards, all Unilever meetings with access now run using OneView.
OneView has proved a breakthrough benchmark for Unilever, setting a new standard for what a great mobile experience, coupled with contextually-served business intelligence, can achieve. The product has also acted as an important catalyst, introducing Unilever to Agile methodologies, including new concepts like rapid prototyping and iterative development.
"The App Business delivered a key mobile product for Unilever execs with the speed of execution and flexibility that we needed. In addition, working with them is great fun and really refreshing. Overall great experience!"
IT Programme Manager, Unilever