ICIS is the world’s largest petrochemical market information provider with divisions spanning energy and fertilizers. Its aim is to give companies in global commodities markets a competitive advantage by delivering valuable information and analytics tools, which enable them to identify and react to opportunities in constantly evolving markets. ICIS began using Tableau in 2016 to give its editorial team faster, more accurate access to key data insights, as well as give customers access to interactive embedded analytics. The company has also used Tableau to support its analytics tool, the Live Supply Disruption Tracker, which helps subscribers track over 3,000 planned and unplanned petrochemical plant shutdowns every year.
Tableau lets us create and embed vivid visualizations directly into our reports, giving customers a different way to engage with our content.
Tableau allowed us to build a fully interactive, real-time dashboard that could be customized to look like an internal ICIS application, which is exactly what we wanted.
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ICIS has also used Tableau to power its innovative Live Supply Disruption Tracker, which offers subscribers invaluable 24/7 insight into all planned and unplanned plant shutdowns around the world that might affect the global petrochemicals supply chain.
To do this, the service maps and calculates 132 individual datasets in real-time, encompassing over 43,000 data points in total. The results are then displayed via an embedded Tableau dashboard on the ICIS website. Since its creation, the tracker has captured over 3,000 shutdowns every year.
“Tableau allowed us to build a fully interactive, real-time dashboard that could be customized to look like an internal ICIS application, which is exactly what we wanted,” says Manca.
The application uses color coding to quickly show planned vs unplanned shutdowns, while multiple filtering options allow viewers to refine results based on specific subsectors and drill down for more details on each shutdown as needed.
“The Live Supply Disruption Tracker is a good example of how Tableau has helped us to further enhance our pre-existing data into a new customer offering,” says Manca. “For an organization like ICIS, where data is a key element to our growth, it’s initiatives like this that further add to our portfolio and future prosperity.”