With help from Tableau, Leppäkosken Sähkö is proving that it can compete on the same scale as the bigger energy companies. Leppäkoski adopted Tableau to deliver richer insights into the growing business.
Working with local Tableau partner Solutive, Leppäkoski analyzes data in more creative ways, and has the flexibility to dig deeper into outliers. As a result, the company has reduced preparation time for financial and other reporting from weeks to days or hours.
The Leppäkoski team has more insight into customer processes and potentially, revenue per business unit. This additional insight into energy generation and procurement processes helps reduce costs and allows them to remain competitive in the market.
Sustainable energy solutions for Finnish customers
Leppäkosken Sähkö provides sustainable energy solutions to tens of thousands of customers across the south-west region of Finland. These energy outputs include electricity, natural gas, steam, and processed water. The fast-growing organization has revenues of $ 70 million (2015) and 74 employees.
As business expanded, Leppäkoski was finding it harder to make sense of its data. Mauno Oksanen, the company’s Business Development Director, summarizes their reporting struggle in one sentence: “Our energy management and other data systems were digital, but our data outputs were analog.”
The company relied on manual reporting processes—principally spreadsheets—to turn raw finance, sales, energy output and other data into insight. This approach simply wasn’t scalable enough for the growing business and for future needs.
“The reporting data reached decision makers and the business units too slowly,” said Oksanen. “End-of-month reports were often not ready until the second or third week of the following month.”