Tracking Systems Performance at China's Leading Steel Corporation
Shanghai Baosteel Group is China's most advanced iron and steel-making company, and a major importer and exporter of a huge range of products. Its IT subsidiary, Shanghai Baosight Software, was formed in 2001 by the merger of three well-established technology companies.
"Our expertise is used across the business in areas such as consulting, design and implementation, modeling, data mining and business intelligence," explains Haidong Tang, Technical Manager in the Data Strategies department at Shanghai Baosight. The corporation's enterprise-wide data warehouse is a key focus. It supports the organization in areas ranging from production planning and management to quality analysis for bar and rod products, production ability and resources, contract placing and delivery cycle analysis. Given its strategic nature, tracking the warehouse to deliver optimum performance, availability and accuracy is a critical activity. With an organizational intelligence solution developed using SAS®, Shanghai Baosteel has been able to improve both reliability and productivity.
Questions and Answers
Tracking the Business
"We needed a tracking solution to form an integral part of this system. This would enable all information to be organized together. We wanted to be able, for example, to check the status of operational systems, track speed and performance, audit user access and authentication, and provide integrated reports via e-mail and the Web." Tang and colleagues in the Data Strategies department first decided on the tracking points to use. "We looked at key areas, with the goal of combining all information and providing reports for daily use," says Tang. "These included source systems, data storage, ETL log files, server status, server logs, user access, and many other areas."
The SAS Solution
"We now have insights into important areas like server status, large data sets, disk expansion and more," concludes Tang. "We have fully integrated information, and can provide fast access to reports. It's also easy to add new features to the tracking system if required. In short, we've been able to provide higher levels of efficiency and reliability.
"Of course, our SAS-based tracking system isn't just a tracking system. It's an important part of the data warehouse infrastructure, and an 'information mart' in its own right. Strong and flexible, it provides all the functions we need for monitoring, enabling far more efficient administration and supporting improved productivity. The tracking system has done everything we've asked of it."
About Shanghai Baosteel
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Shanghai Baosteel Group
Track and monitor multiple elements to better support quality, business efficiency and productivity.
SAS solution enhanced monitoring and reporting, improved efficiency and reliability, greater productivity, and easy access to management reports.
“With SAS, an administrator can organize all the information they need, making it far easier to manage the entire system.”
Technical Manager, Data Strategies