Paving the way to better customer insight
Localiza’s search led it to MD2, an IBM Gold Business Partner, who recommended IBM InfoSphere® QualityStage® as an ideal solution to help enhance data quality and facilitate integration.
Alex Souza recalls: “We chose to work with MD2 because they are skilled professionals and experts in InfoSphere technology. MD2 had confirmed past experience with projects similar to ours, and the team has developed special accelerators and customizations for the needs of the Brazilian market. All of this gave us confidence that they could deliver a solution that meets our company’s unique needs. MD2 played a key role in our project’s success, and we continue to partner with them today.”
Working with MD2, Localiza used InfoSphere QualityStage to develop a number of sophisticated data-cleaning rules for information from its source systems, which are used to match and standardize customer names, addresses, social security numbers and more, as well as merging duplicate customer information and correcting discrepancies.
“Establishing the rules that govern the quality and definitions of our data was probably the most important and challenging part of this project,” says Alex Souza. “To make sure we got it right, we created a rule governance committee, composed of very experienced professionals from all business divisions. Empowering our business users by giving them ownership over the creation of rules helped us to make sure we established a truly useful set of data.
“InfoSphere QualityStage helped us materialize our new data quality rules in a highly flexible way. This was a key benefit, because we made lots of rule-changes in the early stages of the project while we were fine-tuning our information governance strategy.”
In addition, Localiza deployed IBM InfoSphere Information Services Director, which is used to “publish” the clean data on the company’s SOA, making it available to other services, including enterprise applications like Oracle Siebel CRM.
With Information Services Director, Localiza was able to create and monitor comprehensive workflows that transfer its data between its systems. Data flows from the company’s source systems to InfoSphere QualityStage for cleansing and validation, and then to a centralized repository that holds what is regarded as the master copy of the data. Siebel CRM accesses the data in this repository and presents it to users, who can review and update or enrich the information. Any modified data then flows back to the core repository, to keep the master copy up to date.
Alex Souza comments: “It was very easy to monitor our intense data loading processes using InfoSphere Information Services Director. With its rich information and logs, we could easily diagnose problems and improve loading execution times.”
During the latter stages of the project, Localiza also completed an implementation of SAP ERP solutions. Having a robust data foundation in place played a key role in the success of the ERP rollout, making it quick and easy for Localiza to integrate customer information into the new system.
Driving exceptional customer experiences
By harnessing IBM Analytics solutions to establish a robust and consistent set of information about its customers, Localiza has gained the high-quality data foundation it needs to make the most of its new CRM and ERP platforms.
What’s more, Localiza has broken down the silos that used to exist between different business divisions when it came to managing customer information. With a 360-degree view of each customer’s current activity and rental history, decision-makers can deliver more responsive and personalized service.
Alex Souza explains: “When a customer arrives at one of our locations to hire a car, our representatives can bring up a unified view of that customer’s entire history with Localiza, across all divisions. With the ability to see how a customer has engaged with us in the past, as well as their needs and preferences, our teams can provide more personalized service that really resonates with each individual—potentially boosting their satisfaction and loyalty.”
Similarly, improved customer insight is helping Localiza to reach out to customers with up- and cross-selling offers that are tailored to their unique habits and needs. For example, if a customer has recently bought a car from the company’s resale division, a representative could offer the same customer a discount if they decide to rent a Localiza car when they go on vacation. Likewise, if Localiza has a contract with a business to provide all of their company cars, it could offer free upgrades to employees of that business whenever they make a personal car rental.
Alex Souza concludes: “Working with IBM and MD2 has been a game changer for our business, allowing us to tap into a gold mine of customer information. The insight is inspiring us to serve customers more effectively, and to shape exceptional car rental journeys that set Localiza apart from the competition.”