SOURCE: Kalido


August 08, 2011 08:00 ET

Canadian Retail Giant The Brick Builds and Furnishes New Information Management Platform With Kalido

Kalido® Information Engine™ to Provide New Foundation for Enterprise Information Management Strategy

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 8, 2011) - TDWI World Conference

  • Kalido, the leading independent provider of business-driven data governance solutions, announced today that Canadian retailer The Brick (TSX: BRK) will analyze and optimize operational performance and customer experience with a new information management platform based on the Kalido Information Engine.

  • As part of its ongoing efforts to better serve its customers, optimize sales performance and reduce costs, The Brick has targeted its business intelligence and information management program as a key area that can deliver substantial improvements in insight and efficiencies.

  • The Kalido® data warehouse will help the company maximize the wealth of distributed and complex data coming in from across its national retail operations. New analysis, delivered daily, will enable business managers and process owners to more quickly identify and respond to business opportunities.

  • Kalido's agile approach will significantly reduce the manual effort required to perform the Brick's analysis, controlling costs and freeing up valuable resources to concentrate on other strategic initiatives.

  • The Brick is one of Canada's largest volume retailers of household furniture, mattresses, appliances and home electronics, with five major brands across more than 200 locations (including franchises) built up over 40 years.

  • Register to attend the August 30 webinar, "The New Agile Enterprise: A CIO's View," featuring The Brick's chief information officer Richard Hannah.

Richard Hannah, chief information officer at The Brick, said:

  • "Since its inception, The Brick has succeeded by making smart, informed decisions based on the needs of our customers. With this new Kalido-based foundation, we will gain improved insight into our operational data, enabling us to better serve our millions of customers, cater to their needs and optimize our overall operations so we can continue to grow in our industry and exceed our customers' expectations. We have accumulated a vast amount of data over the years; with Kalido we can now turn this data into valuable, actionable information."

Phil Unger, chief executive officer of Cadeon Associates, the consultancy which will work on the program, said:

  • "We are very excited to be working with a Canadian retail icon like The Brick that understands most traditional BI environments either limit the amount of data you can see or require years to build out before they can deliver value. Kalido's solution delivers the depth, integrity and insight a company like The Brick needs without sacrificing the agility and flexibility it deserves."

Charles Doucot, vice president of worldwide sales at Kalido, said:

  • "The Brick has recognized that business performance improvement can be accelerated exponentially by harnessing the data that exists throughout the company and putting it to work. We're glad that Kalido will be part of the effort to continue to drive strong financial performance -- and customer satisfaction across The Brick product families."

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About The Brick Group
The Brick Group, together with its subsidiaries, is one of Canada's largest volume retailers of household furniture, mattresses, appliances and home electronics, operating under five banners: The Brick, United Furniture Warehouse, The Brick Superstore, The Brick Mattress Store, and Urban Brick. In addition, through its corporate sales division, the Brick Group services the subdivision, condominium, hospitality and high-rise builder market. The Brick Group's retail operations are located in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories and Yukon.

About Cadeon Associates
Cadeon Associates is an IT Services partnership specializing in Information Architecture delivery in Western Canada. We deliver experienced consulting in Enterprise and Information Architecture to help organizations attain business agility and profitability using Information Technology and products like Kalido.

About Kalido
Kalido is the leading provider of business-driven data governance software. Kalido enables companies to manage data as a shared enterprise asset by supporting the business process of data management. Kalido software has been deployed at more than 300 locations in over 100 countries, including 20 percent of the world's most profitable companies as determined by Fortune Magazine. More information about Kalido can be found at:

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