SOURCE: Northwood Advisors

Northwood Advisors

August 19, 2013 11:00 ET

Northwood Advisors Leads FirstSight Vision Services to Successful Business Intelligence Program

BI Program Helps FirstSight Compile and Utilize Data Across 160 Locations Statewide

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 19, 2013) - Northwood Advisors, a business intelligence consulting and training company, has completed a business intelligence (BI) project for FirstSight Vision Services, a subsidiary of National Vision Inc that staffs optometrists in 150 Walmart and Sam's Club vision centers throughout California. The BI solution allows FirstSight to manage complex financial information as well as communication and collaboration among doctors working at various locations.

FirstSight initially approached Myron Weber, founder of Northwood Advisors, with the need for a flexible system that could grow and evolve alongside their expanding business to meet emerging needs. A primary goal was to eliminate the proliferation of individual Excel spreadsheets previously used to store its data.

"FirstSight needed a system to share data while simultaneously keeping it protected," says Weber. "We created a secure corporate Web portal where authorized users can access Quality Assurance information, doctor and location information and a comprehensive document library. We developed a database that gave them access to timely and accurate information to better manage the business."

The project created multiple layers of efficiency for the corporation and its employees, including:

  • Staff access to up-to-date doctor and location data
  • Elimination of individual lists and data sets
  • Credentialing and contract status available to its field team of district managers and doctors
  • Ability to run data reports to share with vendors, business partners and managed care companies
  • Sharing of training documents through a single library portal
  • Increased productivity and effectiveness of employees in every location and business environment

The company continues to expand the benefits of the new BI solution. It recently created a Facility Review module to monitor quality and is establishing a process to allow the uploading of sales reports so doctors can view their individual progress.

For a full explanation of the project and next steps, view a case study here:

Northwood Advisors' unique client partnerships bring high-level business intelligence in-house and within reach. Business intelligence thought leaders are accessible for clients, who can rely on their expert guidance throughout the implementation cycle. Weber offers more than 20 years of diverse business experience and insights to support and implement clients' business intelligence strategies. Northwood also offers on-site training programs to teach entire teams how to most effectively use business intelligence tools.

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ABOUT NORTHWOOD ADVISORS: Based in Irvine, Calif., Northwood Advisors is a business intelligence consulting and training firm that helps companies design and implement BI strategy for increased efficiency and greater ROI. Northwood Advisors' powerful on-site training and consulting program allows clients to create departmental alignment and mutual buy-in with key stakeholders of any business intelligence initiative to build a path of least resistance and most profitability. Northwood Advisors' training is unique, focused and implementable and will equip any team with the practical knowledge and tools for effective and sustainable business intelligence strategy, governance and roadmap. For more information, visit

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