Microsoft saves airline millions of dollars a year with Power BI for Office 365

Earlier this year, low-cost airline flydubai revealed that it had deployed roaming staff with Windows 8 tablets to help check in passengers 'on the spot' throughout the check-in zone, rather than being tied to a desk. The airline said that this move had reduced the average amount of time it takes to check in a passenger down to just two minutes - a major boost to the efficiency of its team there. 

Now, Microsoft is trumpeting its success at another major passenger carrier, Saudi Airlines, where its software has been deployed to replace existing antiquated and disparate systems, saving the airline millions of dollars per year. 

Muhammad Albakri, executive vice president of finance for Saudi Airlines, said: "Before we worked with Microsoft, we had scattered information everywhere. We had many different business intelligence and incentive solutions, separate training and no standard platform to run all the environments."

Microsoft worked with Saudi Airlines to develop a business intelligence solution that expands across many of its products, including SQL Server 2012, Power BI for Office 365, Windows Server 2012, and SharePoint Server 2013. Microsoft explains that its solution uses these products "to analyze, visualize and share data in a unified way, which allows the company to have better business visibility, more engaged employees, and projected savings of millions of dollars per year in the process." 

It took just 90 days to establish the foundations of the business intelligence solution for the airline, and it now provides "dynamic dashboards, enterprise reports and customer reports that allow executives to view any subset of information and any level of detail they require." In addition to this, a custom line-of-business Windows 8.1 app has been deployed, offering "a consolidated view of the data for [Saudi Airlines'] highly mobile workforce." 

A single deployment of Microsoft's software, services and tools saving such a significant amount of money at a single company is quite a feather in Microsoft's cap. We have a feeling the company will be sharing more of these success stories in the weeks and months ahead, as it continues to aggressively push its services and solutions to enterprise customers. 

Source: Microsoft via WinBeta

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Customer claims Apple Store printed homophobic slur on his receipt

Next Story

BlackBerry's unusual square-screened Passport detailed in retailer video

11 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Whats funny is that most people don't realize that ticket prices have never been cheaper. They're half the cost of what they were in the 90s.

Fuel costs have gone up, maintenance costs have either stayed the same or gone up, most surcharges (like landing fees, taxes etc) have all gone up etc. The only thing that has gone down is like pilot pay.

-Razorfold said,
Whats funny is that most people don't realize that ticket prices have never been cheaper. They're half the cost of what they were in the 90s.

Fuel costs have gone up, maintenance costs have either stayed the same or gone up, most surcharges (like landing fees, taxes etc) have all gone up etc. The only thing that has gone down is like pilot pay.

^This

People love to bbbbcchh all the time no matter what.

ticket price + luggage fee + fees for all the other cr@p that used to come free back in the 90's probably equates to the same in the end.

I'm just waiting for the day they start charging for oxygen.

Rohdekill said,
ticket price + luggage fee + fees for all the other cr@p that used to come free back in the 90's probably equates to the same in the end.

I'm just waiting for the day they start charging for oxygen.


Like I already mentioned, every single thing related to aviation has gotten more expensive. Especially fuel. How do you expect airlines to survive without charging more? They can't. So their only options are to make tickets more expensive, or to charge for small things.

Now even if you INCLUDE all the fees that airlines charge you, the ticket prices are still significantly cheaper than they were in the 90s and even more so than they were in the 80s.

The cost per mile in 1985 was $0.24. The cost per mile in 1995 was $0.20. 2005 it was $0.14. In 2012 it ticked a little bit up to $0.16. And that is inflation adjusted and includes all fees (baggage, taxes etc)

Apple used a similar propaganda a couple of years ago. Then later, we found that the airline moved to Android.

It might be true, but you do realize this is company propaganda you are posting? Yeah, it doesn't sound pretty when you put it that way, but it is the truth.

Which is exactly why we point out that users should expect to hear more of this stuff in the weeks ahead. Users should be wary of hearing too much about these successes, especially from fan-sites that sing Microsoft's praises at every turn.

It's interesting to hear these success stories now and then - we post them about Microsoft's competitors too, such as this piece on iPads deployed in Dutch schools http://www.neowin.net/news/sir...-at-seven-new-dutch-schools; or the latest Chromebook from Acer featuring a version for the education sector with 13-hour battery life http://www.neowin.net/news/ace...attery-with-nvidia-tegra-k1.

I hear what you're saying though.

Mr. Dee said,
It might be true, but you do realize this is company propaganda you are posting? Yeah, it doesn't sound pretty when you put it that way, but it is the truth.

Actually, it sounds the same to me whether its "company propaganda" or not as long as its true. If its true, it should sound the same either way. True, of course being, not inflated, not exaggerated, and being in accordance with fact or reality, and accurate or exact. Who cares who says it if its true?