|[February 19, 2014]
Uniporc Ouest serves France's hog industry with SAS® data visualization
CARY, N.C. --(Business Wire)--
Uniporc Ouest, which weighs and classifies 90 percent of pigs in France,
chose SAS (News - Alert)® Visual Analytics to communicate the results of its
analysis of 20 million hogs to the entire industry - almost 8,000
breeders, 75 cooperatives and 26 pork-processing facilities.
SAS Visual Analytics allows Uniporc Ouest's customers and in-house decision makers a very fluid and visual solution for data exploration. (Photo: iStockPhoto)
Founded in 1973 to improve ethical standards in weighing and classifying
pork carcasses, Uniporc Ouest sits at the center of transactions between
pork producers and breeders. It determines the weight and the muscle
ratio of the parts for each hog and communicates the information -
collected in complete transparency - to the industry. That's where SAS
Visual Analytics helps Uniporc Ouest.
"Classifying almost 20 million animals a year creates a huge database
that links each animal with its owner. This represents around €2.7
billion per year. We cannot run the risk of being wrong," said Pascal
Lemee, Manager of Statistical Services and R&D at Uniporc Ouest. "We
need to provide reliable results to the breeders, because they are paid
based on the calculations we perform on animals they send to the
The calculations, database and reporting are the main activity of
Uniporc Ouest, which provide decision support to the pork industry.
With SAS Visual Analytics, the organization generates reports for
breeders and the cooperatives they represent, as well as for
pork-production facilities. The information is also sent to various
national and European agencies, making it an international reference
The route to data visualization
Uniporc Ouest has long used powerful SAS statistical solutions running
on UNIX servers and a real-time data warehouse, allowing it to instantly
evaluate any changes in production data. SAS Visual Analytics extends
this existing infrastructure, with all the work done upstream, to
provide high-quality reports via a tablet or browser.
"When we discovered SAS Visual Analytics, we realized we could offer our
in-house decision makers, as well as our customers, a very fluid
solution for exploring information," said Lemee. "We live in a world
where information is often represented in just two dimensions. SAS
Visual Analytics is like the transition from photography to cinema: You
become the director of the film you want to see. This is both beautiful
and highly useful."
With data visualization, users no longer waste time trying to understand
the data. The interface lets them move from one entity to another,
choosing the desired granularity and indicators to compare. Users
quickly see how results change over time, simply by touching a tablet or
exploring via a web browser.
"The majority of our breeders are undertaking improvement initiatives
relating to genetics, feed, etc. They need this data to optimize both
their costs and the quality of the meat," said Lemee. "Allowing our end
users to benefit from the power of SAS Visual Analytics is therefore
important and strategic. It's the future that Uniporc Ouest wants for
cooperatives and breeders in this industry."
Launched in mid-2012, SAS Visual Analytics has already been deployed by
more than 1,500 companies worldwide, including almost 80 French projects.
To see how data visualization is deployed to help enterprises gain fast
insight to business challenges, find direction on new product offerings
or develop a better understanding of market behavior, please read "Data
Visualization: Seven Considerations for Visualization Deployment."
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