Auchan previously relied on on-prem infrastructure to manage data but faced problems with speed, monitoring, and scalability given how quickly its operations were growing. For example, the company currently processes roughly five million data flows daily moving through its database and myriad applications covering business intelligence (BI), supply chain, financials, B2B, human resources, and more.
"This was challenging for us because there was too much information for our employees to properly monitor. It would often take many minutes to get insights into any particular piece of data," says Jeremy.
Auchan identified Elastic to improve data capture and, after a successful test on its on-prem database, it chose to move forward with Elastic Observability moving to Elastic Cloud on Google Cloud. This move gives Auchan a more efficient, effective means of monitoring the flow of data across the company, enabling various business units to observe data in a clean dashboard and choose which information to capture, analyze, and more.
Google Cloud solutions such as BigQuery provide the processing power behind the new data infrastructure developed by Auchan’s platform team, while Elastic provides the tools to best leverage data by stacking and visualizing it in real-time. Offloading these processes to Elastic and Google Cloud also enable the Auchan platform team to focus on more strategic matters.
"One of the advantages is we can completely rely on Elastic and Google Cloud to handle data processing, analytics, and system reliability," says Jeremy. "We can just let our data exchange run and focus on how we use and analyze data rather than maintain infrastructure."