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Power BI is a business intelligence and data visualization tool that allows you to connect to various sources of data, analyse them, and create interactive reports and dashboards. Power BI can help manufacturers transform their operations and meet customer demands by providing them with actionable insights into their performance, inventory, customers, employees, and competitors

We are a Power BI Consultancy for Manufacturing companies who want to take control of their data.

We provide the following:

End-to-end Power BI projects from start to finish

Managed service - choose the best SLA for your goals

Training for your Manufacturing BI and finance team

Features of Power BI that are useful for Manufacturing

Data connectors:

Power BI can connect to hundreds of data sources, such as SQL Server, Azure, Salesforce, Google Analytics, Excel and more. This allows manufacturers to access and combine data from various platforms and systems, such as ERP systems, production or planning systems to get a holistic view of their business.


Power BI can create stunning and interactive dashboards that display key metrics and indicators for manufacturing performance, such as OEE analysis, plans and labour utilisation. Manufacturers can customize and share their dashboards with their teams and stakeholders, and access them from any device.


Power BI can generate detailed and insightful reports that drill down into the data and reveal the underlying patterns and trends. Manufacturers can use reports to answer specific questions, explore scenarios, and compare outcomes. They can also apply filters, slicers, and bookmarks to their reports to focus on the relevant data.

Semantic models:

Power BI can build semantic models (datasets) that define the relationships and calculations among the data elements. Semantic models enable manufacturers to create consistent and accurate measures and calculations across their data sources, and use them in their dashboards and reports.


Power BI can answer natural language queries from the users, and provide visual and textual responses. Q&A allows manufacturers to ask questions about their data in their own words, and get instant answers without writing any code or formula

Benefits of Power BI for Manufacturing

Faster and better decision making:

Power BI can help manufacturers make data-driven decisions in real time, based on the latest and most accurate information. Power BI can also provide predictive analytics and what-if scenarios, to help retailers anticipate future outcomes and plan accordingly.

Increased efficiency:

Power BI can help manufacturers optimize their operations and resources, by identifying and eliminating bottlenecks, improving quality, and inefficiencies. Power BI can also help manufacturers increase their performance, by finding new ways to analyse the current status quo. This allows companies to enhancing their sites performance.

Reduced costs:

Power BI can help manufactures reduce their costs, by allowing companies to understand the many costs associated with production. Analysis of production costs as well as manufacturing wastes and reduce production waste.

Score Cards:

Power BI can help score cards can help manufacturers analyse and distribute manufacturing performance. This can be set to be designed to secure the data for different regions, areas and roles. 

Our experience in Manufacturing


David Laws Principal Consultant

David Laws 

David has 12 years experience in Manufacturing

David studied Engineering, Science and Technology at Loughborough University and then continued to study and gain vocational consultancy experience at the University of Cambridge on the Advanced Course of Design Manufacture and Management. David’s early career was mainly in Leadership roles in FMCG manufacturing company’s. These roles focussed on days and shift management of teams in the production of food, drink and pharmaceuticals.


These roles involved responsibility for the short term and long term targets and strategy, as well as managing the day to day operation of teams of 30 to 120 staff. This involved interaction across the businesses in order to meet the and develop the departments KPI’s. 

During this time David was involved in numerous projects. David used his technical and project management skills to drive process improvements in large organisations including Boots, Kerry Foods and Catalent. These projects included day to day implementation of continuous improvements methodology’s, as well as major engineering capital projects, labour saving and quality improvements. 

3M        EON

David transitioned into data analysis and MI reporting roles. His initial role was supporting the retail and dental departments in 3M with their Excel point of sale (POS) reporting. To improve performance data availability and department performance saw him learn and develop ETL and database software skills. Data was presented in Office 2013 (the prequel to Power BI), allowing details analysis of POS as well as manufactured gate sales.

David has since worked ingesting data, turning this into actional insights and improving business performance. These contract roles have seen him supporting in cross section of industries, including Energy, FinTech and casual dining.  

Since moving to Select Distinct in 2022  David has worked with a number of clients across a range of industries.

Why choose Select Distinct as your Power BI Expert?

  • We work closely with your team to make sure it all goes smoothly
  • We take a deep dive in your reporting set up
  • We provide full strategy and training
  • Service led business 
  • Mapped out five-step process