Unlike many other countries, The Netherlands entrusts the management of its national statistics to only one institution: Statistics Netherlands (In Dutch, the company’s name is Centraal Bureau de Statistiek (CBS), but it is known as Statistics Netherlands in the U.S., to avoid confusion with the television network.) Founded in 1899, Statistics Netherlands moved with the times. So in recent years, when the company saw increasing demand for timely, highly detailed, and customer-tailored statistics, Statistics Netherlands turned to the Denodo Platform.
The Denodo Platform enabled Statistics Netherlands to implement a company-wide data virtualization layer between its data sources, which included traditional, on-premises databases, flat files, big-data implementations, and external data sets, and its data consumers, which included statistics-related processes and applications in addition to statisticians. Supported by the Denodo Platform, Statistics Netherlands established a new data architecture that improves data access for all users, and accelerates the performance of statistics-delivering applications. With this new architecture, Statistics Netherlands was able to leverage shipping data from the UN to create real-time visualizations and dashboards monitoring the state of the economy, and to enable universities to measure the success of graduates using myriad filters and data sources, without ever seeing the identity of individual students, which was a legal requirement.