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Zak Designs Selects Halo BI as BI Platform

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 16, 2013 – Halo Business Intelligence (Halo BI), a global provider of business intelligence software, announced today that Spokane, WA-based Zak Designs , a large scale manufacturer of kitchen and dining products, has selected Halo BI as their business intelligence solution provider. The company will use Halo BI's holistic BI platform initially to enable their sales and product development personnel to mine company data on their own – and use it more effectively.

According to Zak Designs Chief Information Officer Raymond Shill, the company evaluated platforms from Oracle BI, Birst and Domo before selecting Halo BI. "The bottom line is that the Halo BI platform is easy to use and maintain," said Shill. "We're already seeing some tangible benefits like reduced time to produce reporting," Shill added. "Halo BI is giving our sales people greater and faster access, and the mobile capabilities are excellent."

Key platform components of the Halo BI solution that Zak Designs will deploy include:

  • Halo Source – the data aggregation and analysis engine is providing Zak Designs with enterprise-grade data mashup, data quality, warehousing and analysis;
  • Halo Prism -- delivers a full spectrum of interactive dashboards and reporting options, coupled with built-in collaboration tools that's allowing Zak Designs users to visualize information, discuss it and assign tasks and track results without leaving Prism.
  • Halo Rings -- part of Halo BI's Prism Dashboard Visualization Tool. It's an integrated collaboration tool built right into Zak Designs' dashboard views, which is enabling sales staffers to communicate better with management.

About Zak Designs

Zak Designs manufactures an extensive array of dinnerware products featuring children's favorite characters, tableware and kitchen prep products. The company also licenses intellectual property from large institutional brands and distributes the products through national retailers. Zak Designs currently has about 180 employees, two facilities in Washington and annual revenue of $50 million. For more information, visit their website at

About Halo Business Intelligence

Halo BI, established in 2008, is a San Diego-based, Microsoft Gold Certified company offering a full suite of business intelligence solutions. The company has more than 300 customers in construction, health care, hospitality, manufacturing, professional services and retail worldwide. Developed to leverage common business software systems, open technologies, and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, Halo BI frees non-technical users to do their own data mining, analysis and reporting without relying on IT staff or proprietary applications. Additional offices are in Australia, Austria, China and New Zealand. For more information, contact Halo BI at (888) 300-0219, email:, or on the web:

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