The solution they eventually built is called the Greenhouse. It is a landing page in which all the reports within the company are displayed. There is a distinction between the Insights Ready reports and Work in Progress ones, so people know which reports are ready to use, curated and checked and what reports people are working on at the moment.
The landing page shows the dashboards, metadata and its owner. This information prevents people from re-work or building something themselves that can already be found in a particular dashboard. It also makes it easier to navigate the various reports available and find the information you are looking for. Next to that, it sparks the curiosity of people.
“It is called the Green House because I believe that data is not the new oil. Because for me it says that data is a commodity that we need to protect. I prefer to believe that data is the new soil. Democratize data, let people play with it, let people plant their ideas and let see what grows.” – Karina Korpela
The analogy is used throughout the platform. Everything on the Work in Progress page is, for example, green, like a fruit in the Greenhouse, so it is ready for growth but not ripe yet.
In order to use the Greenhouse, you need to go through an onboarding process. The team essentially sits down with the business’s artisans and teaches them how to make an about page for their report and share this in the correct way in Sharepoint. The usage of the platform is pretty straightforward. If your report doesn’t have an About page, it will not pop up in the Greenhouse.