The formula for success
In order to monitor every aspect of performance, Renault Sport Formula One Team cars contain more than 200 sensors. Because two or more sensors can be matched to form around 20,000 virtual channels, cars, during tests and races, relay an enormous volume of data back to Renault Sport Formula One Team. “We deal with huge amounts of data in real time,” says Everest. “While the cars go around the track, they send a real-time stream of data, and there are people in the garage making decisions based on that data about what they can change to try and gain a competitive advantage on the track.”
Renault Sport Formula One Team decided to switch to the cloud-based Dynamics 365 for Operations so the team can store and analyze all this data without having to ship its servers around the globe for the 21 races it competes in each year. This also means the team can remotely send data and insights back to the facility where Renault Sport Formula One Team designs, manufactures, and develops its parts according to an innovation schedule that cannot afford any bottlenecks.
“Before every race or test, we have to compile a report for shipping parts to and from the event so that we can ensure that every single part will get to the track on time,” says Everest. “That report used to take someone a week to compile, but we’ve gotten that down to a fraction of that time now—just a few hours.”
And, by pairing Dynamics 365 for Operations with Microsoft Power BI, Renault Sport Formula One Team can call up data in real time, with rich interactive visuals on customized dashboards, allowing the team to make exact modifications at the breakneck speeds the races require. Everest continues, “When you look at it in terms of the efficiencies around improving how quickly people can do things, how easily people can do things, I’d say that’s where Dynamics 365 had the biggest impact.”