Charles Machine Works (Ditch Witch)

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When we saw how easily and reliably the Microsoft-Simplement solution unlocked SAP data, optimized reporting and analysis, and integrated with Microsoft SharePoint Server, we realized it would open many doors for us.
— Jason Newell, a CMW application architect

Client

The Charles Machine Works (CMW), the parent company of eight machine companies, including Ditch Witch, manufacturers of directional drills, vacuum excavators and other heavy equipment.

Challenge

The company depends heavily on SAP data to run its business, but found it difficult to create business intelligence (BI) reports, and was unable to make broad use of SAP data.

Solution

Microsoft technology and Simplement Data Liberator™.

Results

CMW deployed Simplement Data Liberator™ for SQL Server 2008 R2 and within two days had its existing profitability analysis reports running in the new environment. They replaced 80% of their SAP BW reports in one month.

The Microsoft-Simplement solution costs about 25 percent of what SAP BO and SAP HANA would have cost. More importantly, the company can do much more with its data.


Albany International

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Getting profitability data before was a difficult, time-consuming process that could only be done a couple of times per year. Now, the data modeling is fluid and faster than anything we’ve had before.
— Dawne Wimbrow, Vice President and CIO

Client

Albany International is the world’s leading producer of custom-designed fabrics and belts for the paper industry and other process industries. 

Challenge

The company was missing key information about profitability and didn’t have the proper tools to measure it. “SAP BW is more of a reporting tool and not the true business intelligence and data discovery technology that we needed to explore product profitability and other critical information,” says Vice President and CIO, Dawne Wimbrow.

Solution

Simplement Data Liberator Platform, running on SQL Server 2012 or 2014.

Results

The dashboards provide simple, real-time snapshots of complex manufacturing metrics such as the number of products shipped per week for each division.

In addition, analysts who use the manufacturing metrics dashboards can make faster, more-informed business decisions and create new strategies to boost profitability.

With the help of Data Liberator, the company now has a complete view of profitability for the first time ever. 


Sysmex

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Client

Sysmex America, Inc. is a leading life sciences company specializing in clinical diagnostic equipment. The organization is part of Sysmex Corporation of Japan.

Challenge

Managers at Sysmex had no easy way to access information from multiple data sources, including ERP and regulatory compliance software systems.

Previously, Sysmex hired highly specialized consultants to create reports, but they ended up with a huge backlog as they waited for IT to code the reports based on rigid, pre-defined specifications.

Solution

Microsoft technology and Simplement Data Liberator™.

Results

Within a few months, the company developed over 40 key management reports, achieving a “single version of the truth” and empowering managers with actionable information. By choosing Microsoft over competing BI solutions, Sysmex has saved approximately $2 million on licensing, specialist consulting, and development costs.