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Meeting changing demand in a commodity market with IBM Cloud

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For manufacturers in a commodity market, the ability to gain share, grow and stay competitive can be a challenge. That’s why any increase in efficiency makes a difference.

Fábrica de Papel San Francisco, a Mexican producer and distributor of tissue paper products, such as napkins, toilet paper and paper towels, found that its IT infrastructure wasn’t able to keep up with its business.

Company leaders knew if they were to meet demand, they’d need to make a change. How could the company optimize or reduce costs and still have the flexibility and scalability needed to run efficiently and be competitive?

To answer this question, the company turned to IBM Cloud.

Seeking a cloud solution

Fábrica de Papel San Francisco operated an SAP application landscape split between on-premises servers in Mexicali and hosted servers in Guadalajara. It wasn’t easy to meet increases in demand because buying and integrating a new server might take two to three months. Company leaders knew that a cloud solution would deliver the ability to scale to meet seasonal demand rapidly and easily.

Fábrica de Papel San Francisco migrated its SAP landscape powered by SAP HANA applications to IBM Cloud bare metal servers certified by SAP for production SAP HANA and SAP NetWeaver workloads.

The servers run the RedHat Linux Enterprise Server operating system and use VMware to provide multiple independent virtual machines. Our company uses IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions for disaster recovery, backup, security and compliance services.

Fábrica de Papel San Francisco has introduced Internet of Things (IoT) in its production and distribution operations with SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence solutions running on IBM Cloud bare metal servers. For example, the company now employs loading dock sensors in trucks and operates an IoT-connected production line.

Driving down costs, making better-informed decisions

Moving to IBM Cloud bare metal servers has given Fábrica de Papel San Francisco the agility to meet changing business needs while retaining customer data in Mexico.

The IBM Cloud solution can be set up in a single day, expanded and scaled back quickly. The ability to scale up or down quickly is especially beneficial in an industry where orders can come in with very little lead time.

The cloud model is also much more cost-efficient. Fábrica de Papel San Francisco has realized a 30 percent cost-efficiency gain as well as a boost to performance and availability. Reports that once took five hours to generate can now be created in just seconds. Managers can make timelier, better-informed decisions with near-real-time insight.

All of this means that the company’s IT staff can be more proactive and focus on high-value activities. The company can seize new opportunities and gain competitive advantage in a fast-paced market.

Read the case study for more details.

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