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Three Companies Driving Digital Transformation

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You’ve heard about it; your company made it a priority for 2017, but how do you achieve digital transformation?  The task seems daunting, especially when you read headlines like 84% of companies fail at digital transformation. With most of the IT budget going to transformation projects, you’ve got to be amongst the 16% who succeed. To get started, let’s look at a few companies who took on digital transformation and won.


Mondi, an international packaging and paper group, needed to store and analyze large data volumes quickly. First, the company migrated to SAP HANA database and upgraded its ERP systems to IBM POWER8 servers. With these changes, they’re saving 200 person-hours a month, generating reports on averages three times faster and encouraging staff to use data to improve decision-making.

Mondi is now running a proof of concept with IBM Watson. “We believe IBM Watson technology will enable us to bring intelligent applications on top of that data. We also believe that, since we have a huge amount of data, technology is much smarter in finding correlations than humans could ever be. IBM Watson will be the game-changer,” said Rainer Steffl, Information Management Director of Mondi Europe and International.


To boost operational efficiency, CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, replaced a patchwork of disparate business systems with SAP ERP, which provides a holistic view of the entire enterprise.

“With help from IBM and SAP, we are transforming our business—bringing operational efficiency to new highs. We are already seeing the returns on our collaboration with IBM and SAP, and we stand to reap the benefits for years to come,” said Keith Campbell, SAP Project Manager for CertainTeed. With the ERP system, the company can ensure compliance and implementation of purchasing programs, shift from dealing with equipment break downs to predictive maintenance and prioritize manufacturing of goods that are urgently needed.


Innovation is the cornerstone of Kennametal’s business. The global industrial technology leader needed to continue driving improvements to product development and on-time delivery by accelerating business processes. Kennametal worked with IBM Global Business Services to migrate SAP ERP to a SAP HANA in-memory database – enabling Kennametal to serve its customers better and view key performance indicators faster.

“Maintaining our industry-leading position demands constant innovation, and thanks to our IBM and SAP solutions, we can react faster than ever to changing customer needs. Today, we generate reports on our open orders on the same working day—90 percent faster than before—which enables our people to plan more quickly and accurately, and deliver even more proactive, high-quality services to our customers,” said Steve Parker, Director, Application Development at Kennametal.  Kennametal also achieved an immediate boost in performance included 83% faster reporting of product delivery and making it 25% faster for web users to search the online product catalog.

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Through the IBM and SAP Digital Transformation Partnership, we’ve facilitated these clients’ digital transformation journey.  From transformations to implementations, we help our clients harness the power of information to accelerate enterprise growth and bottom line results. To hear more about what analyst and clients are saying about us, click here.

We look forward to working with you in 2017.

Managing Partner, Global Enterprise Applications, Global Business Services

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