IBM Smarter Analytics Gives Jabil Better Insight Into Financial Performance

Published on 05-Nov-2012

"We have established ourselves as one of the leading companies in our field, and over the past six years, our revenues have grown" - Steve Thomson, Senior Director of Finance Transformation, Jabil

Jabil Circuit

Electronics, Industrial Products

Deployment country:
United States

BA - Business Analytics, BA - Business Intelligence, BA - Performance Management, Big Data & Analytics, Big Data & Analytics: Transform processes

IBM Business Partner:


Transforming financial analysis with help from IBM and AlignAlytics

Business need:
As an electronics manufacturer and supply chain specialist, Jabil needs a detailed understanding of every aspect of its finances. Spreadsheet-based reporting processes were no longer providing the degree of insight that the business needed to maintain a rapid rate of growth.

Jabil built a comprehensive suite of analytical tools based on IBM Business Analytics software, and worked with AlignAlytics to drive adoption among financial analysts, senior executives and plant-based employees.

- Provides insight that the finance department can use to guide action – enabling a more proactive response to business problems; - Improves service delivery to internal customers, raising the profile of the finance department within the organization; -Reduces the monthly financial close - Enables self-service analytics, reducing the reporting requirements of the finance teams


Jabil is a supply chain management and electronic manufacturing partner providing customers with intelligently designed global supply chains and product manufacture and development in the healthcare, aerospace, industrial, clean tech, storage, telecommunications and consumer industries. With over 100,000 employees at more than 60 facilities across the globe, the company generated revenues of $16.5 billion in 2011.

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Cognos Controller, Cognos TM1, Cognos Business Intelligence, Cognos Business Viewpoint

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