Becker Underwood Creates a More Intelligent Supply Chain with IBM Business Analytics

Published on 15-Feb-2013

Customer:
Becker Underwood

Industry:
Industrial Products

Deployment country:
United States

Solution:
BA - Business Analytics, BA - Performance Management, Big Data & Analytics, Big Data & Analytics: Transform processes, Business Integration, Information Integration

Overview

Becker Underwood is a global multinational company founded in 1982 with offices in nine different countries, on five continents, and customers in fifty-four countries. The company develops and produces a wide range of agricultural and horticultural solutions for turf management, agriculture, seed treatment, vegetation management, forestry, pest control, and many other industries.

Business need:
Business objectives included: Reduce number of reporting systems, streamline infrastructure, and optimize data assets for global consistency and timeliness. Implement a well-researched, end-to-end enterprise performance information system for business intelligence, planning, and financial consolidation. Improve supply chain operations for inventory optimization. Synchronize global communication and collaboration both internally and externally with customers and suppliers.

Solution:
True to their culture of innovation and always thinking ahead, Becker Underwood deeply researched and implemented an enterprise business analytics system that would support their global business intelligence, planning, and financial consolidation demands.

Benefits:
The global organization has consistent information for improved collaboration leading to more customer-focused product improvements, better customer service, and shorter lead times. Elimination of previous manual efforts and spreadsheets has significantly increased productivity which allows FTEs to focus more time on analytics — delivering improved decisions and outcomes. Enhancements in reporting capabilities has streamlined the report production environment, improved maintenance, and reduced reports from approximately 450 down to 50 in a single business area.

Products and services used

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

Software:
Cognos Controller, Cognos TM1, Cognos Business Intelligence

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