A multi-national manufacturing company grew very quickly by making acquisitions around the world to penetrate markets usually serviced by smaller regional firms. This strategy helped grow revenue and accelerate their global presence, which initially produced positive business results. One of the major internal challenges was that many diverse organizations, applications and data solutions were absorbed into the enterprise and operated independently of each other.
From a data point of view, the data was held in silos and each group had their own interpretation of their business data. These different departments then produced and managed their own business intelligence and analytics. The company’s goal was to operate as a single global enterprise and to take advantage of the available economies of scale in areas such as quality management, sourcing, sales and supply chain functions.
By constructing a comprehensive data view for the enterprise, departments were able to use data in a streamlined manner rather than idiosyncratic consumption that promotes inefficiencies. Unnecessary costs and redundant data dropped dramatically while managers were able to have a broad view into the company.
WorldLink's Consulting and Systems Integration Services is able to assess, plan, and build an enterprise data architecture that enabled the company to have a comprehensive data view of all business functions by doing the following: