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From cutting edge IP, to maintenance management, to complex logistics, market research and sales, data is everything to manufacturers. Yet too many manufacturing organizations are stuck on outdated onsite systems that reduce productivity and force them to silo data, instead of learning from it.

Fortunately, the SAP HANA cloud is changing the game, giving manufacturers an ERP platform that moves at the speed of innovation with the convenience of a cloud solution. Here’s how it can benefit you.

Two Ways SAP HANA Cloud is Changing Manufacturing

  1. The SAP HANA cloud improves data management. As your business grows, underpowered data management can become an obstacle to continued growth. When Carlisle Construction Materials came to us, they had been steadily diversifying for decades, expanding rapidly in both commercial and residential construction. Their extensive product lines served multiple industries, including:
    • General construction
    • Roofing
    • Waterproofing
    • Framing

    As a result, their SAP system was getting bogged down under the sheer volume of data. Symmetry was able to quickly demo a custom solution in our SAP HANA Proof of Concept Lab, allowing them to see the performance and data management benefits of the SAP HANA cloud first hand.

    We built on the POC metrics, designing a HANA system with SAP BW and BOBJ to improve performance and reporting and provide great ROI. We also cleaned up their data during SAP HANA migration. Not only did this decrease their database footprint and increasing efficiency, but it also streamlined their system to manage future data more efficiency.

    The result? An SAP HANA cloud with:

    • Six times faster operations
    • Better visibility and reporting
    • Deeper analytics

    This substantially increased productivity, but even more importantly, it provided invaluable, real time business intelligence for their operation. The data management power of the SAP HANA cloud transformed their massive data load from a burden to a powerful asset, supporting better decision making.

  2. The SAP HANA cloud supports rapid scaling. Young manufacturing companies often outgrow onsite infrastructure quickly, decreasing flexibility, performance and adoption of cutting-edge tools and business processes. Companies were forced to either spend a fortune and suffer months of disruption from a major IT infrastructure upgrade, or put it off for a little longer and cope with decreased performance (and often, stability).Karma Automotive came to us looking for something different: a sustainable strategy that would allow them to scale as they grew, supporting the rapid pace of innovation in the automotive industry. Symmetry provided an HPE-powered SAP HANA cloud solution, designed to provide current benefits like high performance and real time analytics, while supporting future growth.In Symmetry’s SAP HANA cloud hosting environment, Karma can scale their data storage up to 12 terabytes, shattering the standard 1 TB virtualization limit. They’ll be able to grow their cloud and IT infrastructure with their company, avoiding the cycle of performance degradation and disruptive upgrades traditional ERP imposes. Every company has growing pains, but with SAP HANA, future upgrades won’t be one of them.

The SAP HANA cloud makes your data work for you. Data isn’t just something to process or store — it’s the heart and soul of your organization. But all too often, manufacturers lack the ability to cope with big data, becoming less flexible and efficient as they grow. SAP HANA transforms data from a burden to a benefit, allowing your organization to scale painlessly, process information efficiently, and use your growing data to make smarter decisions and stay competitive.

Learn more with our free guide: The Hidden Benefits of the SAP HANA Cloud Unlocked.

Matt Lonstine, Director of SAP Technology

Matt Lonstine, Director of SAP Technology

A Leader and SAP technical veteran, Matt Lonstine oversees the SAP Technologists that make up Symmetry’s Delivery team, while providing strategic guidance to customers. Matt has managed and executed some of Symmetry’s most complex projects with a current focus on HANA, virtualization, disaster recovery, system hardening, and migrations to Symmetry’s SAP Cloud environment.