Plano Molding

Plano tackles one world view with TARGIT's BI for manufacturing

about the company

Plano Molding has been supplying outdoor enthusiasts with equipment protection and storage solutions since 1952. They are the market-leading makers of tackle boxes, stowaways, gun cases, and plastic molded products.

their challenges

  • Plano needed a way to consolidate data from around the globe into a unified company view
  • Their current reporting software couldn't keep up with their needs for comprehensive insight or real-time access to data
  • Systems were so complicated only IT employees had access to data and served as gatekeepers

how we helped

  • TARGIT pulls in data from every department to deliver one world view of the company to employees around the world
  • TARGIT seamlessly folds in every company acquisition as they happen multiple time a year
  • TARGIT's ease-of-use means employees outside IT use it intimately every day
With products, locations, and divisions spanning the globe, Plano Molding needed a business intelligence solution to help them unify the company vision and ensure a single world view for all employees. The company adopted a reporting application that came with a bag of promises it simply couldn’t live up to. Overall, it required too much maintenance as a system and hand-holding for any employees outside of IT attempting to use it.

Plano was on the hunt for a BI platform that met the needs of Plano employees in every department when technology consulting firm Sikich recommended TARGIT Decision Suite. 

“We had looked ... a number of other options,” says Mel Heckman, Director of Business Intelligence at Plano Molding. “TARGIT just had everything we were looking for.”

After a smooth implementation process, Plano started with sales and inventory data before fully pulling in finance and purchasing to become the company’s one, fully integrated BI and reporting system. TARGIT Decision Suite pulls data directly into cubes from internal data sources—AS/400 Oracle system—and external data sources—such as desktop Excel files—and integrates them into the data warehouse multiple times a day.

One customer, one view

Plano Molding continues to expand rapidly, and depends on TARGIT Decision Suite to help them seamlessly fold in every company acquisition as they happen. With acquisitions happening multiple times per year, this is a major project. Each company that is acquired comes with their own ERP system that is incapable of communicating with Plano’s own back-end ERP system. This made it impossible to be gain a full view of profitability across the board unless spreadsheets were merged by hand. This was time consuming, prone to human error, and static. 
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