Manufacturing BI streamlines process and expands growth

about the company

Soleras Advanced Coatings produces sputtering technology and advanced coatings materials to companies in the glass production and construction sectors, as well as high-tech display and touch screen manufacturers. The company has factories in Belgium, China, Taiwan, and the U.S. to meet the industries’ global demand.

their challenges

  • Soleras lacked an efficient way to share data throughout the company
  • The company found it difficult to keep up with fierce competition of the high-tech display industry
  • They felt they lacked full control over planning and budgets

how we helped

  • TARGIT delivers complete insight on all costs of materials and operations
  • Employees around the world have a simplified reporting process
  • Employees of every department can easily create dashboards and analyses that give everyone a comprehensive, easy-to-understand overview of the business
business analytics for manufacturing

"You need to have complete insight on all your costs, of materials, of operations, of everything. And that’s where TARGIT BI and analytics comes into action."

Ringo Vandenberghe, IT Manager, soleras

When Soleras was put to the test in 2012 with a highly ambitious growth strategy, the company knew they needed help in streamlining processes to meet the goals set forth in the time limit they were given. Two years into the challenge, they had nudged up sales of sputtering equipment, but they needed to demonstrate rapid growth to meet the seven-year deadline. To do that, they needed more comprehensive view of their global business.

“With a business model and set up like ours, it’s very difficult to capture and analyze all costs and margins across all products and business areas, from purchase to production to sales,” says Ringo Vandenberghe, Soleras IT Manager.

With an inefficient data sharing model, Soleras found it difficult to keep up with the fierce competition and fast-paced nature of the high-tech display sector.

“We see more and more competitors emerging in high-growth markets,” says Vandenberghe. “This means our margins come under pressure and the throughput time has to be less and less, which means we need better control of planning and costs.”

Trusted information, fast

More specifically, employees needed faster and more trusted access to company data. With static Excel spreadsheets employees used for information analyses and sharing, there were no data visualization capabilities, uniform reports, or automatic updates that employees could rely on for better insight.

“We have big data cubes where vast amounts of information is stored. With Excel, it was very difficult to extract the information you were looking for. It took a lot of time to create reports and there was always a risk of using the wrong information ... Excel cost us a lot of efficiency and time.”

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