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Domtar: Taking their data-driven initiatives to the cloud

With Google Cloud Platform, Domtar has transformed its Business Intelligence environment and increased the adoption of their data-driven initiatives globally.

Historians say we are in the Scientific Revolution. Cloud Transformation is analogous to moving from the Agricultural to the Scientific Revolution. We have gotten smarter and don’t have to plow the fields by hand anymore as we have machines.”
– Alisha Thompson
Sr. Director, Global Digital COE and BI

The challenge

As the largest integrated producer of uncoated free-sheet paper in North America and the second-largest in the world, Domtar as a data-driven organization has realized a drastic increase in data storage and consumption needs.

To support the storage and management of their sales, customer, and product data as well as hosting of their Business Intelligence environments they required more scalability modernized infrastructure and architecture to accommodate current and future needs for all their business units across the globe. 

The solution

To support their data-driven initiatives and provide Domtar with the scalability and ease of management they require we defined an environment transformation plan that included moving their existing Business Intelligence applications to Google Cloud. 

To support the user adoption of their now modernized architecture Business Intelligence environments we provided enhanced analytical insights into app utilization, environmental health, and more to help track and maintain optimal performance of their now modernized environment. Domtar was able to not only ‘lift & shift’ their compute workloads, but the transition also improved their entire stack through immediately improving costs by understanding optimal use patterns, and through demand-based scale for their business applications used worldwide.

The results

The modernization efforts contributed to increased performance of 300% and adoption of their Business Intelligence and analytics applications throughout the organization resulting in over 200%.

These improvements are now helping Domtar’s Global Business Intelligence adoption efforts and growing valuable business insights across the enterprise and improve productivity and collaboration.

Lift and Shift of PWC’s Microstrategy environment from AWS to Google Cloud at lightning speed for lightening speeds

To reduce the cost and maintenance overhead of PWC’s Business Intelligence environment,  Pandera successfully completed a Lift and Shift from AWS to Google Cloud.

“We have been using Google Cloud for just over a year now without issue or failure.  I mean zero issues. The financial side of the equation is awesome as well. We reduced operational costs by 60% thanks to Pandera and their elite team of engineers. I’d highly recommend Google Cloud to anyone as it’s flexible, extensible, and free of issues.”

– Justin Thewlis
Head of Data Intelligence

The challenge

PWC’s current static infrastructure utilizing AWS presented  issues such as high hosting and upgrade process costs. In addition, the maintenance of their current infrastructure and legacy systems required a very labor intensive managed services effort.

The solution

A Lift and Shift of PWC’s Microstrategy environment on AWS to Google Cloud to provide them a more secure and stable environment while also delivering exponential savings in hosting and maintenance costs. GCP enabled transition focused services to rapidly shift to modern infrastructure to activate performance around dynamic loads and smart apps engineering and smart analytics for the business across the country. Speed was a driver but sophisticated continuous release management and integrated testing was a key component of the modernization effort to innovate faster.

The results

The Lift and Shift from AWS to Google Cloud resulted in a flexible on-demand infrastructure with reduced cost, 24/7 cloud and infrastructure support, upgrade on demand, and a feeling of ownership of their environment which they didn’t previously have.

In addition, the new infrastructure enabled scheduled Microstrategy platform upgrades with predictable downtime and testing; Always keeping them up to date with new releases. 

Perdue Farms: Creating a single source of truth and smart analytics for faster time to insights.

With Google Cloud, Perdue is increasing visibility across all business units and drastically improving reporting frequency from monthly to daily reporting providing a positive impact for business and operations.

“Previously we were only able to report month end values. Thanks to Google Cloud Platform and Pandera’s work, we can now report prior day which positively impacts our business and operations”
– Mike Boyer
VP of Information Technology

The challenge

Perdue’s Agribusiness is one of the nation’s most established agricultural companies and provides a wide variety of outstanding products and services. This diversity in product offerings and business units has introduced challenges in providing a unified view of spend activity and operations across all business units.

With no previous cloud implementation, Perdue relied on monthly reporting from disparate data sources which resulted in making more reactive decisions and hindered their ability to control costs effectively. 

The solution

In order to effectively manage costs and operations and increase visibility into their business unit activity, we proposed an infrastructure modernization and smart analytics approach for Perdue’s Agribusiness and procurement analytics needs. 

This included high-frequency integration from many ERP’s systems and various versions into a cloud data & analytics warehouse. The data and affiliated measurements had to be rationalized and standardized through integrated points along their data pipeline to handle complex business rules and diversity in system and business processes for a scalable data management solution for this and future needs. The data streams into a common analytical data model housed in BigQuery, where research, self-service and analytically prepared dashboards have high-performance access for many business and IT teams to increase collaboration and productivity in business processes.

The results

Through Google Cloud, Perdue was able to transform disparate data sources into a single version of the truth and drastically improve the delivery of insights into dynamic data stories. This transformation allows Perdue to gain daily vs monthly reporting empowering proactive decision making to manage costs and operations across their business units. Real-time smart analytics enabling commodity heading and strategic sourcing and spend intelligence across 14B in total spend.

Solution: End-to-end Machine Learning pipeline that analyzes, categorizes, and alerts compliance officers about digital behavior and social media made by professional & collegiate athletes.

With Google Cloud, customer is innovating in the industry by building new solutions that address critical issues impacting athletes on social media.

“We are very happy about what Pandera built with us and I make it a point to highlight that with every opportunity I can as we meet strategic partners and customers”
– Anonymous
VP of Information Technology

The challenge

College athletic departments struggle to oversee all their student athletes’ behavior online. Behavior which has proven to be detrimental to the school brand or student body and the health and safety of the institution.

The solution

Customer sport developed a platform for coaches and teams to support their students and athletes in the 21st century. Customer has been implementing technology to support all of the NCAA, NBA, 11,000 high schools, and 9 countries.

Customer added to this suite of tools for coaches the ability to measure and coach on behavior risk, depression, aggressive behavior by ingesting petabytes of data via a Modern Infrastructure comprised of data pipeline, complex AI leveraging GCP AI features, to activate Smart Analytics that ultimately cast information signals to support teams to  guide and prevent issues.

The results

NCAA divisions are able to use the platform to coach in on the court and better able to coach off the court. The technology is able to do what thousands of compliance team members cannot do at scale and consistently.

Pandera is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Chief Data & Analytics Officers Fall Conference

Join Pandera on November 18th – 20th at the Chief Data & Analytics Officers Fall Conference in Boston, MA. CDAO is the largest gathering of executive-level Data & Analytics leaders on the east coast!

Pandera is looking forward to joining other analytics leaders at CDAO where the focus will be on transforming data-awareness into an insight-obsession. Become a driving force for decisions made across the company, including customer, operations, processes, and beyond. Break expectations by building a partnership with customers internal and external for greater, more focused insights. Breakthrough the hype of the latest technology to build an implementation plan focused on business needs and ability.


Join Pandera at Google Cloud OnBoard

We invite you to join Pandera at Google Cloud OnBoard on Nov. 4th in Washington D.C. and on Nov. 14th in Orlando, FL. Cloud OnBoard is a free, instructor-led training event, that gives you a headstart on your journey to developing on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Through a combination of presentations and technical demos, you’ll learn all about virtual machines, containers, applications, big data, and machine learning. What you choose to build next, is up to you! (more…)

Join Pandera in Nashville, TN at Google Cloud Onboard

Join Pandera on September 19th at Google Cloud OnBoard in Nashville, TN. Cloud OnBoard is a free, instructor-led training event, that gives you a headstart on your journey to developing on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Through a combination of presentations and technical demos, you’ll learn all about virtual machines, containers, applications, big data, and machine learning. What you choose to build next, is up to you! (more…)

Driving Transformation through the Cloud

Pandera will be hosting a lineup of executive events and roadshows across the country in the upcoming months that will provide attendees the exclusive opportunity to gain valuable insight into how industry-leading organizations are utilizing cloud-enabled technologies to gain a competitive advantage and drive a positive ROI.


Let’s Connect at Google Next ’19

Pandera + Google Cloud: Reimagine the Customer Experience
Join Pandera at Google Next ’19 as we showcase our AI-driven Customer Experience Management solution for the on-demand and always evolving retail landscape. Our CEM solution will enable brands to make the connections that matter- increase customer loyalty, sales conversion rates, and customer satisfaction. Powered by the Google Cloud Platform, our end-to-end CEM AI solution will provide sustained improvements—and a measurable positive impact for retail-focused organizations. Stop by booth #1269 to learn more.
Join our Cloud Talk!
Topic: Reimagine the Customer Experience
When: Wednesday, April 10th @5:30pm
Where: Theater 1
Who: Joshua Sutton | Pandera CEO
Let’s schedule some time to meet!
We would love to connect with you at our booth or anytime during the conference that works best for you. Feel free to reach out! Connect with our GCP solution experts at

Smart City Challenge participants to present solutions to the City of Orlando

As we head towards the end of 2017 our community outreach team at Pandera still has quite a bit of work to do. We started the year with the commitment to invest back into our local tech communities and launched OTAB which has quickly become Orlando’s leading technology-focused program. Through OTAB we focus on helping the growth of our local technology community by working with local startups and also inspiring new innovations and ideas through community programs.