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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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