Cognex is the world’s leading provider of vision systems, software, sensors, and industrial barcode readers used in manufacturing automation. Dedicated to helping manufacturers get smarter, it was experiencing significant growth and wanted to expand its product selection into more solution- and service-package offerings, to create greater value and recurring revenue for customers.
Its existing ERP system was struggling to keep pace with the growing demands of the business. Cognex selected SAP S/4HANA for its ERP backbone because of its maturity and stability. It would also provide cross-functional integration to connect all areas of the business and consolidate data to deliver more value.
“We made the decision to invest in a world-class platform, but it was step one in a multi-phased project,” says Doug Curren, Senior Director, Business Applications, Cognex. “Having SAP as a foundation means you have a solid bottom floor of the house. You cannot build more floors without that strong base.”
Cognex chose to work with Capgemini on the integration because of its manufacturing experience, SAP credentials, and existing methodologies. Following the transition, the S/4HANA applications are hosted on Microsoft Azure. Cognex also uses Capgemini Cloud Platform (CCP) as a single cloud-management system to help the company leverage the efficiency and agility of these cloud solutions.
“We are a data-driven company, so we are very excited about the opportunities to use the data,” says Curren. “We are already seeing more sophisticated conversations across the business and more employees are seeing the potential value this project can bring. It is exciting to start to build on it and move to the next stage of our IT roadmap.”
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