Simplot plants new ERP, analytics software

Food producer selects Cognos to complement ERP

Food production company Simplot Australia will implement a new enterprise business intelligence package from September 2009 in conjunction with a new ERP system.

Simplot selected IBM's Cognos 8 for the BI project that will be used by up to 600 staff at the company.

The company's CIO for business transformation, Martin Nowak-Rowe, says Simplot will be using the ERP system for reporting on the operational and transactional aspects of its business, but when it comes to high-level decision making or identifying and analysing trends, "we need BI".

"We selected IBM because it is robust and a significant player in the market. We see it as an investment for the long term," he says.

Cognos 8 BI will be used to consolidate Simplot's financial management reporting, providing an improved view of data drawn from the company's demand management and ERP applications.

The solution will then be extended to other areas of the business including manufacturing, sales, operations, HR and payroll.

Nowak-Rowe says this is a long-term project about decision making and using information.

"It is about people not spending their time collating and formatting data but rather having them analyse information so that they can obtain value from it," he says.

"We expect that IBM Cognos 8 BI will assist us by combining all the different types of data within our business and making it possible for us to identify process and planning efficiencies."

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