Azure as the perfect foundation for cloud success
While identifying and tapping new data sources definitely offers new insights, the BekaertDeslee executive team was more interested in valorizing the data it already has.
“IoT is a hot topic right now, but it’s important not to underestimate the power and utility of combining existing data sources,” Rik cautions. “Our initial goal was to unlock local production data by combining it with our existing SAP ERP data. In the future, we plan to also embrace IoT, combining our existing data with new data gathered through IoT sensors and uploading it to the Azure cloud.”
BekaertDeslee relies on a variety of IT systems for its operations, developed by both SAP and Microsoft. Its IT team is also very supportive of cloud solutions, as they offer key advantages: “There’s no need to procure or configure equipment on premise, and it’s easy to benefit from economies of scale and mobility,” asserts Rik.
“We’re a Microsoft customer, and we had been using Azure for other applications,” he continues. “All the contracts were already in place, making Azure the perfect cloud solution for us.”