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  • Case study: Implement smarter production processes

     The challenge

    A publicly traded American manufacturer faced challenges due to operational constraints and complexities in its production processes. Demand for many of the company’s products outstripped production due to the building boom in 2021 and the necessity of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical packaging during the pandemic.

    Complicating matters, the client’s specialty product requires a complex, three-step manufacturing process, which resulted in production bottlenecks and downtime, and slowed production significantly. In a fast-paced manufacturing environment, each hour of downtime results in major losses. The client recognized that it could lose market share and its reputation for reliability if it did not get to the root of the issues and engineer a solution.

     The breakthrough

    The organization engaged EY services given the organization’s understanding of how to apply Microsoft technology to address core operational challenges through streamlining planning and scheduling processes. To meet the client’s requirements, the EY teams started by assessing existing operational processes and reviewed the plant floor to identify operations or steps that could be automated or improved. By employing Microsoft Azure technologies and the Microsoft Power Platform, EY teams were able to build a complex scheduling improvement model that balanced both operational and performance indicators.

    Microsoft technologies leveraged:

    • Microsoft Azure Databricks
    • Microsoft Power Platform
     The results

    Over the course of a few months, a tailored approach was implemented that improved  the client’s technology investments in Microsoft and EY Supply Chain & Intelligent Operations.

    New technologies and greater efficiencies created a more manageable production schedule by reducing downtime and predicting needed maintenance.

    For a manufacturer this large, each eliminated day of downtime per month from improved operations equates to about $1 million in recovered sales revenue. The new production schedule also produces less deterioration on the production machines and creates a predictive maintenance schedule to reduce expensive repairs going forward. This modern scheduling and planning framework provided by EY is scalable for future iterations. Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Power Platform deliver at speed with the flexibility to add incremental enhancements over time.

With data emerging as today’s currency, it’s an important time for businesses to unlock all the value they can from their data assets and investments. Leading companies are accelerating their data-driven transformations from siloed, restricted sets of facts, to a trusted, data fabric integrated across the enterprise. Data-centric organization allows employees to make more informed decisions on the spot and aggregate their decisions into insightful predictive analytics – a more accurate market entry plan, or a complete supply chain overhaul. Data no longer looks backward – it predicts the future.

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EY innovative award-winning technology consulting services and solutions are infused with powerful Microsoft knowledge and technologies. Our credentials draw on decades of demonstrated successful implementations, capabilities and technical certifications. We confidently meet the rigorous requirements to help companies quickly develop and implement optimal data-driven strategies and solutions across their organization and sectors.

EY professionals have attained 6 solutions partner designations and 6 advanced specializations on Microsoft technology by demonstrating a wide range of successful implementations, capabilities, and technical competencies.

EY solution designations include:

  • Business Applications
  • Data and AI
  • Digital and App Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • Modern Work
  • Security

EY advanced specializations include:

  • Analytics on Microsoft Azure
  • AI and Machine Learning in Microsoft Azure
  • Adoption and Change management
  • Kubernetes on Microsoft Azure
  • Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Microsoft Azure
  • Low code Application Development

EY industry recognition includes:

  • Forrester – The Forrester Wave: Microsoft Business Application Services, Q4 2021
  • IDC – 2021 Leader Worldwide Microsoft Implementation Services
  • Gartner – 2021 Leader for Data and Analytics Service Providers

Microsoft has recognized EY with the following awards:

  • 2020, 2021 and 2022 Global Advisory Partner of the Year
  • 2022 Global AI Partner of the Year
  • 2022 Global Security Partner of the Year
  • 2022 Global Power Automate Partner of the Year
  • 2022 Global D365 Sales Partner
  • 2020 Global Financial Services Partner of the Year
  • 2020 Global Energy Partner of the Year

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