The public cloud services market is expected to grow 18 percent this year, according to Gartner, totaling $246.8 billion. With the research firm also predicting sizeable growth in the Middle East and North Africa, India, and the Asia/Pacific region by year’s end, it’s clear that this is a global movement that is on the rise among today’s enterprises.
Although many companies are still determining their overall cloud strategy, the question for many is not whether to implement a cloud solution, but when and how it will be carried out. Sid Nag, research director at Gartner, has cited numerous reasons for this uptick in cloud services, noting that many companies are now realizing the benefits of cloud solutions. These include greater agility and scalability, lower costs, and more opportunities for innovation—all of which are factors that fuel business growth and enable companies to keep pace within their industries.
Case in point: Intrigo Systems
One such company benefiting from the cloud is Intrigo Systems, a systems integrator and technology service provider that specializes in implementing extended supply chain solutions for its customers. Started in 2009, the company has undergone tremendous growth within the last eight years. This has resulted in a customer base of nearly 200 organizations, with revenues ranging from US$300 million to $60 billion, which are served by Intrigo’s network of more than 250 consultants worldwide.
While most of its operations are based in North America, Intrigo has been expanding its business. The company has gone from having offices in Fremont, Calif., Houston, and Dallas to establishing a presence worldwide. Today, Intrigo boasts offices not only in multiple United States cities, but in Chennai, Bangalore, Frankfurt, and Heidelberg.
Designing for the future
Intrigo’s remarkable success and growth since its formation led the company to a crossroads. Like many in its position, it needed to start looking ahead and considering what tools would be required to create a foundation that could support its aggressive global scale-up.
“We realized the only way we could do this was to bring automation and the digital transformation to our enterprise,” said Kanth Krishnan, chief customer officer of Intrigo Systems. “Another important consideration for us was how we could accomplish this efficiently, while still providing our customers and network of consultants with top-notch service and resources.”
Intrigo began drilling down into its business processes, identifying the need to eliminate redundancies and enhance its resource management capabilities. By implementing an integrated business solution, the company has been able to better manage its assets. This has improved its ability to oversee its network of consultants and satisfy the various needs of its wide-ranging customer base.
Following this, the company turned to another trouble spot: travel and expenses. As the business grew, Intrigo’s consultants began to expand their reach, traveling worldwide to deliver its services and expertise to customers, many of which operate on an international scale. Intrigo knew it was critical to establish a more organized and scalable means of tracking these items. To accomplish this, it turned to an automated expense-reporting tool, which has helped the organization better manage these processes. While these solutions have helped address specific areas of the business, there was still the issue of how best to manage the company’s operations holistically.
“We felt as if we had hit a wall,” said Krishnan. “We’d grown to such a degree that we felt limited by many of our other systems, which couldn’t deliver the services we needed from a multinational standpoint. We thought about implementing local solutions in each country, but that didn’t really make sense to us. We realized we needed a more inclusive solution and couldn’t think of any company better suited to provide it than SAP.”
Intrigo wanted to create a single platform on which it could operate as a cohesive, global entity. It also wanted the ability to manage its resources and projects more efficiently. The company hoped that a more intuitive and comprehensive system would allow it to gain better visibility into its projects, from where money and resources were spent to how different initiatives translated into outcomes for customers.
Understanding how its projects were operating was just one aspect the company’s journey. Intrigo knew it needed to put in place a system that could not only supply valuable data on how its money and employees were being allocated, but also provide insight that would help the company make proactive changes to improve its operations and lower expenses.
To accomplish these goals, Intrigo implemented a solution equipped with an advanced in-memory platform, which brings contextual analytics, digital assistance capabilities, machine learning, and a well-designed user interface to the public cloud. The solution enables companies to benefit from the latest and most innovative advances in ERP without sizeable up-front capital expenditures or extensive infrastructure changes.
The solution includes a personal assistant, which streamlines many of the tedious tasks associated with enterprise maintenance and offers insights and guidance to drive efficient collaboration and better business decisions.
A new, intelligent ERP core
In just eight weeks, the solution became the intelligent core of Intrigo’s ERP platform. The rapid, fit-to-standard implementation ensured that the company could smoothly transition its operations without any lapse in service or functions. It also integrated tightly with existing solutions to serve as a scalable, long-term platform capable of growing and changing with the company, and help it remain responsive and competitive within its market.
As a result, Intrigo has gained greater visibility into its operations, enhanced its resource management capabilities, reduced revenue leakage, built robust controls and compliance processes, and instituted an intuitive, unified platform to better oversee global business operations from end to end. This is bringing increased transparency and efficiency to every aspect of the business, from billing and timesheets to customer engagement and employee satisfaction.
For more insight on where cloud solutions are headed, see Why CFOs Are Getting Serious About The Cloud.