Business users Sumitomo benefit from accessible and clear data

Sumitomo Chemical Europe has large amounts of company data. But how do you ensure that business users can independently extract valuable information from that data? Together with Ctac, Sumitomo implemented SAP BW/4HANA and SAP Analytics Cloud to make data more accessible and to provide employees with more overview.

Streamlined, efficient data processes

Sumitomo and Ctac jointly launched the Bright Windows project to gain better insight into company data. The project will be realized in three phases. First at Sales, then at Finance and then at Logistics. At the time of writing, the first phase has been completed. As part of the process, Ctac is implementing the data warehouse SAP BW/4HANA and SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) for analysis and business intelligence. The solutions run on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud service. Ctac takes care of the functional and technical management of the applications that run on AWS.

“Thanks to these tools, employees can extract value from data independently, without the help of IT,” Sumitomo explains. “We expect that with BW/4HANA and SAP Analytics Cloud we will streamline our data processes and that we will analyze data in a more efficient way. In addition, our processes become more cost-efficient, because we pay based on what we actually use instead of license bundles.”

“We look for solutions together and only stop when we are both satisfied.”

Senior IT Manager at Sumitomo Chemical Europe


Working together as equals

Sumitomo attributes the success of the fifteen-year collaboration with Ctac to open communication. “We look for solutions together and only stop when we are both satisfied. In addition, Ctac is not afraid to go against us every now and then and to convince us of a more suitable solution. This constructive approach makes our collaboration equal and successful. Ctac now has extensive knowledge of our projects, processes, needs and users. They transfer that knowledge internally, which ensures continuity.”

Expand internationally

Because the Bright Windows project already offers clear added value for Sumitomo Chemical Europe, it may be continued internationally. “We are thinking of an accelerated rollout within Sumitomo’s other European entities. In addition, we hope that the data project will contribute to improving the work processes between Europe and our headquarters in Japan. As this project continues to prove itself and we actually use data more effectively, we hope it will be adopted throughout the Sumitomo group.”

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Sumitomo Chemical Europe is part of the Sumitomo group with more than 160 companies active worldwide in chemicals, petrochemicals, plastics and much more. Sumitomo Chemical Europe handles the company's commercial and logistics operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


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