BRAAS is a large distributor of industrial automation products in the U.S., serving companies worldwide.
For Tim Bloudek, Director of Business Information Systems at BRAAS, keeping ERP data safely isolated yet readily accessible was a challenge. Millions of products, thousands of active customers and a need for near real-time analysis and reporting—that wouldn’t slow down the ERP system—drove Bloudek to seek a data replication solution.
The solution would have to be able to handle the massive data volume, keep information safe and, most importantly, enable the flexibility for Bloudek and his team to work with other data management tools.
Since 1961, BRAAS has been helping customers maintain, automate and improve manufacturing systems across industries ranging from food packaging to bio medical. For Bloudek and the BRAAS team, a smart approach to information management has always been a priority.
“We recognized about a decade ago that we were going to have to be pretty darn good at information,” Bloudek explains. Today, Bloudek’s definition of being “good at information” involves a pretty specific list of tasks. Over time, as processes evolve and change, Bloudek wants information management solutions capable of keeping up. To avoid potential limitations, he sought a solution that would help him get to information more efficiently and effectively and would integrate with third-party tools seamlessly.