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Global Manufacturer Kennametal Engages in Digital Transformation with IBM and SAP



With nearly 12,000 employees worldwide, Kennametal is a global industrial technology leader delivering productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions to customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation. The company is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, and serves customers in more than 60 countries, recording annual sales of approximately USD2.6 billion.


Business need
To sustain product and service innovation and continue driving improvements in on-time delivery to clients, Kennametal wanted to accelerate business processes and reporting in its SAP® ERP landscape.

Kennametal worked with IBM® Global Business Services® to migrate SAP® ERP from an Oracle database to a SAP HANA® in-memory database running on an IBM Power Systems™ server with IBM POWER8® processors.

Kennametal accelerates on-time performance reporting by 83 percent, checking open orders by 90 percent, searching its public web catalog by 25 percent and month-end financial closing by 33 percent.

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