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ACH Food Companies, Inc.

A leader in providing specialty food to North America's consumer and industrial markets, ACH Food Companies has doubled its sales in just over a decade by acquiring other established food companies and brands

“With Informatica we are able to reduce the time taken to integrate the legacy systems from an acquired organization from up to nine months to as little as four months.”

— Donnie Steward, CIO, ACH Food Companies

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Business Need

Accelerate time to value from business acquisitions.

Support transition from a commodity food manufacturer to a company with a strategic focus on brands.

Close the gap between business and IT, allowing IT to respond with greater agility to the needs of the business.

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Challenges

Data from acquired businesses was bolted onto the legacy infrastructure as a separate silo.

Development based on point-to-point interfaces, and documentation was noticeable by its absence.

Requirement to accelerate deployment of large-scale SAP ERP implementation.

Reduce time-to-value from acquisitions.

Provide real-time, holistic, accurate view of enterprise-wide data.

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Solutions & Results

Saved $3 million by reducing the SAP data migration program from six months to three months.

Reduced acquisition data integration time from nine to four months, creating a faster route to value from acquisitions.

Helped manage credit limits and negotiate more profitable contracts with customers.

Delivered a single measure of customer profitability across five business units.

Increased confidence in information led to faster, enhanced decision making.

Closed the gap between business needs and IT delivery.

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Technologies Used

Informatica PowerCenter

Accesses, integrates, and delivers any and all data quickly and cost-effectively, without hand coding.

Informatica PowerExchange for SAP

Accesses mission-critical data and delivers it throughout the enterprise wherever it’s needed, on any schedule.

Informatica Data Quality

Achieves pervasive data quality for all stakeholders, projects, applications using a single, unified platform.

Informatica Data Explorer

Finds hidden risks, pinpoints structural issues, and stops quality problems from spreading in data.

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