Hillman Group, Avnet and Quaker Chemical: Process Transformation Through Business Intelligence Deployments.

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The Hillman Group is established in 1964, has enjoyed ever four decades serving the har dware/ home improvement industry. Which widely known for the outstanding service and quality products. Max Hillman Jr. and Richard Hillman are both helped to start the company and remains as leaders.
Avnet is one of the world’s largest transnational electronics distributors of electronic parts, enterprise computing and storage products and embedded subsystems, Avnet provides a vital link in the technology supply chain. Market needs and trends drive Avnet’s product and service strategy, supported by a global infrastructure. It brings a breadth and depth of service capabilities, such as supply-chain and design- chin services, logistics solutions, product assembly, device programming, computer system configuration and integration, and technical seminars.
Quaker chemical since 1918, they have been established and maintaining long term relationships with leading enterprise in primary metals, metalworking, and other basic process industries all over the world. Quaker is a $544.1 million dollar company. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock exchange, and has a long track record of financial consistency and strength. Today, they have business and production presence in every major manufacturing country in the world.
Business intelligence (BI) is a broad category of applications and technologies for gathering, storing, analyzing, and providing access to data to help enterprise users make better business decisions. BI applications include the activities of decision support systems, query and reporting, online analytical processing (OLAP), statistical analysis, forecasting, and data mining. (Search Data Management, searchdatamanagement.techtarget.com).
Hillman group is the manufacturer and distributor of engraving technologies and hardware. Jim Honerkamp is the CIO of…...

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