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Fujifilm de México improves its SAP infrastructure by migrating to Google Cloud

About Fujifilm de México

Fujifilm has an extensive portfolio of proprietary technologies that allow it to develop innovative products to improve people’s quality of life. With 300+ employees, Fujifilm de México is based in Mexico City.

Industries: Manufacturing
Location: Mexico

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About Xertica

Xertica is a company with thousands of customers in Latin America and the most expertise in Google Cloud ecosystems.

The company has scaled its business with a more reliable infrastructure thanks to Google Cloud’s support.

Results

  • Increased productivity for teams
  • Shorter runtime for simple tasks
  • Cost savings thanks to a hybrid infrastructure
  • Increased stability for the its platform

Achieve resource flexibility faster

Fujifilm develops products to improve people’s quality of life. The company’s office in Mexico City has over 300 employees and three divisions: Healthcare, Graphic Arts, and Photography.

For some years, Fujifilm de México has been seeking to innovate not just in the products it offers on the market, but also in its work culture. For that purpose, it decided to add cloud tech tools with the ability to scale its business in a profitable way.

One of the company’s main goals is improving its infrastructure without losing competitiveness.

“Google Cloud has given us the chance to focus on what adds value to the business and not just on what keeps it running. This means cloud tools handle the infrastructure for us, freeing resources.”

Enrique Giraud de Haro, General Director, Fujifilm de México

First steps in Google Cloud

The company had to undergo a deep transformation to think about new projects in the future without compromising its structure.

Fujifilm began by migrating its SAP infrastructure, used since 2001 to operate all its business units, to Google Cloud’s solutions. It also contacted Xertica to begin its cloud journey by implementing SAP ECC 6.0.

This enabled the company to update its hardware, operating system, and database quickly and seamlessly.

This infrastructure upgrade brought an additional benefit: significant cost savings, as the company did not need to spend more on licenses and updates. For Giraud de Haro, Google Cloud allows “scaling based on your needs, without having to pay more for it,” an essential feature for Fujifilm’s business model.

“We are no longer afraid to innovate. In the cloud, it is very easy to create additional instances, run the tests you need, and, if they are successful, migrate seamlessly.”

Enrique Giraud de Haro, General Director, Fujifilm de México

Another advantage obtained during this early phase was Fujifilm’s ability to achieve stability and flexibility levels far above what it used to have. This means the company can use the tools’ reliability and security to improve customer service and products without worrying about infrastructure availability.

The challenges of contingency

The pandemic has forced businesses all over the world to face the challenge of tech innovation. Companies like Fujifilm that had already begun their journey to the cloud are better prepared for the new challenges of connectivity and collaborative work.

For the company, Google Workspace’s tools have made a difference when navigating the challenge of keeping teams connected in periods of social isolation.

Besides maintaining contact with work spaces, collaborative tools have allowed the company to ensure task continuity without worrying about information loss and disconnections caused by server shutdowns.

This translated into an even bigger advantage: increased employee productivity, as they could make the most of their workdays by not having to commute to work.

Another step toward innovation

After using virtual machines with Compute Engine and storage solutions, Fujifilm decided to migrate more corporate services and enter the world of data analytics using machine learning and artificial intelligence tools.

The stable infrastructure delivered by Google Cloud’s tools allows the company to assess new challenges to better understand its customers, their preferences and searches, and thus offer services and products tailored to their needs.

Moreover, Fujifilm was able to test variations of its operating system thanks to the flexibility afforded by Google Cloud’s tools. Those changes were easy to make as the cloud solutions are user-friendly.

That flexibility has allowed the company to optimize its hardware configuration and pay just for what it needs.

“Getting infrastructure in seconds without having to make heavy investments is amazing. Our developments now only need very small investments and we can scale as we need more resources.”

Enrique Giraud de Haro, General Director, Fujifilm de México

Thinking about the future

Fujifilm is looking for new challenges using tech innovation as a cornerstone for growth. Consequently, the company is in the process of implementing a new version of SAP in Google Cloud, S/4HANA. This project was developed based on the RISE with SAP model.

The organization is also working on new projects together with Google Cloud, aiming to increase tool security and protect its systems and information to continue improving customer service.

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About Fujifilm de México

Fujifilm has an extensive portfolio of proprietary technologies that allow it to develop innovative products to improve people’s quality of life. With 300+ employees, Fujifilm de México is based in Mexico City.

Industries: Manufacturing
Location: Mexico

About Xertica

Xertica is a company with thousands of customers in Latin America and the most expertise in Google Cloud ecosystems.