While the new prepared salad factory is using state-of-the-art bespoke machines to cut, clean, mix and bag salad, the systems work in silos and key data isn’t captured or shared.
Meanwhile, other parts of the organisation use software of a variety of ages, some of it incompatible, another barrier to sharing data.
The challenge is to level the playing field so different departments and functions across the factory can communicate with each other.
The starting point is to establish a basic IT infrastructure and architecture to capture that precious data. This will inform future projects: data analysis and integrating the supply chain.
Colin said: “We’ve got the equipment - the machinery to make things happen - now we want to take that first step to create the backbone – the architecture - to capture and monitor and analyse the data our equipment produces.”