The Metals Industry Digital Transformation – Making it Real


Metals industry digital transformation key takeaways

  • Many metals companies require a digital transformation to improve overall efficiency and productivity.
  • Storing and organizing data in tools such as Microsoft Azure can help companies stay ahead of industry trends and provide a competitive advantage.
  • Data analyzing technology, like Power BI, enables users to generate visually appealing, actionable reports from a variety of data sources.

Today, many metals companies are utilizing dated technology and processes that diminish efficiency and productivity. Leaders in the metals industry must embrace and utilize new technology to drive innovation, improve operational efficiency, and increase profits. In this on-demand webinar, Tony Barnes from our Metals Industry team facilitates a conversation with Paul Ledbetter from Microsoft, Brian Shelver from Crowe, and Dan Edwards from the Guided Analytics team at Crowe. The three share their unique perspectives on how technology can turn information into actionable insights that can lead to revenue growth.

Using technology to drive innovation

Partnering with Microsoft

In every industry, vast amounts of data must be reviewed to help determine how companies compare to one another, what trends are appearing in the industry, and how budgets should be allocated. Paul Ledbetter explains how, at Microsoft, R&D teams have the technological resources to take that data and analyze it further to make predictions about future trends and determine proactive actions to keep a company at the top of the industry. At Microsoft, that information is stored and organized with Microsoft Azure, making it accessible not only to all departments in one business, but also with third party partners to promote collaboration.

Technology in the metals industry

In the metals industry specifically, many systems and processes are outdated. Brian Shelver from Crowe discusses the need for metals companies to grow through improved efficiency and streamline day-to-day operations. He emphasizes the need for a focus on operational architecture, an updated platform with a user-friendly interface. With a strong system in place, everything from inventory to customer service to scheduling can be more easily managed in the metals industry. With Microsoft tools in place, each department can be connected in a way that improves quality control across the entire company and maximizes the efficiency of moving products from the warehouse to the customer. Ultimately, the company will become more profitable as a result of improved communication and streamlined processes.

Turning data into action

On business intelligence, Dan Edwards with Crowe explains that organizations using data analyzing technology are more empowered than ever. With the tools available, each user has access to an incredible amount of data from a variety of sources that can be explored, analyzed, and turned into visualizations to create reports that give a full picture. Through a demonstration of Power BI, Dan shows how this process works and the product of using data to create visual reports.

Crowe metals software

Digital transformation is here to stay. Our metals software solutions can help companies with their digital transformation. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Solution Partner, we implement cutting-edge technology that will provide an edge over competitors. Contact Crowe to find out what technology can do for your business.