In 2019, the Cardbox Packaging Group decided to continue its globalization with an expansion into the USA. The company faced various challenges in the process: the right choice of location, the construction of new production halls, the provision and commissioning of production machinery. All this had to be implemented in the shortest possible time.
In the course of the site expansion, existing concepts and technologies were also reconsidered. Among other things, the use of the existing ERP system, which was classically hosted in a data center.
A company’s IT landscape and its operation is always a cost factor and in the case of Cardbox – as in many companies – the ERP system also represents the backbone of all business processes. These two factors were scrutinized, as were the potential advantages or disadvantages of rapidly evolving technologies.
The benefits of Microsoft Azure cloud technology meant that the backbone of Cardbox Group’s entire IT is now hosted in Azure.
This includes a central authentication and security layer, the operation of the Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP system, the provision of centralized company reporting using Microsoft PowerBI, and all the necessary back-end technologies to ensure a smooth worldwide operation. Backup and disaster recovery scenarios, as well as proactive monitoring of all relevant services (24/7), are provided.
By using Microsoft PowerPlatform for various business processes, the time-to-market from idea to operational use has been reduced immensely.
The IT cost structure is clearly transparent and adapts to the requirements of the company. This includes automatic scaling of systems, appropriate reporting and periodic analysis of potential in order to achieve cost reduction through the meaningful use of technology.
With this project, we transformed the entire IT platform of the Cardbox Group from a self-hosted system to a modern cloud solution. This will enable Cardbox to use other SAAS solutions in the future and, thus, to take advantage of the full potential of currently available technologies
The new capabilities created by the cloud solution are already enabling Cardbox to achieve greater process efficiencies such as using low-code/no-code solutions, and artificial and data intelligence solutions.
“Just because the technology is there doesn’t automatically mean that every tool and application has its raison d’être with us. We look for purposeful use of apps and technologies that bring added value.”
Group IT Manager – Cardbox Packaging