Jabil Embarks on SAP Cloud Transformation Journey


Jabil Corporation is headquartered in Florida and has market footprint across 100 locations in 30 countries including China, India, Malaysia, Japan, and Singapore.

Global manufacturer Jabil embarked on a large-scale cloud transformation journey in partnership with long-standing ally German tech giant SAP. Anchored on the conglomerate’s growth strategy and commitment to driving innovation amidst the fast-evolving markets, Jabil migrated to SAP S/4HANA Cloud . (InsideSAP Asia often references articles from websites in other languages to bring you as much information as possible.) 

Sharing on the company’s move to the cloud,  Cynthia Kendall, Director at Jabil IT Advisory Services, said:

“Because we use the SAP HANA Cloud database, the processing speed is very fast. In addition, moving the ERP application to the cloud has greatly improved the transparency and scalability of our business. What used to take hours or more to review all open sales slips for each facility is now visible in just a few seconds.”

Jabil serves original equipment manufacturers and hundreds of top brands across multiple end-markets and industries. Striving to be the to be the most technologically advanced and trusted manufacturing solutions provider in the world, the multinational manufacturer merges unmatched end-market experience with technical and design capabilities, manufacturing, supply chain and global product management expertise.

Jabil Moving to the Cloud 

As an innovative solutions provider, companies trust the multi-billion dollar company for many aspects of manufacturing, from product design to engineering and mass production, to assembly, quality testing, procurement and logistics. Jabil’s global business employs 250,000 workforce and serves customers across 30 countries, which necessitates digitization to ensure operations are unhampered, supply chains connected and customer service delivered excellently.

“Inventory management has become more efficient, and material inventory data can now be obtained in real time as the product is completed. During production, we can accurately track the parts and materials that can be used for each product. It speeds up the production, shipping and invoicing of products,” explained  Kendall.

During the SAP Sapphire in Orlando and ASUG Annual Conference, Kendall shared about SAP and Jabil’s partnership , with the enterprise software firm supporting the manufacturer’s cloud-first strategy. Among the common business goals of the two companies include commitment to innovation and sustainability. 

Migrating the manufacturing corporation’s ERP application to SAP S/4HANA Cloud is one example of their collaborative efforts to drive innovation, sustainability, and digital transformation. Explaining about how the cloud ERP transformation allowed for more flexibility across the organization, Kendall stated:

“Since moving to the cloud, we have been resizing our app servers. This used to take days, but now it can be done in hours. , reducing time spent on server administration, so our business can explore ways to transform and innovate in this new SAP S/4HANA landscape in ways never before possible. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the middle of a long time.” 

She also mentioned several remarkable results since the deployment of the SAP cloud ERP such as capability to meet the evolving compliance requirements and customer needs across markets and create a resilient supply chain.  Kendall detailed:

“We are now able to seize many opportunities that were previously inaccessible. Especially in production planning, we are able to make faster, more informed decisions. Even if we face a shortage of parts from the chain, we will be able to decide in advance and agilely what we can produce and when.”

Having experienced working with SAP for Jabil’s digital transformation journey, the IT Director advised:

“Accept the fact that you need to migrate to SAP S/4HANA and start planning today. ” 

The global manufacturer recently launched the SAP S4-as-a-Service offering under Jabil IT Advisory Services to help companies streamline migrations to SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

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