Speciality Steels plans to use an ‘Infor-first’ technology policy as the basis of a growth strategy, based on a deployment of Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise that was completed ahead of a demanding 12-month schedule, following Speciality Steels’ separation from Tata Steel.

The applications are structured to help deliver a single ecosystem with end-to-end functionality, minimal customisations and simplified processes. This is designed to help improve efficiency and visibility of data around products and customers, which can be used to help Speciality Steels compete globally by contributing to consistent on-time, first-time delivery of products.

Specialty Steels deployed Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise as a multi-tenant cloud deployment in part in an effort to benefit from continuous software updates, and a reduction of the burden on internal IT staff to learn how to manage a new software environment or future upgrade projects.

“There is a clear desire throughout the business to not only establish new processes but optimise how we do business,” said Chris Smith, CIO, Speciality Steels. “To do this, we recognise the need to standardise on a single platform that is built for our industry and delivers relevant functionality via the cloud. That led us to Infor and this extended investment.”

Simon Niesler, general manager, western Europe, Infor, said: “High value manufacturers such as Speciality Steels know that the cloud offers a lot of potential benefits as they look to invest in new technology to help transform their business.

“What puts Speciality Steels ahead of the game is the speed of the implementation and a keen focus on change management, the HR elements of their investment and the early consideration of optimisation, business intelligence and Internet of Things projects. Speciality Steels is in good company with other big UK brands including BAE Systems, Triumph and Travis Perkins trusting Infor as its technology partner to help deliver this change.”