People in my position have a unique opportunity to be agents of change because a CIO has a clear view of an organization’s processes from start to finish. Technology review film is the basis of change for us. It allows us to innovate and collaborate with speed and agility so we can stay ahead. It’s fundamental,” said Salvatore Cassara, CIO at SGB-SMIT Group.
The European power transformers leader doubled its global footprint in five years. Its growth is supported by an IT infrastructure that unifies operations across four continents. Digital innovation also enables its 3,500-strong workforce to collaborate and access business-critical apps seamlessly and securely.
Under Cassara’s guidance, SGB-SMIT Group’s digital foundation is now multi-cloud. This approach allows the company’s rapid expansion without compromising consistency across its regional production centers.
Innovation Powered by Efficient Knowledge Transfer
“We’re not just a multi-cloud company, we’re a multicultural company. We need to be able to share knowledge efficiently and securely across huge distances,” said Cassara. “Our engineers in Malaysia can design transformers using tools developed in Germany. Thanks to this infrastructure, we can adapt, act, and collaborate quickly and decisively. We opened our newest location in China—rolling out infrastructure, SAP, everything—without IT having visited the site. Our IT setup allows us to rise to these challenges.”
The company’s multi-cloud approach enables individuals and teams across the company to come together across the world. This encourages the rapid exchange of expertise and the cross-fertilization of ideas. And ultimately, SGB-SMIT Group’s culture of collaborative innovation is flourishing.
Multi-Cloud Enables Seamless Collaboration
Of course, the success of any company ultimately lies in the skills, experience and creativity of its people. Diverse skill sets, backgrounds and passions help elevate SGB-SMIT to something greater than the sum of its parts.
Working with colleagues regardless of where they are is increasingly important as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, said Cassara. He added that the company’s multi-cloud approach was also crucial to its agile response at the beginning of the crisis.