Land O’Lakes Shortens Data-Queries from Six Minutes to 15 Seconds, Increases Business Agility
 
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Land O’Lakes Shortens Data-Queries from Six Minutes to 15 Seconds, Increases Business Agility

Land O’Lakes, Inc. is the second-largest member-owned cooperative in the United States, offering local farming cooperatives and agricultural producers across the nation an extensive line of agricultural supplies, as well as state-of-the-art production and business services. The company is also a leading marketer of dairy-based food products for consumers, food-service professionals, and food manufacturers. It serves more than 300,000 agricultural producers and conducts business in more than 50 countries. Over the years, Land O’Lakes has expanded its operations into a variety of subsidiaries, including Purina Animal Nutrition and WinField—which provides farmers with crop seeds and crop protection products.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Land O’Lakes, Inc.

  • “Oracle Engineered Systems vastly outperformed competitors in both performance and cost/performance metrics. In addition, our partnership with Oracle and the speed of the implementation were critical in retaining customer satisfaction and our competitive advantage.” – Michael Macrie, Vice President & CIO, Land O’ Lakes, Inc.

  • Reduce data-query times to provide management and external stakeholders with performance data more quickly to drive better understanding of behaviors and patterns in the farming market
  • Improve integration between business units to support growth for the company’s three agricultural and dairy brands

Solutions

  • Reduced data query times for Oracle Business Intelligence from six minutes to 15 seconds by replacing the legacy data infrastructure with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
  • Decreased data center footprint requirements from five racks to two racks, thanks to the increased performance and power of Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic—reducing operational expenditures and total cost of ownership
  • Scaled user base of the company’s business intelligence system 6x with no performance degradation
  • Delivered a world-class experience to Oracle Business Intelligence users by deploying the system on Oracle engineered systems, improving employee and customer efficiency and satisfaction
  • Expanded understanding of behaviors and patterns in the farming market, thanks to improved business intelligence system performance
  • Combined 12 manufacturing plants, 40 third-party warehouses, and 23 contract manufacturing facilities on a single instance of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, boosting sales and performance visibility
  • Deployed an end-to-end solution from a single vendor, which ensured compatibility and performance while streamlining system and vendor management
  • Improved business continuity and user productivity with a highly reliable and stable service-oriented architecture environment—virtually eliminating severity-one integration failures and reducing minor fix times from hours to minutes

Why Oracle

Land O’Lakes Inc. wanted a consolidated business application platform with rapid performance for both internal and external transaction and analytics queries. After testing several solutions, only Oracle’s engineered systems and the power of running Oracle software on Oracle hardware provided the desired results to support the company’s plan to accelerate growth, profitability, and innovation.

“Our business needs are changing rapidly, and we need technology solutions that are built to keep up,” said Mike Macrie, vice president and CIO, Land O’Lakes, Inc. “With Oracle engineered systems, we can essentially do more with less than on traditional platforms. Consolidating our Oracle applications onto Oracle engineered systems require less CPU capacity, memory, and floor space than when they ran on a nonintegrated platform.”

“When we first deployed Oracle Business Intelligence, we had it sitting on our standard infrastructure, and we experienced very slow performance for analytics and queries,” said Tony Taylor, senior director, infrastructure and security, Land O’Lakes, Inc. “Even though we were providing our users with great insights, the lack of performance hindered adoption. Only Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata could provide us with the performance we required for our Oracle applications.”

“Oracle’s continued integration strategy is attractive to us because it not only addresses the application tier but also goes down through the technology stack. It made a lot of sense for us to leverage the Oracle stack through and through, and eventually that evolved all the way into engineered systems,” Taylor said.