Jaguar Land Rover, one of the world’s most iconic luxury automotive brands, was looking to migrate a paper-based supplier reporting management system to a digital solution in the cloud.
With a need for scalability, reliability and rapid speed in any solution, Jaguar Land Rover decided to migrate its existing system onto Google Cloud Platform (GCP), working closely with supplier Appsbroker to scope out the requirements, then develop and implement a custom automated data capturing application on GCP. The project was named eCAR.
The solution fully digitises the entire process, enabling an eCAR submission to be quickly initiated through a web-based portal. The submission is then reviewed, rejected or approved by every stakeholder in the approval chain through a fully electronic process. With all information stored centrally on GCP, the system is able to forecast against all available information, and complex mathematical data validation takes place at every stage to ensure that all data is as accurate and up-to-date as possible. The significant improvements in data integrity also lead to accurate forecasting and reporting.
Agile methodology helped capture requirements, and the solution was honed over a series of sprints. Underpinning the application workflow were Google Cloud services such as DataStore and BigQuery, which power the process automation and reporting capabilities.
The effect was immediate. The technology now works around the process – not against it. eCAR streamlines and standardises the certification process for 1,500 suppliers - and tens of thousands of individual parts on every programme, now and in the future.
It also safeguards that data – for example, it is no longer possible for a supplier to give an ‘over-optimistic’ estimate of their capacity. The result is a detailed, accurate and real time picture of capacity across the supply chain. The success of the application is also borne out by the increasing number of cross-functional users who are enabled by readily available eCAR data to support their business decisions.