May 17, 2020

Camelot ITLab joins SAP initiative to boost Blockchain and IoT

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James Henderson
2 min
Camelot ITLab has announced it will be joining SAP’s brand-new initiative to boost Blockchain and IoT.

With the SAP Blockchain and IoT Co-Innovation...

Camelot ITLab has announced it will be joining SAP’s brand-new initiative to boost Blockchain and IoT.

With the SAP Blockchain and IoT Co-Innovation Programme SAP customers get the opportunity to identify, discover and implement applications to capture various events in blockchain, from the design and development of products to production and logistics up to product tracking.

In a statement, Camelot ITLab said that as digital frontrunner and long-standing expert for blockchain will play an import role in the success of this initiative and is supporting its customers with the Digital Experience, Camelot ITLab’s product and service portfolio for the digital transformation of organisations.

With many proven blockchain use cases such as Sensor-Driven Track & Trace, Patient Healthcare-Management, or a Transport Marketplace, Camelot said it provides the needed capabilities and best practices to guide customers and to lead Blockchain initiatives to success with the Camelot Digital Workbench of which the Blockchain is an integral part.

Camelot is supporting SAP’s cross-industry initiative enabling customers being part of this programme to better understand Blockchain use cases, barriers and best practices representing different parts of the value chain, focusing on product and supply chain lifecycle.

After the enablement the collaboration on features and specific use cases plays an essential role, including the combination with IoT. Finally, the evaluation and validation of real customer use cases helps to optimise the transformation process.

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With this approach companies can jumpstart with Blockchain within a very short time and without heavy investment.

“Furthermore, members of this programme can actively influence the project and solution according to their requirements to optimise their benefits,” said Camelot ITLab

“Especially being actively involved in the Blockchain network with SAP, partners, and other customers helps to accelerate time to market and to benefit from best practices by adopting them to their needs.”

Steffen Joswig, Managing Partner at Camelot ITLab, said: “We are delighted to actively contribute to the success of this initiative. With our holistic digital capabilities and various Blockchain use cases we are the right partner to help customers to identify and evaluate the potential of digital technologies.

“The Blockchain technology is disrupting common ways to design and build applications. It is now time to identify and make use of unexploited areas of potential. “

The SAP Blockchain and IoT Co-Innovation Programme is focussing on use cases for topics such as parcel tracking and serialization, anti-counterfeiting, connected vehicles, machine sensors data, document and files security, smart grid, and distributed manufacturing.

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Jun 16, 2021

Grupo Espinosa: 70 years of constant evolution

Macmillan Education
Grupo Espinosa
3 min
A proudly Mexican company servicing the publishing industry with best-in-class printing, storage and distribution facilities in the heart of Latin America

Founded in 1952, Grupo Espinosa has been relentlessly supporting the publishing industry with producing more than 100 million copies every year – whether its books, magazines, catalogues or single-order custom prints. No project is big or small for Grupo Espinosa, as the facility can scale up on demand and their turnaround times are highly competitive. Grupo Espinosa works with on-demand digital press or offset press, in paperback with glued softcover binding, PUR softcover binding, stitched paperback binding, binder’s board, hardcover, saddle stitched, Spiral or Wire-O. Equipped with the experience needed for a product to leave the plant ready for distribution, Grupo Espinosa delivers anywhere inside or outside Mexico. Traditionally starting off as a black and white printing press, Grupo Espinosa has experienced transformation first hand – from colour to digital offset printing. Currently, Grupo Espinosa is also looking at making capital investments into audio books to match with the increasing demand. 

So how did a seemingly local operation in Latin America become a world-renowned printing facility trusted by hundreds of clients? As Rogelio Tirado, CFO of Grupo Espinosa for the last six years says “It all comes down to our market experience and our dedication to quality”. With nearly 70 years behind them, and located in Mexico City, Grupo Espinosa has two major locations – one spanning 75,000 square metres and the other about 45,000 square metres. Both locations are controlled by a single ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system ensuring speed, consistency and quality of work. Tirado says this isn’t their only competitive advantage. He adds “Our competitive advantage is the relationship we have with customers and the trust they put in us with their intellectual property”. Speaking of trust, global publishing giant Macmillan Education exclusively partners with Grupo Espinosa for their Latin America operations, as part of Macmillan’s decentralized hub strategy. Having a facility that offered the full spectrum of service – from storing digital content to printing and distributing – was one of the major requirements for Macmillan, and Grupo Espinosa was recognized as the leading printing hub for providing this 360 infrastructure. Another factor that has led to success for Grupo Espinosa is the absolute focus on quality and time. The staff are committed to providing the best quality in the best possible time, without causing wastage of resources. Sustainability is a huge factor playing into Grupo Espinosa’s operations, and they’ve created a healthy environment with the sustainable use of paper and energy resources as well as keeping their employees – most of them associated with the organisation for over 10 years – happy. He adds, “In order to be truly successful, you need to be good to the environment, employees, suppliers, and your customers. But most importantly, you need to be sustainable, you need to have proper working conditions, pay proper salaries, proper prices for paper, source the paper from sustainable sources, pay your taxes,  basically be a good global corporate citizen and that's probably one of the biggest achievements that we have.”

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