Manufacturing and Industrials

Driving Better Solutions for Resilient Capabilities with Digital Transformation

We hope you enjoy this collection of resources for Manufacturing and Industrials. Keep an eye on the BlueGranite Blog for updates on utilizing Microsoft Data & AI for customer analytics.



Intelligent Manufacturing


Accelerate the engineering of new business value using digital feedback loops and digital twins.

Agile Factories


Build the productive, smart factory of the future with industrial IoT, cloud, AI, and mixed reality.

Resilient Supply Chain


Improve end-to-end supply chain visibility, agility, and profitability through intelligent planning and execution, demand sensing, and traceability.

Featured Solution Brief

Future-Forward Analytics Platform Optimizes Multinational Chemical Manufacturing

Advanced risk management is paramount in chemical manufacturing – an inherently risky business. One of the planet’s top chemical makers – a publicly traded giant whose more than 50,000 employees span over 160 countries – continually evolves manufacturing processes while prioritizing safety across its 300 plants. This formulator’s enterprise architecture team sought to leverage operational insights from the masses of streaming data generated by its production facilities. BlueGranite worked in partnership with the team to deliver a robust modern data platform to usher in enterprise-wide digital transformation. The data and analytics solution is speeding safety and efficiency insights while slashing downtime.  

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Key Outcomes:

  • Managers quickly capture the state of their individual plants
  • Tools to reduce manufacturing-line downtime when changing products, during employee shifts, or in the event of equipment failure
  • Big-picture insights and individual plant performance views
  • Access to model information housed in the data lake for data scientist
  • Ability to quickly and cost-effectively scale solution


From Code to Table - Using Technology for Smarter Food Production

Conserving water and power while improving crop yield is vital to the commercial agriculture industry’s long-term success. Using natural resources as efficiently as possible translates to higher-quality food and good land stewardship. A global leader in freshwater and wastewater management, about to embark on a high-stakes environmental project, wanted to thrive in both arenas, and it partnered with BlueGranite to ensure success.


Call Center Sentiment Analysis: Client Relationships Redefined

As a worldwide supplier at the forefront of the building materials market, the competition is fierce. This major developer and producer of construction components employs nearly 20,000 people across the world and serves clients internationally as well. With the ubiquitous nature of their clientele, communication and relationship building has been challenging.


Energy Company Uncovering New Knowledge Mining Insights with Azure Search

Since its founding in the 1950s, a company that produces offshore drilling equipment with several offices and over 6,000 employees worldwide, has continuously grown their fleet of drilling units, specializing in technically demanding sectors of the global offshore drilling business, while consistently maintaining their records of versatility, safety, and environmental quality. As the company has grown over the past seven decades so has their custody of physical documentation, ranging from human resources records to technical specification documents.



World Energy Production Capacity

The “World Energy Production Capacity” report explores the energy capacity of various nations and highlights a few components of Power BI along the way. It attempts to drive viewers toward a better understanding of each country's capacity by energy source. It starts with raw numbers and then considers why raw numbers may not be the most appropriate measure to derive insights by country. It also moves from summary to detail by eventually allowing users to obtain plant-level data across the world. 

The data is regularly compiled by the World Resources Institute and consists of over 28,600 power plants and production facilities from 164 countries. The data relates to production capacity rather than actual production or energy usage within a country. Capacity is the maximum amount of energy that could be produced by a power plant under optimal conditions. Not all facilities operate at 100% capacity, however, and countries trade energy for consumption. As a result, the Power BI report shows the production potential by various countries if all facilities were operating at their maximum capacity.




  • The first page of this report provides a measure of energy capacity in megawatts. It introduces raw measurements of capacity in a series of faceted bar charts, or "small multiples", by energy source.
  • The second page contrasts the prior focus on raw numbers with a measure of each country's share by energy source. By shifting the measure from raw megawatts to contribution percentage, this page helps showcase the imbalance of many country's production capacities between sources.
  • Building upon the idea of contribution percentage from the prior page, the third page helps balance the views based on raw megawatts with production mix by energy source.
  • The final page reintroduces the bar chart by energy source from the third page and allows viewers to explore how each source is distributed throughout the world.


Explore insightful blog posts from the BlueGranite team covering Manufacturing Analytics, Microsoft Azure, artificial intelligence, and more.

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Spend Analytics

This report shows the results of a real-world manufacturing scenario. This customer was looking for opportunities to improve supplier performance, from purchase order to delivery; understanding of weighted-average payment terms; and visibility into non-managed supplier performance and costs. The data is grouped by product category using a scalable data warehouse, leveraging a modern data platform (MDP) on Microsoft Azure. As such, users can leverage both structured data as well as detailed transactional data in a curated data lake. Purchasing patterns are easy to find through dynamic and cross-filtered dashboards, charts, and tables, allowing management to quickly identify opportunities for cost reduction, supplier consolidation, and contract coverage.

All visualizations, on all pages of the report, are dynamically filtered as users interact with the data, including multiple slicers for better granularity, drill down by period, and drill-through pages for greater detail and insight.

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  • Spend Overview contains drillable overall spend by category, region, period, and PO.  

  • Payment Terms shows average payment terms and delinquency over time, helping to identify patterns in supplier contracts and payments.

  • Preferred Spend compares how the company utilizes preferred vendors to non-preferred, non-contractual spend.

  • Supplier Score Card provides a summary of supplier metrics, helping to quickly find the most cost-efficient vendors. 

  • Project Overview shows annual totals of spend and savings totals.