New Relic Helps Komatsu Optimize Digital Customer Experience for Company’s Modern Construction Initiatives
Global construction equipment leader increases response speed to customer requests by approximately 30 times; commits to deploy New Relic at all of their Smart Construction sites
New Relic (NYSE: NEWR), the industry’s largest and most comprehensive cloud-based instrumentation platform built to help customers create more perfect software, announced today that Komatsu Ltd., one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of earth-moving equipment, including construction, mining and compact construction equipment, is utilizing New Relic to understand business insights from the data collected from its Smart Construction solution. The company is using these insights to create an improved digital customer experience for its users.
The Vision of Smart Construction
According to a labor force survey conducted by the Statistics Bureau of Japan, it is predicted that there will be a shortage of more than 1.3 million skilled workers in Japan by 2025 . Komatsu created Smart Construction with the goal to help its customers optimize the entire construction process—not just the machines themselves—in order to help construction sites complete more projects with a smaller labor force. With Smart Construction’s success, Komatsu’s customers have been able to optimize construction sites and shorten project timelines while anticipating the ramifications of a future shortage of skilled workers.
Komatsu’s software development and operations teams are at the heart of Smart Construction. The team wanted to change certain aspects of its service delivery system, including implementing proactive detection of faults and problems, early identification at the code level, and proactive support. In order to do this, the management, development, and operation support teams needed to jointly observe data, including the business status, operation status, and customer experience status of Smart Construction.
Enhancing Visibility with New Relic
Komatsu chose to adopt New Relic to monitor and measure its digital performance, customer experience, and critical business data from end-to-end. With New Relic, Komatsu’s development and operations teams have been able to observe key indicator data that is critical to the company’s business, such as application transactions, changing infrastructure resources, and user satisfaction and usage. To date, Smart Construction is being utilized at 8,200 construction sites in Japan. By implementing the New Relic platform on all Smart Construction sites, Komatsu will be able to spot on-site issues easily in real-time, increasing their fault detection and customer request response time by approximately 30 times. Komatsu aims to use New Relic to help reduce the software testing process by 15 percent, dramatically improving its customers’ digital experience in the process.
"In order to realize the optimization of the construction site, which is the mission of Smart Construction, we believe it is necessary to transform not only our solution as a product, but also optimize the entire development process and culture around building our products. To be successful, we needed to transform Komatsu’s entire digital business into a measurable model. Using New Relic, we aim to further grow our next-generation business and improve our customer experience by responding more than 30 times faster than before,” said Chikashi Shike, executive vice president, Smart Construction Promotion Division, Komatsu.
"We are proud to support Komatsu's next-generation business as it drives incredible transformation efforts in Japan and brings continued innovation to the future of construction globally. Komatsu’s use of New Relic to create visibility throughout its organization and foster transformation efforts is a great example of how teams can use observability to move faster, make better decisions and create best-in-class digital experiences,” said Shinichiro Konishi, managing director, New Relic K.K.
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 Toward Regeneration and Evolution: Long-term vision of the construction industry, pg.41; Japan Federation of Construction Contractors; March 2015
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