The benefits of a PLM under Microsoft Azure

We offer Lascom Lime Cloud, a PLM SaaS solution hosted on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s Cloud platform. This solution, aimed at the food and cosmetics industries, comes in two offers: “Essential” and “Corporate“.  

Whether for cosmetics or food, the Essential offer focuses on the development and management of the company’s product specifications. The “Corporate” offer proposes an expanded scope by integrating project management features and modules for product quality, supplier relationship and formulation.

Food PLM Azure
Cosmetic PLM Azure

SaaS for Lascom Lime

Let us start with a few reminders: Cloud Computing is based on the idea of renting computer resources (servers, storage, databases, network management, software, etc.) accessible via the internet, without the user knowing where the data is. SaaS or Software-as-a-Service is a subset of the cloud corresponding to a software rental service (here Lascom Lime Cloud) by a provider to a customer who accesses it via the internet. The pricing is based on the chosen solution scope.

We have developed our SaaS offerings to meet the need for simplicity and speed of companies when implementing new IT projects. Thus, we can offer our PLM to SMEs, for whom a PLM project can be very complex between the necessary infrastructures, the deployment of the project, etc. In SaaS, our application does not require a major implementation project. In the end, with improved speed of implementation, better collaboration for users, more efficient change management, reduced TCO (total cost of ownership), and an almost immediate ROI, the customer wins on all counts. 

“Hosting is becoming an increasingly specialized profession to ensure a good quality of service and the provision of global infrastructure. Today, companies no longer want to put in place very heavy projects to implement new solutions. They no longer want customized solutions and above all they don’t want to be embarrassed in the migration of their applications. Often the analogy with electricity is used:   setting up an application should be as simple as plugging equipment into an electrical outlet.” –  Charles Henriot, Managing Director at Lascom

Microsoft Azure: a legitimate choice

Making Lascom Lime Cloud an “Azure PLM” was a no-brainer. As Microsoft Gold Partner, we have established a relationship of trust with Microsoft. Our solution is based on their technologies, such as development language, web server, database, etc. Being hosted on Azure was therefore the logical next step.

Our choice was also guided by technical aspects:

ISO27001 certification:  important for the hosts as it guarantees the quality of the service. It is also a requirement of many tenders from companies wishing to equip themselves with SaaS solutions.

The ability to operate globally: working with a global player gives us access to data centers (a place that brings together constituent equipment from the information system of one or more companies) around the world. We can therefore respond to various problems such as data security standards such as the RGPD in Europe, which requires data centers located in Europe. In addition, this provides a good level of performance by offering storage areas geographically close to their place of consumption.

Flexibility: We can build backups and ensure continuity of service even in the event of an incident at a data center; a complete configuration can be transposed from one data center to another. Some operations can be automated, which saves us a lot of time and reduces the risk of error. For example, we can add or delete servers depending on the activity peaks.

Microsoft’s commitment to become ” carbon negative ” in 2030: environmental preservation is an important cause at Lascom. We strive to work with players who want to minimize their impact on. Microsoft’s project is ambitious, not only do they want to be carbon negative by 2030, but they have announced that by 2050 they will have fully redeemed their carbon emissions since 1975.

In addition, we are present on Azure Marketplace which allows us to be referred as a PLM supplier and, in the future, to be deployable in a few clicks and interfaceable with other tools of the catalog (ERP, CRM, …). 

“One of the big advantages of Microsoft Azure is that everything is uniform. For us, as a publisher, everything becomes replicable and therefore much easier to deploy and maintain our SaaS Lascom Lime Cloud offer!  In the end, Azure is at the level of the best standards on the market”   – Charles Henriot

Lascom PLM Azure

The pluses for our customers

Above all, we aim to provide the best level of service to our customers, based on reliability and efficiency. By choosing one of our Lascom Lime Clouds packaged offerings,  they  can access a turn key  PLM solution tailored to their food or cosmetic business, all without investment in hardware or licensing (CAPEX) and without engaging in an IT project (apart from setting up interfaces). The deployment takes place in a few months, most of which is dedicated to the migration of data, with a project methodology based on training and support. This is the guarantee of controlled project costs.

While an on-premise client should multiply processes and resources with each patch or minor release, SaaS allows for regular functional additions and application maintenance is managed by the vendor. Operating costs are levelled out. It is a saving of time and money for our customers!  

What is important for the customer is the level of availability of services that we can provide them” – Charles Henriot

Question to Charles Henriot:  What is the logical next step for Lascom on Microsoft Azure?

“For me, we still have to pursue our efforts on the Azure Marketplace. Before it was a catalog of solutions. But Microsoft aims to change the way IT solutions are purchased and want to be the entry point for the purchase of applications. This is why online shopping was developed. In fact, some of our customers have known us through this channel!  We are listed on the Azure marketplace; we must now go further to fully exploit it. The goal is to be able to control the app directly in the marketplace. We see it as a real springboard for the future.”