Kintone’s Low-Code Platform Drives McCormick Distilling’s Digital Transformation by Decreasing Dependence on Traditional Applications and Paper Trails

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One of Nation’s Oldest Distilleries Moves to Modernize IT by Speeding Application Development and Employing Better Workflow Process Management

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“We love working with companies like McCormick Distilling to help them achieve higher productivity and efficiency through digital transformation that affects all areas of their business,” said Dave Landa, CEO, Kintone.

Kintone, provider of a low-code application development platform and toolkit to quickly connect, organize, and visualize workflows, today announced that historic McCormick Distilling, which was founded in 1856, is using the company’s low-code platform to transform enterprise-wide business processes.

The oldest continuously working distillery west of the Mississippi River, McCormick Distilling has relied on traditional, and sometimes cumbersome and slow IT practices, including paperwork, phone and email for everyday business tasks ranging from reserving a meeting room to much more complex processes, such as new employee onboarding.

McCormick faced some challenges when it came to speeding application development and incorporating workflow process management along with audit capabilities. The company found the solution to these issues in Kintone’s low-code application development platform.

“What I really liked about Kintone is that really any one of our employees can build an app without needing a background in IT,” said Betsey Thurlo, network administrator, McCormick Distilling. “Kintone was an obvious choice for our teams because McCormick employees’ technical skills vary greatly. The platform is easy for anyone to use, from programmers to non-technical end users.”

Thurlo said that before Kintone was deployed, the HR department was oftentimes too busy to email the IT department to inform them a new employee was starting and providing details on the equipment they’d need. The process was inefficient and required extensive back-and-forth email communications. McCormick now uses Kintone’s form creator plug-in to build an application for new employee onboarding and many other applications.

“These huge strides we’ve made so far have shown our employees what we’re capable of doing with Kintone and how it can impact their jobs directly,” explained Thurlo. “My hope is that everyone who has access to a computer here at McCormick will become comfortable enough with the Kintone platform to take advantage of its app building and workflow features. I hope to build at least 20 more apps in the next few years. By then I want to ensure everyone knows how to quickly log in, use it on a daily basis and minimize the learning curve as much as possible.”

To date, Kintone has been used to create and roll-out 10 different applications in one-fourth the time it took using traditional methods, including:

  • Expense and Mileage Reports
  • Visitor Logs
  • Media Contact Lists
  • Sales
  • Maintenance Requests
  • Capital Expenditure Purchase Requests

“We love working with companies like McCormick Distilling to help them achieve higher productivity and efficiency through digital transformation that affects all areas of their business,” said Dave Landa, CEO, Kintone. “Kintone gives McCormick the freedom to create the applications and workflow process that meets their needs, which ‘cookie cutter’ off-the-shelf software can’t provide.”

About Kintone Corporation
San Francisco-based Kintone is making teamwork better with its low-code application platform that provides organizations with a customizable workspace that integrates multiple data sources for deeper insight into business processes. Kintone eliminates the cost and maintenance requirements of traditional off-the-shelf applications while dramatically increasing team and workflow efficiency. Custom applications built with Kintone range from CRM, project management, asset management, SCM, and much more. More than 7,500 companies have built, deployed and use over 350,000 applications on Kintone. Kintone is provided by Cybozu Inc, a Tokyo-based public company founded in 1997. For more information, please visit https://www.kintone.com/

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