When the Cloud Helps Saving Lives – A Laerdal story.

Laerdal Medical is a family owned company that develops, manufactures and delivers training solutions, simulation systems and medical devices. If you’ve ever taken a CPR class, you’ve probably used one of their mannequins. Their products can be found across colleges/universities, nursing schools, industry specific clients, and government and military organizations.

Laerdal’s Challenge

Laerdal has set a very ambitious and audacious goal of trying to help save 500,000+ lives by 2020. One of the fundamental concepts for this is small dose, high frequency training to ensure they retain a higher skill set over time.

Laerdal noticed many changes when it comes to the customer’s expectation for how to deliver services and programs. They foresee many customers continuing to buy products the traditional way, but they also predict a shift in consumer buying habits; this shift is similar to buying a solution in a pay-per-use model. However, with the changing framework for how Laerdal delivers and sells, and the different models, how can they change their internal organization of systems and processes to make sure they are effectively and productively completing them?

The Cloud as a Global Solution

Laerdal uses a multitude of technologies that poses many challenges, such as how many of these new technologies could we be an expert in? Laerdal chose to migrate to the Cloud because they needed a solution that better served their global system users; the Cloud solution was their best option. By migrating to the Cloud, they were able to free up resources to work on more sophisticated issues, such as how do we integrate and develop our Supply Chain?

Laerdal’s move was more about creating a system that had rational processes, lower costs and performed more efficiently. They started looking into their next level of forecasting, and decided that a Demand & Supply Chain Planning solution was the next step. Laerdal just started using the system, therefore, they are in the early stages of deployment, but so far the system is working well.

The goal is not to do one thing, the challenge is to do many things in parallel.

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