In 1931, while America struggled through The Great Depression, John W. Tyson moved his wife and young son to Springdale, Arkansas hoping to find an interesting prospect. What he discovered was an amazing amount of poultry potential. Tyson soon established a business delivering chickens throughout the Midwest. Over the decades, as opportunities appeared, John and his son seized them, not realizing that eventually the resulting content chaos would ultimately prompt a call to KnowledgeLake for SharePoint ECM solutions.
Today, Tyson Foods is one of the world’s leading producers of chicken, beef and pork with approximately 400 facilities, employing more than 115,000 teammates. In order for the food processing leader to keep up with market demands, its Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system needed an upgrade.
According to Charles Norman, a Tyson IT veteran and Lead Analyst in the IS Center of Excellence for Tyson Foods, the company struggled with its legacy ECM system. Increasing maintenance costs, complicated system upgrades and a lack of flexibility led Norman and his team to seek out other providers of SharePoint ECM solutions. Since Tyson had a long history with Microsoft, it sought experts that could leverage its Microsoft investment and create a future-proof SharePoint ECM strategy.
The Tyson team turned to KnowledgeLake for help. Our ECM solutions enabled Tyson to establish an enterprise content management system in SharePoint, allowing users to easily scan/upload, tag and search for content. As a result, Tyson was able to:
- Boost indexing and the users’ search experience
- Capture documents from remote locations
- Snag content from the desktop, Microsoft Office, or directly from Adobe Acrobat
- Migrate 14 million documents in less than a year’s time
KnowledgeLake’s SharePoint consultants not only helped the enterprise meet its initial document processing needs in 2009 but also provided the scalability Tyson needed for future growth. In fact, our SharePoint ECM solutions now support more than 30 departments at Tyson and safeguards more than 100 million documents!