TAL Apparel differentiates itself through innovation, service, quality, and sustainability
TAL Group, through its TAL Apparel business, delivers a wide range of products and services, including garment manufacturing capabilities, to the world’s leading fashion brands and retailers. Innovation is intrinsic to the company’s DNA, underscored by its significant investment in research and engineering. Kai Kiang, Vice President, Information Technology, TAL Apparel, says: “We compete on innovation, service, and quality. In addition, we believe in social and environmental sustainability.”
TAL Apparel uses technology to deliver innovation across its information systems and textile and garment development and production processes—and to realize its green objectives.
TAL Apparel sees streamlined service delivery as vital to future success
Since its early days, TAL Apparel has invested in IT to boost collaboration and productivity throughout its business. In recent years, this strategy took a leap forward with the development and execution of a digital transformation strategy. According to Kai, “We decided to move from legacy systems onto next generation digital platforms that would power our business into the next decade.”
As part of this initiative, the company chose to migrate from a number of legacy tools that automated IT help desk and project management processes, quality assurance, and defect tracking. As implemented, these systems did not give IT the visibility it required into the service levels delivered, resources expended, or project completion times. In addition, they could not aggregate and analyze project and service-level data, making it impossible to identify trends or resolve recurring problems.
The TAL team began searching for a cloud-based platform to manage IT projects, infrastructure, applications, services, and operations for its 11 factories in six countries, and 26,000 employees worldwide.
TAL Apparel realizes its vision for holistic service management across the enterprise with a complete IT service management solution from ServiceNow
TAL Apparel evaluated a number of project portfolio management, application lifecycle management, and IT service management packages and ultimately selected ServiceNow IT Service Management.
Kai says: “With ServiceNow, we saw a vision and direction for bringing the whole suite of IT processes into a single platform and integrating them for a holistic management approach.”
Through discussions with ServiceNow, TAL Apparel realized it could use the platform to track the IT project portfolios across its enterprise, finance, human capital management, supply chain management, manufacturing, and IT functions. The business would be able to view all IT projects that had been proposed, approved, were in progress, or completed for each function. It could also track each project’s planned or approved budget, resources, requirements, tasks, schedule, status, and releases.
Success leads to further application deployments at TAL Apparel
TAL Apparel initially implemented ServiceNow’s incident management, problem management, change management, and release management applications. It then deployed ServiceNow® Agile Development to support its application development processes. Kai explains: “We’re using ServiceNow Agile Development to track user stories, sprints, tests, defects, and releases for our application development.”
TAL Apparel also deployed ServiceNow® Project Portfolio Management to track project proposals and requests across key functions. The business lists project initiatives for its executive council to prioritize and approve. These decisions dictate the allocation of resources and funding to projects. Project managers can then use ServiceNow to track project delivery and spend, while division heads can produce progress reports for the council to review.
TAL Apparel is now looking into deploying additional ServiceNow solutions to automate IT auditing and risk management processes, and is working on delivering automated, constantly refreshed system availability and service-level management figures via its dashboard.
“We’re getting close to achieving everything we wanted with the Now Platform,” Kai says.
ServiceNow automates IT service delivery for TAL Apparel employees, freeing IT to focus on preventative and proactive maintenance
TAL Apparel is automating IT services for employees such as onboarding and offboarding, system account creation, provisioning new PCs, and phones. Upcoming, employees can also download and install applications from an enterprise store or—once they receive the required approvals—install software without IT needing to be involved.