Zap-In series adoption case study

1. Company A, a nationwide franchise chain
Sales/inventory-management system

System overview

Swiftly ascertaining data on quickly changing products, preparing them when they start to become popular, and distributing them to each outlet. Selling off surplus products. Also, deciding on prices when selling them. Through these steps, distributing the optimal quantities of the optimal products to each outlet.


Shortened monthly batch-processing time to less than a tenth its previous level
  • Shortened monthly processing, which had taken about 20 days before, to six hours.
  • Made it possible to address any issues very quickly since monthly reports can be issued in a short timeframe.
  • Improved the speed of decision-making by each staff member.
  • Eliminated cases of missing out on the start of trends toward popular titles, which need to be purchased early.
  • Made it possible to dispose quickly of unnecessary stock of tittles not rented but still occupying space on shelves.
Greatly reduced development time and costs.
  • Made it possible to complete development in a short timeframe free from error, due to enabling interactive development (using the Zap-In automated programming feature) using real data subject to processing.
  • Now being deployed to similar batch processing through putting existing hardware to effective use.

2. Company B, a manufacturer of chemical industrial products
manufacturing cost control system for four plants

System overview

Since calculation for the bill of materials (BOM) is complex and takes a long time, manufacturing cost control for chemical industrial products could be conducted using only rough calculations.

Enabled precise calculations

Zap-In increased the speed of calculation by hundreds of times, making it possible to conduct complete calculations, instead of rough ones, in a short timeframe.

  • When using rough calculations, surplus products were produced, but these have been mostly eliminated.
  • Made it possible to realize detailed cost calculations through more precise cost-calculation units. Accurate cost calculations made it possible to accept orders without losses by enabling more precise estimates than competitors.
Was able to advance from monthly to daily processing by cutting the time needed for batch processing.
  • Shortened processing time from four days at the end of the month even for rough calculations to four hours for complete calculations, so that totalizing that had been conducted once a month can be conducted on a daily basis.
  • Makes it possible to ascertain at all times the operation status of a plant through the preceding day, so that plan revisions and decision-making can be conducted daily instead of waiting for the end of the month.
  • The ability to conduct calculations in a short timeframe made it possible to respond to urgent orders from users.
  • Calculation over a short timeframe has made it possible to calculate the latest costs corresponding to various fluctuating costs.
Promoting use of information
  • While there had been cases in which it already was too late when a situation had been identified through monthly totalizing of data, this system enables swift responses on a daily basis.
  • Ascertaining costs by product process in greater detail enables more precise responses and advances, greatly improving the company’s business.
Greatly reduced development time and costs.
  • Made it possible to complete development in a shorter timeframe at lower costs, through interactive development (using the Zap-In automated programming feature) using real data subject to processing.
  • Cut both hardware and software costs through migration from a legacy system to an open system.

3. Company C, a casualty insurer
Customer management system

System overview

Since customer information not only is high in volume but also changes frequently, customer master files were not functioning properly. In such a case, a simple method of correctly recording transactions with customers (crediting, payment, and others) before and after changes is the insertion of the latest customer information into transaction data. This results in tables containing numerous columns and items of data. Due to the large number of items, analysis of such tables is not easy. Use of Zap-In makes it possible to use information that could not previously be used easily because it makes it possible to conduct various queries at high speed through high-speed indexing of all items and increasing the speed of totalizing data as well.

Promoting use of information
  • While a wait of several days had been required from a new data-processing request until the information was obtained, this has made possible swift, accurate provision of information.
  • This has increased the speed of customer service and decision-making.
Greatly reduced development time and costs.
  • Made it possible to complete development in a shorter timeframe at lower costs, through interactive development (using the Zap-In automated programming feature) using real data subject to processing.
  • Made it possible to provide accurate data-processing results without requiring revision, since it can be checked on the spot whether the information is what the user desires.
  • Kept down new investment by offloading online batch processing from the host.

4. Company D, a general tech trading company
Financial management system

System overview

In this system, identifying discrepancies from among a massive volume of transactions is vital. For this purpose, high speed is essential for all functions including search, totalizing, matching, and categorization.

Cut information processing costs through eliminating the need for special-purpose devices
  • Cut costs (e.g., hardware, software, system development, operation, maintenance costs) through enabling migration from special-purpose devices to an open system.
  • Enabled migration from use of standard systems to systems enabling flexible, high-speed use of information.
  • Increased the speed of decision-making by responding swiftly to management needs.
Greatly reduced development time and costs
  • Enabled migration from the existing system to the new system without requiring programming.
  • Smooth, error-free migration was enabled through interactive development using real data.

5. Company E, a mail-order firm
Customer management system

System overview
The hit rate of direct mail is essential to the business success of a mail-order firm. Analysis of this requires not simply totalizing but simulation using a wide range of functions including joining, matching, querying, and categorization. Sufficient analysis is not possible unless all of these functions operate at rapid speeds.
Improving the direct-mail hit rate and growing sales
  • Enabled a system in which staff can put their own business experience and skills to use in adding new functions themselves (using Zap-In’s automated programming feature).
  • Made it possible to utilize the database in business as a familiar tool for use of information.
  • These steps have resulted in major improvements of three to five times in direct-mail hit rates.
Greatly reduced development time and costs
  • Realized system development with a budget and timeframe greatly reduced from before.

6. Company F, a manufacturer and seller of information and telecommunications devices
Purchasing management system

System overview

At most large manufacturers, each of the numerous plans has developed its own individual purchasing system. Centralizing these activities at the head office makes it possible to cut purchasing costs by 10% or more, as outlined below.

  • Makes it possible to cut parts inventories
  • Makes it possible to greatly reduce types of parts, through sorting and integrating them.
  • Enables selection of the parts that offer the optimal cost while satisfying quality requirements.
Cutting costs of using information
  • Standard information use realized through addition of new functions by the users themselves (using Zap-In’s automated programming feature).
  • Reduced costs of hardware, software, operation, and outsourcing by enabling migration to an open system.
  • Promoted a shift to a paperless office through more up-to-date information (cut printing of reports by 80%).
  • Use of detailed data on purchasing in cases such as changes in parts purchased and price negotiations enabled quick, accurate decision-making.

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