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Sub-Zero Shares its Digital Transformation Insights

Jun 27, 2024

With its three well-known brands—Sub-Zero refrigerators, Wolf ovens and cooktops, and Cove dishwashers—Sub-Zero is widely recognized as a manufacturer of top-end home appliances. Founded in 1945 and still privately owned, Sub-Zero is not necessarily a company many would expect to be at the forefront of industry’s digital transformation.

At the Snowflake Data Cloud Summit, Justin Swenson, product technical lead at Sub-Zero, explained that in the six years he has worked at Sub-Zero, the company has moved from having 100% of its compute handled on-premises to having 70% in the cloud. The key to this massive move of computing power at such an established company “has been having a modern data stack,” he said.

Sub-Zero needs this “modern data stack” to manage data not just from its own manufacturing operations, but also the company’s connected products and its supply chain data connections. These data points provide critical information to Sub-Zero, such as component performance and most frequently used features that help the company predict maintenance needs and determine future product innovations. 

Lacking a single, governed platform to unify data across its systems (prior to its use of Snowflake technologies), Sub-Zero couldn’t develop a complete understanding of its customer base or manufacturing operations. “Our previous systems weren’t going to sustain where we wanted to go,” said Jody McDonough, vice president of IT and CIO at Sub-Zero. “This [digital transformation] vision required us to clean up our data and make it more insightful—something we can act on.” 

After testing different options, Sub-Zero chose Snowflake’s Manufacturing Data Cloud for its scalability, ease of use and support for semi-structured data. 

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