The next step for a critical technology
Leading display provider Planar is celebrating its fortieth anniversary in style, winning awards, including two Best of InfoComm 2023 and three InfoComm 2023 Best of Show, and garnering worldwide acclaim for innovating visualization technology. Planar’s LED and LCD video walls, large-format LCD displays, transparent and interactive displays, outdoor displays, and desktop and touchscreen monitors are found wherever people need to see what matters to them. They are in event spaces, museums, theaters, broadcast studios, airports, healthcare facilities, retail locations, governmental coordination and response centers, workplaces, and sports venues around the globe. Praveen Sharabu, Vice President and Global Head of IT at Planar, says, “We bring your vision to life through multiple formats of displays. Most of what we sell is custom, and every installation for us is a project.”
Planar is headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon. The company’s manufacturing facilities are near headquarters, and in Slovakia. In Corvallis, Oregon, OptiTrack, a business unit of Planar, offers high-performance optical tracking cameras and motion capture software that supports film, gaming, sports training, and biomechanical solutions. For many years, Planar has relied on ERP systems to run its complex business. “ERP is fundamental to our business,” says Sharabu. “ERP facilitates our finance and supply chain operations management and helps us work with the suppliers, distributors, and partners who provide parts and create solutions together with us.”
For over 10 years, Planar’s ERP system was Microsoft Dynamics AX, implemented by Sikich. Running on-premises, Dynamics AX supported U.S. operations. Planar business groups in Asia and Europe used different ERP systems. Once Planar decided to take advantage of the modern cloud, it was obvious that on-premises software would not be part of the company’s technology journey.