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DFS Software Purchases and Digital Transformation Initiatives

Last updated on 2020-08-13 12:32:47

Discover the latest software purchases and digital transformation initiatives being undertaken by DFS and its business and technology executives. Each quarter our research team identifies on-prem and cloud applications that are being used by the 5600 DFS employees from the public (Press Releases, Customer References, Testimonials, Case Studies and Success Stories) and proprietary sources.

During our research, we have identified that DFS has purchased the following applications: IBM WebSphere Platform for Analytics and BI in 2016 and the related IT decision-makers and key stakeholders.

Our database provides customer insight and contextual information on which enterprise applications and software systems DFS is running and its propensity to invest more and deepen its relationship with IBM or identify new suppliers as part of their overall Digital and IT transformation projects to stay competitive, fend off threats from disruptive forces, or comply with internal mandates to improve overall enterprise efficiency.

We have been analyzing DFS revenues, which have grown to $1.11 billions in 2019, plus its IT budget and roadmap, cloud software purchases, aggregating massive amounts of data points that form the basis of our forecast assumptions for DFS intention to invest in emerging technologies such as AI, Machine Learning, IoT, Blockchain, Autonomous Database or in cloud-based ERP, HCM, CRM, EPM, Procurement or Treasury applications.

About the Customer

DFS ( Direct Furnishing Supplies, DFS Furniture Company plc) is a furniture retailer in the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands and Ireland specializing in sofas and soft furnishings. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

In October 2017, DFS announced they had purchased one of their competitors, Sofology (formerly Sofaworks and CSL) in a $32 million deal. The acquisition was ratified by the Competition and Markets Authority in November 2017.

Scope and Challenges

As the company continued to see a significant increase in mobile and online shoppers researching and purchasing, it was crucial that it had a smarter shopping experience that was seamless and integrated across all customer touchpoints. That's where Salmon came in, their implementation partner.

As part of its ongoing digital transformation during 2016, Salmon helped DFS move to a new customer interaction platform, built on the latest IBM WebSphere Commerce.

Outcome and Implications

The new digital platform is designed to be a customizable, scalable and highly available solution built on open standards, and provides DFS with easy-to-use tools for the business to centrally manage its cross-channel strategy, and gives the business users the ability to manage marketing campaigns and merchandising across all sales channels. Salmon updated DFS' whole environment and way of working and moved it to the new platform in less than 6 months.

Additionally, as DFS' existing approach to arranging and scheduling deliveries was inefficient, Salmon consultants worked to define a new strategic customer-centric fulfillment strategy. This would ensure the highest levels of customer satisfaction each time furniture is delivered.

DFS employees can find the sofa on their tablet and can "swoosh" the image onto the nearest digital screen. This helps customers to visualize and buy, without ever sitting on the sofa. The digital signage technology, designed by Videro, was initially trialed in one small-format store and has since been rolled out to the entire store estate.

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Enterprise Software and Cloud Applications being used by DFS

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IT Decision Makers and Key Stakeholders at DFS

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