KION Group Goes Live on Dremio to Extract Intelligence from Vast Data Silos

November 2, 2023

Dremio’s Data Lakehouse Reduces Query Time of 200 Million Data Records from 30 Minutes to 3 Seconds

Munich, Germany, November 2, 2023Dremio, the easy and open data lakehouse, today announces that KION Group, Europe’s largest manufacturer of forklift and warehouse trucks, has today deployed the Dremio data lakehouse solution to extract actionable intelligence from vast, siloed data sets, and to accelerate decision making.

KION Group employees can now interrogate more than 200 million data records to receive responses to queries in just three seconds, compared to the 30 minutes the task would have taken prior to Dremio going live. Dremio’s self-service analytics means that non-technical users, such as product owners or service leads, can run complex data queries without the assistance of IT professionals. With real-time data, problems and their causes are identified in a timely manner.

KION Group is using the vastly improved analytic capabilities made possible by Dremio across a wide range of operations — including product analyses, warranty cases, and merchandise management data — after initially identifying 30 operational use cases.

KION Group has more than 1.7 million forklift trucks and warehouse trucks in use at customers across over 100 countries on six continents. Following a period of business reorganization and mergers, KION Group was left with an IT system characterized by isolated solutions across a large number of different systems.

Data silos made company-wide analysis difficult and making data-based decisions had become increasingly difficult with discussions more focused on the accuracy of the information than on operational intelligence. In addition, many of the existing solutions offered only a limited scope for analysis.

Dremio builds on previous advances in data management and analytics to combine the best features of both data lakes and data warehouses and provide a unified platform for storing, processing, and analyzing data. Dremio is able to manage and extract value from structured and semi-structured data across a wide variety of historical and contemporary data sets.

Powered by Dremio and run on Microsoft Azure, the KION Analytics Platform (KAP) integrates live queries into everyday work as a matter of course. Product families, models, or even locations can be switched and the information becomes tangible. For employees, the analytics make it immediately visible where fine-tuning or course correction have become necessary.

Whether as ready-made reports or intuitive dashboards, the KION Group teams determine which data they analyze, when, and in what form.

The analyses enable business analysts to dig deep into the underlying detail — for example, to understand how often a particular defect occurs, whether that defect occurs only during installation, and whether production has adapted to the new requirements.

"Dremio is the basis of all our analytics. It has set such standards that there is virtually no comparison to before. We can finally realize the potential of our huge amounts of data,” said Simon Wöllhardt, Head of Standards & Strategy Deployment at KION GROUP AG.

Dremio’s commitment to open source eliminates vendor lock-in, which was another persuasive factor in KION Group rolling out the technology. KION Group is now assessing a range of other commercial scenarios to see where Dremio analytics can add further value — with use cases under consideration such as an error history at parts level, where the entire life cycle of a truck’s components can be viewed.

About Dremio

Dremio is the easy and open data lakehouse, providing self-service analytics with data warehouse functionality and data lake flexibility across all of your data. Use Dremio's lightning-fast SQL query service and any other processing engine on the same data. Dremio increases agility with a revolutionary data-as-code approach that enables Git-like data experimentation, version control, and governance. In addition, Dremio eliminates data silos by enabling queries across data lakes, databases, and data warehouses, and by simplifying ingestion into the lakehouse. Dremio's fully managed service helps organizations get started with analytics in minutes, and automatically optimizes data for every workload. As the original creator of Apache Arrow and committed to Arrow and Iceberg’s community-driven standards, Dremio is on a mission to reinvent SQL for data lakes and meet customers where they are on their lakehouse journey.Hundreds of global enterprises like JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Regeneron, and Allianz Global Investors use Dremio to deliver self-service analytics on the data lakehouse. Founded in 2015, Dremio is headquartered in Santa Clara. CNBC recognized Dremio as a Top Startup for the Enterprise and Deloitte named Dremio to its 2022 Technology Fast 500. To learn more, follow the company on GitHub, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, or visit

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