CEMEX (NYSE: CX), one of the leading building materials companies in the world, and IBM (NYSE: IBM), today announced that CEMEX will undertake a sweeping digital transformation designed to improve its operations, substantially improve its customer experience and increase business efficiencies. CEMEX's digital transformation will enable real-time, mobile engagement with its building materials customers and distributors—companies that build everything from sports complexes and skyscrapers to houses and high-scale infrastructure around the world. CEMEX will deploy a suite of custom made-for-business apps, built to meet the needs of CEMEX's customers, transforming how the entire company does business from attracting new clients to collecting payments, invoicing and after-sale support. Beginning in early 2017, CEMEX will launch a suite of custom apps designed in collaboration with IBM iX (Interactive Experience) to create the best mobile-led customer experience in the building materials supply industry. CEMEX will follow a "speed-to-market" approach—launching a pilot project, followed by user testing, adjusting the solutions to meet the users' needs, and then scaling the apps worldwide. For example, a new Foreman app that will enable construction foremen to manage many aspects of their ready-mix concrete orders in real-time is currently being field tested by select CEMEX customers in several markets prior to global implementation. "At CEMEX, the future for our industry will be driven by the quality of the customer experience, not just the quality of the products and services. Our customers are increasingly expecting to have the same kind of experiences in working with businesses that they have in the consumer space," said Fernando A. Gonzalez, CEMEX's Chief Executive Officer. "By deploying IBM's new and innovative methods of experience design and process reinvention, CEMEX can create a superior customer experience and more readily deliver higher value to our stakeholders." CEMEX is teaming up with IBM on one of the most comprehensive digital transformation strategies undertaken in the industry, including digital experience design, digital process reinvention, agile delivery, dev-ops implementation and business process operation. The transformation will fundamentally change how foremen, field operations managers, cement masons, concrete finishers, truck drivers and other construction professionals do their jobs and interact with CEMEX.