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IBM inks cloud ERP deal with Coca-Cola Amatil

8/04/2014 by


Global technology giant IBM this morning revealed it had signed a five-year, multi-million-dollar deal with Coca-Cola Amatil which will see the beverage company’s revamped enterprise resource planning operations hosted out of an IBM datacentre located in Sydney.

In 2012, CCA completed a major project to centralise its ERP systems onto a single SAP platform in Australia and New Zealand. The $65 million One Amatil information system’ (OAisys) project saw 120 legacy systems consolidated down onto a single system.

In a statement issued this morning, IBM said it would now host those systems in its Sydney-based cloud computing environment, in a move which would streamline CCA’s operations and processes across the wider South Pacific region and which was expected to drive “significant operational costs” out of the business.

CCA currently operates in six countries including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and Samoa. Australia and Indonesia will be the first countries to use the IBM cloud platform to optimise and streamline CCA’s order management and distribution processes; increase operational efficiencies; and deliver consistent and exceptional quality of customer experience across the two geographies.

“We have a complex distribution network which requires our systems to be very efficient,” said CCA chief information officer Barry Simpson. “Indonesia is a vastly different market to Australia, as it has a more diverse trade to support across both modern and traditional channels. By using a common cloud platform across Australia and Indonesia, we will be able standardise and automate our operations and bring a consistent level of efficiency to our Indonesian business. Importantly, this will enable us to focus on growing our market share in Indonesia – which is a major opportunity for us in 2014.”

Under the agreement, IBM will manage CCA’s mission-critical SAP infrastructure in a cloud environment hosted in IBM’s datacentre in Sydney, which will eventually act as a cloud hub for the rest of CCA’s South Pacific operations.

“CCA’s plans to have Sydney serve as a cloud hub for its entire South Pacific footprint via IBM’s cloud platform will bring enhanced operational efficiency to its entire organisation,” said Grant Thomson, Cloud Business Leader, IBM. “CCA will be able to leverage best-practice processes from its Australian operation and apply them to the rest of the South Pacific region.

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