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Coca-Cola Amatil unifies South Pacific operations with IBM cloud hub

Coca-Cola Amatil unifies South Pacific operations with IBM cloud hub

Signs five-year agreement for IBM to manage SAP infrastructure across six countries, including New Zealand

Coca Cola Amatil (CCA) has signed a five-year multimillion dollar cloud agreement with IBM to manage its cloud-based SAP infrastructure across the South Pacific.

Under the agreement, IBM will manage CCA’s SAP infrastructure in a cloud environment hosted in its datacentre in Sydney. This facility will become the cloud hub for CCA's South Pacific operations.

The latter covers Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and Samoa.

Australia and Indonesia will be the first countries to use the IBM cloud platform.

"We have a complex distribution network which requires our systems to be very efficient,” says CCA CIO 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," says Simpson.

CCA is keeping its IT operations in Australia to service its South Pacific operations, and in the process save significant revenue, says Grant Thomson, cloud business leader, IBM. “This is an excellent example of how to leverage the power and flexibility of cloud computing.”

Related: IBM commits US$1.2B to build global cloud network Goal: Network of 40 data centres across five continents

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