Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is accelerating its IT infrastructure with a fresh multiyear agreement with the American multinational technology company IBM. The agreement with IBM will accelerate its transformation to an open hybrid cloud environment by using Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift.
Coca-Cola European Partners is the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottler on revenue. The agreement streamlines CCEP’s existing IT infrastructure to build a platform for standardised business processes, data and technology, that reduces its operational expenses. CCEP’s collaboration with IBM has given them the nerve to take the next step in its strategic cloud-first digital transformation. CCEP will be given with a consolidated view and single point of control over IBM’s entire IT infrastructure. IBM Services will help CCEP to transform into IBM’s hybrid cloud environment. which includes the use of IBM public cloud and large SAP workloads.
Each business and client has its own business needs in their cloud adoption journey. The foundation of this transformation will be Red Hat OpenShift, which is the industry’s most extensive Kubernetes platform. It will allow Coca-Cola European Partners to create mission-critical applications and run them on IBM public cloud. IBM’s Multicloud Management ability will be used to support the legacy systems, public and private clouds to integrate and manage from a single dashboard.
Coca-Cola European Partners was founded on 28 May 2016 by merging three major bottling companies (Coca-Cola Enterprises, Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetränke AG and Coca-Cola Iberian Partners) for The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe. This combination formed the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottler based on revenue.
Earlier, their business was running on a plenitude of different technologies, where information delays and manual searches create business inefficiencies and operational bottlenecks. They previously used manual entry of the equipment services work order into their system, when work orders arrive from their customers, which was open to error and time-consuming process. So the question of the potential cost of these errors made them accept and return information electronically without error and focus on software replacement as a method to enhance cross-application and system integration. They needed a docile and robust system to integrate internally with SAP and other existing systems.