Nestle, the world’s largest food and beverage corporation, has chosen IBM as the exclusive provider of servers, storage systems and database software for the next five years.
The agreement, which requires IBM to build the technology e-infrastructure for a number of Nestle ‘data centres’ is valued in excess of $500 million.
The centres will be based on IBM eserver, including pSeries Unix servers and xSeries Intel servers, Enterprise Storage Servers (Code named ‘Shark’), storage area networks, DB2 software and Tivoli software.
Nestle has committed to consolidate and standardise its business processes world-wide as part of a programme to realise more than $1.8 billion in benefits by 2006.
To support the transformation, Nestle is implementing mySAP.com and consolidating its information technology operations, presently based in more than 100 sites, in five Globe Data Centres around the world. The regional data centres will be in Sydney, Phoenix and Frankfurt. In addition, two data centres, one for company consolidation and the other for development, will be installed in Bussigny, Switzerland.
When the IBM infrastructure is fully implemented, Nestle employees will be able to access mySAP.com via an internal, role-based portal customised by the functions of the employee’s job.
Nestle’s trading partners and customers will be able to access the company though private and secured exchanges.