Nestlé looks to IBM for gold blend

Food-maker Nestlé has signed a five-year $500m (£350m) hardware and software contract with IBM as part of its strategy to...

Food-maker Nestlé has signed a five-year $500m (£350m) hardware and software contract with IBM as part of its strategy to consolidate IT across five global data centres.

Under the terms of the agreement IBM will supply software and hardware to the food giant to support the roll out of the MySAP.com portal across the company. According to IBM each of the data centres will be based on IBM pSeries Unix servers and xSeries Intel servers. IBM said that Nestlé would also be deploying IBM's "Shark" Enterprise Storage and storage area networks.

When the IBM infrastructure is fully implemented, Nestlé employees will be able to access mySAP.com via an internal, role-based portal customised by the functions of the employee's job. Nestlé 's trading partners and customers will be able to access the company though private and secured exchanges, expanding the business outside the company.

The software constituents of the contract comprise IBM's DB2 database software and Tivoli enterprise system administration software.

This latest IT consolidation is part of a wider company initiative by Nestlé to standardise business processes worldwide as part of a programme designed to save the firm more than $1.8bn (£1.3bn) by 2006.

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