Consumer goods conglomerate Procter & Gamble (P&G) has signed an agreement with HP to move to a cloud infrastructure.
HP will be accountable for of P&G’s manufacturing, procure-to-pay, order-to-cash, physical distribution and financial systems.
P&G will consolidate its core technology infrastructure from a private model into a hybrid cloud environment. It will use HP's 3PAR storage, networking, VMware virtualisation software and HP TippingPoint for a converged infrastructure.
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The contract comes as P&G’s £2bn 10-year mega outsourcing deal with HP is due to end next year.
Filippo Passerini, chief information officer at Procter & Gamble, said the “always-on” capability would be a critical business driver.
The deal comes at an interesting time for HP, which is refocusing its core business as a hardware enterprise, after former CEO Leo Apotheker wanted to turn HP into a purely software and services business.