US snacks maker PepsiCo is to use Cisco Telepresence to cut travel costs and improve collaboration worldwide in a supplement to an existing managed network contract with BT Global Services.
PepsiCo's senior vice-president and global CIO Robert Dixon said, "This new collaboration strategy with BT and Cisco will reinvent the way we work."
He said the video-based virtual meeting system would let PepsiCo staff travel less, which would allow for greater productivity and a smaller environmental footprint. "In this day and age, it is simply a smarter way of going about our business," he said.
PepsiCo has a seven-year managed services agreement with BT Americas to provide and manage an integrated portfolio of data, LAN, security, conferencing, remote access and internet services to support the information technology (IT) requirements for PepsiCo's international division.
PepsiCo International's local and wide area network infrastructure covers more than 900 locations in more than 60 countries. In addition, BT undertook to migrate these services to a state-of-the-art, high-speed, IP-based global MPLS infrastructure.