Foodvest, a £1.1bn seafood manufacturing firm, is consolidating its IT systems and applications architecture to provide a unified view of the company and deliver more reliable IT services.
Foodvest, which was bought by private equity firm Lion Capital in June last year, owns Young's and The Seafood Company in the UK, and Findus in Scandinavia and France. It has around 6,300 staff - 4,000 in the UK - in more than 20 factories.
Alan Dodes, IT director for the group, said, "The business strategy is for a united Foodvest, and the IT consolidation strategy is designed to facilitate this. Service improvement is also key, and gets equal focus."
The initial projects include a review of Foodvest's wide area network, an upgrade, which includes consolidation of suppliers, and consolidation of the datacentre operations. Dodes said applications such as e-mail were also being consolidated.
"The initial drive is focused mainly on back office systems. We will also reduce the number of variants of application hosted at individual sites in due course," he said.
A key part of the datacentre consolidation is to automate job scheduling. Foodvest has chosen UC4's real-time workload automation suite for the task based on experience using it at Findus.
"Simple sequential job scheduling could not deliver the advanced control of processing that we require," said Dodes. "We want applications and their dependencies to run automatically and to tell us immediately when things go wrong."
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