Drinks maker Edrington outsources SAP enterprise resource planning operation to Atos

Glasgow-based distiller Edrington outsources its ERP development, support and hosting to IT services firm Atos

Glasgow-based spirits maker Edrington has outsourced the development, support and hosting of its ERP software in a five-year deal with IT services firm Atos.

The distiller will move to an SAP system as part of an international expansion strategy and wants to use the international resources and experience of the supplier.

Atos will manage the international roll-out of the system, which will support the company in 11 markets spanning Asia, Africa, Europe and the USA, as well as the UK. The single shared SAP global system will provide control and visibility over the entire transactional process, forecasting and production of goods across the company’s worldwide operations.

Edrington produces the Macallan, the Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark, Highland Park, Brugal rum and Snow Leopard vodka.

“Atos is helping Edrington to build a platform that will integrate and simplify our systems, supporting our business and helping us reach more consumers around the world,” said Euan Fraser, director of Business Technology for Edrington.

Outsourcers eye opportunities in Scotland

Atos has built its business in Scotland in recent years. In June 2014 it won a ticketing and reservation commercial back-office support contract with Scotland’s passenger and vehicle ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac). It also implemented systems supporting the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Atos has business technologists working in locations across Scotland including Livingston, Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen and Forres. 

“Atos has invested heavily in our people and our workplace over the past few years. We have highly experienced and motivated business technologists working across the country who company wanted to are key to giving us the opportunity to add major contracts like this to our business,” said Gavin Thomson, Atos senior vice-president in Scotland.

Atos is not alone in targeting opportunities in Scotland. Earlier this year, when discussing Steria’s merger with Sopra, Steria's UK CEO John Torrie said the agreement will help the company expand into Scotland, where Sopra had the bigger business.

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