By Freya Purnell
Asian retailer Dairy Farm Group is migrating its SAP environment to a Telstra managed private cloud solution, in a multi-million dollar deal.
The group has more than 100,000 employees and 5800 stores and franchises across Asia, including IKEA, Mannings and 7-ELEVEN.
Under the agreement, Telstra will oversee the storage, physical security, maintenance and connectivity of the company’s SAP suite. The SAP migration commenced in November 2014, with health and beauty stores being the first to move, and is due for completion in April 2015.
“We undertook a very detailed selection process and chose Telstra as our successful cloud infrastructure partner due to their flexibility, ability to scale and willingness to adjust and refine the proposal in line with our needs. The total cost of ownership and immediate partnership that developed during the negotiation phase, also influenced our final decision,” said Gerhard Roux, CIO, the Dairy Farm Group.
The Dairy Farm Group will explore further expansion of the platform to include unified communications as a service, network and retail media solutions, within the next two years.
Andrew Wildblood, head of Asia Pacific enterprise, global enterprise and services, said moving to the managed private cloud should also help to lower the total cost of ownership for the group’s SAP suite, with less resources required to manage the environment.
“Hosting business applications in the cloud, helps empower the Dairy Farm Group’s employees to work on the move, delivering a consistent level of productivity while addressing increasing demand for mobile workspaces. Furthermore, the Dairy Farm Group will benefit from improved business continuity with the managed solution’s disaster recovery offerings,” he said.