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Heinz is moving to SAP HANA because its old data strategy was putting the squeeze on efficiency

Heinz moved to SAP HANA because its old data strategy was putting the squeeze on efficiency

International condiment giant H.J. Heinz Company announced it has implemented Virtustream’s integrated cloud management service to help it deploy a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and run production SAP’s in-memory compute platform, HANA, to support its data consolidation efforts. The firm said that before making the move its data strategy didn’t quite cut the mustard.

Virtustream, which specialises in moving and managing SAP workloads in the cloud in both KVM and VMware environments, helped Heinz migrate to SAP HANA as well as integrate various data sources.

Heinz said its data sources before the migration were quite disparate, and that its integration strategy was lagging. At the same time the firm wanted to make corporate performance data more available in real-time through persistently updated dashboards, which is where the cloud came into play – Heinz’s first foray, it said.

“We needed a way to more quickly process information in greater detail, and the cloud offered a simple way to manage this on a global scale,” said Davor Brkovich, director, global technology operations at H.J. Heinz.

He said the move “enabled us to seamlessly and securely deploy a unified business intelligence platform across offices in more than 40 countries. We now have greater visibility into key performance trends, the ability to identify problem areas and quickly optimize sales strategies by data across multiple local markets.”

Rodney Rogers, chairman and chief executive officer of Virtustream: “With an integrated view across their business and the ability to rapidly analyse performance data in the cloud, Heinz will see not only see significant cost savings in the cloud, but they will also realize revenue-driving potential in their PaaS infrastructure.”

Virtustream has sought to make a name for itself in the cloud migration space by helping enterprises port their legacy SAP and Oracle estates over to the cloud, which is often far from straightforward in the vast majority of cases despite what some of the larger incumbents are doing in terms of license portability or technical innovation.