Unilever Optimizes Business Processes and Information Delivery with mySAP.com
Walldorf, Germany - 12 March, 2002 (PRN):SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) Monday announced that Unilever, the multi-national manufacturer of leading brands in foods, home care, and personal care, has named SAP a preferred supplier and strategic IT provider in a three-year multi-million Euro deal.
Already more than 24,000 Unilever employees use SAP(R) enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions as well as supply chain management functionality with mySAP(TM) Supply Chain Management (mySAP SCM). With a simplified global SAP architecture, Unilever will streamline its business processes and work more efficiently with both its customers and suppliers. No other vendor currently provides the range of integrated and open solutions Unilever requires worldwide. In particular, mySAP SCM will help Unilever achieve improved customer service, higher production output, better responsiveness to unexpected demands, reduced inventory and cycle times, and higher product margins.
"IT has a key role to play in supporting Unilever's Path to Growth agenda. Unilever is investing in the appropriate systems to support and sustain both growth and improved margins," said Peter Slator, corporate CIO of Unilever. "We have long advocated open industry standards as the best way to deliver the range of IT applications we need to support our business. We are well placed to leverage and extend the already significant investment in SAP solutions across our business. This will help us to further simplify and speed up the delivery of the information and business process support demanded by the business. We are pleased to confirm that we have agreed to global terms with SAP for the provision of mySAP.com."
Unilever has also started to work with and has plans to deploy mySAP(TM) Enterprise Portals across its business to allow more of its 100,000-plus networked employees to make full use of the wide range of information within the organization. "Unilever believes that delivering timely, relevant, and trustworthy information from wherever it originates into a decision maker's hands is the key way for IT to add value to its business. By delivering that information through one easy-to-use source, without the need for wholesale replacement of all of the underlying IT systems, even more value can be added. The capabilities of mySAP Enterprise Portals match that vision well and as one of the earliest adopters, Unilever is working with SAP to put this in place for its business," Slator said.
"Supply chain management is a make-or-break function in the consumer goods industry, and with its size and product range, Unilever needs to be especially nimble," said Leo Apotheker, president of the EMEA Region and member of the Extended Management Board at SAP AG. "mySAP.com will make life easier for Unilever employees around the world, thanks to the role-based content and integration capabilities of mySAP Enterprise Portals."
SAP is the world's leading provider of e-business software solutions. Through the mySAP.com(R) e-business platform, people in businesses around the globe are improving relationships with customers and partners, streamlining operations, and achieving significant efficiencies throughout their supply chains. Today, more than 17,000 companies in over 120 countries run more than 44,500 installations of SAP(R) software. With subsidiaries in over 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP." (Additional information at http://www.sap.com.)
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