IBM Helps Kraft Foods deliver smarter service across Central and Eastern
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Kraft Foods extends engagement with IBM to build borderless operations through
a single enterprise resource planning platform
PRAGUE, Dec. 27, 2012
PRAGUE, Dec. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Kraft Foods (part
of the Mondelez International group of companies) today announced the
extension of their engagement until September 2015 to continue helping Kraft
in their strategy of implementing three SAP instances globally in three years.
This includes the roll-out of a corporate template to harmonize business
process across their Developing Markets in CEE and MEA.
This extension marks the successful completion of the initial roll outs in
Central Europe and Russia. The next project, Catalyst CEEMA Wave 4, is now in
progress, covering an additional 11 countries in Eastern & South East Europe,
Middle East and Northern Africa, with a planned go-live in May 2013. With the
completion of the program in 2014, 22 countries in the CEE & MEA region will
be operating on a single enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform,
alongside their EU counterparts.
"Our strategic engagement with IBM has helped Kraft Foods implement harmonized
and integrated business processes across the EMEA region and at the same time,
complete the integration of key acquisitions by Kraft. Despite the complexity
faced and the number of countries and people involved in the Catalyst program,
we have managed to adopt a genuine 'one team' approach and the extension of
our engagement is a testimony to the success we have achieved together,"
Bernd Ruschmeyer, IS Director Catalyst Program, Kraft Foods CEEMA.
The significance of the project was also recognized at the SAP CEE Quality
Awards Ceremony 2012 on October 25th in Prague, where Kraft Foods was
announced the Gold Winner in the Large Implementation category.
"Our ability to provide the best professional services helps Kraft build
borderless operations so they can deliver products in smarter ways to their
customers," said Vladimir Seibert, CEEMA Program Delivery Lead, IBM. "One of
the key enablers to this long-term cooperation is our extensive ERP
experience, capabilities and shared commitment to working collaboratively.
This positions us well to continue delivering results that will help Kraft
take on new business challenges and opportunities for growth."
IBM has played a key strategic partner role in helping Kraft successfully
deliver their multi-year program, providing the know-how and the expertise
needed, bringing together functional and technical experts from across the
globe. IBM's ability to retain a core team of experts for Kraft, over an
extended period of time, and to rotate these individuals through the different
phases/projects in the program, has ensured maximum knowledge sharing,
increased control over the template system and a very high standard of
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About Mondelez International
Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is a world leader in chocolate,
biscuits, gum, candy, coffee and powdered beverages. The company comprises the
global snacking and food brands of the former Kraft Foods Inc. following the
spin-off of its North American grocery operations in Oct. 2012. Mondelez
International's portfolio includes several billion-dollar brands such as
Cadbury and Milka chocolate, Jacobs coffee, LU, Nabisco and Oreo biscuits,
Tang powdered beverages and Trident gums. Mondelez International has annual
revenue of approximately $36 billion and operations in more than 80 countries.
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