Leading food company Kraft Jacobs Suchard (KJS) will begin deploying SAP R/3 to 600 staff across four UK sites next month as part of a worldwide rollout.
KJS, which owns several household food brands, including Kenco coffee, Terries All Gold chocolate and Philadelphia cheese, has been planning the implementation for a year. It expects to complete the rollout by the end of the year.
The installation is part of a corporate move from mainframe MVS to client server computing.
R/3 will be run on a cluster of IBM SP2 Unix servers using Oracle as the relational database engine. Staff at KJS will connect and use R/3 via a mix of 486 and Pentium class desktop PCs running OS/2 Warp.
KJS UK's technical manager Steve Mould, said the rollout was unusual due to company policy which dictates that several of the R/3 modules need to be implemented simultaneously.
These include modules for distribution and inventory management, sales order processing, purchasing, accounts and project management.
The company has worked with QA Training to devise 14 different courses to assist the migration. In the first phase of the implementation, KJS trained a number of users to use the system to run integration and stress tests.
Training users on R/3 begins this week, giving KJS just six weeks before the system is deployed in September.
See training feature, page 20.
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