Consol extends partnership with T-Systems

Consol Glass has extended its contract for a further five years with ICT outsourcing service providers, T-Systems in South Africa.

The extension underscores a six-year partnership which has, among others, seen Consol migrating its SAP business application infrastructure to T-Systems’ cloud computing platform in 2011 in a deal worth R25 million.

Consol, headquartered in Johannesburg, and T-Systems’ six-year partnership is underscored by a number of important milestones which include the smooth transition from an in-house IT environment to a complete end-to-end outsourced service.

T-Systems’ has standardised, consolidated and virtualised Consol’s server architecture, which also included the virtualisation of its SAP environment; ultimately moving it to the cloud.

Consol also features a comprehensive Business Intelligence (BI) platform which includes the recent deployment of the first SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Accelerated platform with in-memory computing in EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa).

The platform allows for the analysis of business operations based on large volumes of detailed information in real time.

Johan du Plessis, CIO of Consol Glass, said: “Making glass products is our core business. Outsourcing all our IT services allows us to focus on making the glass business even better instead of being distracted by IT commodities, operations and support. In T-Systems we have a partner with excellent international resources and experience we can draw on when required.”

Looking ahead, T-System says it is well positioned to support Consol’s strategic drive in the local and African markets.

“We will also be looking at driving down the cost of business through the utilisation and exploitation of systems and technologies. A good example is using cloud computing to allow for shared services on the SAP platform as well as other technology areas; gaining the most from Consol’s investment in IT,” said Gert Schoonbee, MD at T-Systems in South Africa.

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