When tech meets human ingenuity
A compressed timetable, a strategic plan and one team
Accenture worked with the company that would become Haleon and an ecosystem of partners from strategy to execution to enable the separation against a very tight timeline. To be successful, this needed to be a highly compressed transformation.
Unlike a brand-new deployment of technology, the separation had layers of complexity, involving hundreds of systems, with numerous suppliers and contracts. The SAP environment alone was over 40 Terabytes, one of the largest in the industry. The process of migrating, cloning and purging that in four short days had never been done before.
Making the whole process more pressure-filled, there was a single opportunity on the horizon to execute the separation: over the four-day Easter holiday weekend. Over that bank holiday weekend, the team would undertake multiple simultaneous procedures to transfer the technical ecosystem to the new environment—including all critical manufacturing and financial processes. After that, Haleon would be standing on its own.
The importance of one unified team
Working shoulder to shoulder, the team included future Haleon employees and strategic partners blended seamlessly to operate as one integrated unit. Over the weekend, everything went without a hitch, on time. Finally, as part of the overall separation strategy, Accenture helped Haleon to pivot to the cloud. Infrastructure migration was a key workstream, as part of the separation, as it positioned Haleon to hit the ground running with a modern technology estate from day one.