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Beverages Company: Single ERP solution supports newly merged business

New SAP ERP solution—completed in only nine months—allows company to take immediate control of business and rapidly realize synergies


Two consumer goods companies merged their respective beverages businesses and needed a common supporting IT system to take fast control of the new global beverages company from Day 1. In only nine months, Accenture helped build and implement a single new SAP enterprise resource planning solution, integrate more than 300 SAP and non-SAP applications, and develop the IT infrastructure across 25 countries—a timeframe that has not been seen before in the industry. The company now has the global transparency, standardization, and scalability it needs to rapidly realize anticipated synergies and advance growth in new markets and product lines.


Two consumer goods companies merged their respective beverages businesses to take advantage of growth opportunities in mature and emerging markets. The newly created company needed a single enterprise resource planning solution (ERP) to maximize potential synergies from the merger. It collaborated with Accenture to integrate the two entities into a new company with a single SAP-based solution in time for its launch. Although work of this scale would normally take two to three years to complete, the Accenture team needed to finish it within nine months so the company could operate from Day 1. Any delays risked severe financial consequences.


In only three months, Accenture ramped up a global team of highly experienced professionals with the right resources, industry experience, and program delivery skills to address the unique requirements of the new company. The team helped the company build and deploy a unified SAP ERP solution covering all business functions, from sales and marketing to production and logistics across geographies. The team also managed the deployment of an IT infrastructure landscape for 77 locations. Services included application testing; the migration of more than 300 non-SAP applications; and IT infrastructure transformation services to manage the migration of the merged company’s’ data centers, networks, and end users. Prior to launch, Accenture conducted more than 300 training sessions and provided IT service management and security capabilities to help smooth the transition.


Thanks to strong project leadership, the SAP ERP system went live across 25 countries concurrently in an unprecedented timeframe of nine months—a first for the industry. The high-quality work was completed on time and under budget before the merger, allowing the company to have full integration on Day 1 of operations. The common ERP system has allowed the company—now twice its size in terms of people, countries, warehouses and revenue—to achieve the global transparency and standardization it needs to take immediate control of the business and rapidly realize anticipated synergies. The newly formed company now has the capabilities to quickly pursue opportunities in new markets and product lines, and a scalable ERP solution to respond to changing needs.