COFCO – China National Cereals, Oils, and Foodstuffs Corporation – and Coca-Cola have been working together since 2000 as COFCO Coca-Cola Beverages Ltd., and the combined business is currently undergoing a long-running technology transformation with Huawei at the helm.
The business’s business system consists of front-end applications systems (such as sales data, logistics, office automation, and external communications management); Enterprise Resource Planning; and portals, reporting systems, and data warehouses. These are all areas which evolve constantly, and COFCO Coca-Cola realised its infrastructure needed to be more flexible.
“Our original network infrastructure was unable to support our ICT transformation strategy,” said Li Zhihong of COFCO Coca-Colaʼs Information Management Department. “After about one year of research, we decided to build a cloud platform and use cloud infrastructure to support our core business systems such as ERP and CRM.”
After much planning and consideration, the company made the appropriate decisions regarding appliances and software, selecting Huawei’s FusionCube converged appliance solution and its FusionServer server, OceanStor 5500 V3 storage system, and FusionSphere cloud operating system.
“Many market researchers show that Huawei is increasing its share in the appliance, storage, and server markets” Li said. “I strongly agree that Huawei has strong capabilities in these areas.”
Since the deployment and launch of Huaweiʼs ICT products, COFCO Coca-Cola has reported more than 99.9% reliability of its core business systems, with a yearly downtime of less than 8 hours. This impressive result meets the core business systems stability requirements of COFCO Coca-Cola and enables efficient business operations.
This is just the beginning. The company plans to integrate production line equipment with core business systems through sensor and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. It will also capitalise on Big Data to achieve predictive maintenance and improve production and sales forecasts.
“Huawei has provided us with a series of ICT infrastructure solutions, such as FusionCube, that fully meet our business development needs and conform to our ICT transformation strategy,” Li said. “We are looking forward to further cooperation with Huawei.”