Beer giant Foster's has signed a deal with IT supplier Informatica to create a single and accurate view of its global operations.
The Australian brewer, primarily known for its flagship beer, owns over 200 different drinks brands, including wine, spirits and soft drinks. Fosters sells products in more than 100 countries, with the UK one of its largest markets, and employs a workforce of 6,000, including those at its European headquarters in Twickenham, Middlesex.
Mergers and acquisitions by Foster's have led to the company having a mix of enterprise resource planning systems and different methods for defining and processing key business data, such as information on customers and products.
Foster’s is now using Informatica Data Quality, Informatica PowerCenter, Informatica PowerExchange and Informatica Data Explorer to improve how it accesses business data across the group.
The Informatica system is underpinning Foster’s enterprise architecture programme, which is aimed at driving common business processes, and delivering improved data quality, IT simplification and reuse across the enterprise.
The technology is also supporting ERP consolidation – merging five systems into one – and the establishment of a unified customer relationship management (CRM) environment.
“The target state for our enterprise architecture programme is to have a single source of truth for critical business data worldwide. The Informatica platform is an essential part of achieving that goal,” said Michael Davis, senior enterprise architect at Foster’s Group.
The aim, he said, is to have "improved quality of information, streamlined processes and visibility into global operations".