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Unilever goes for Capgemini.


Paris, London: Capgemini UK plc has been selected as Unilever's global business intelligence partner, to work alongside Unilever IT and business teams in delivering a major transformation programme over the next three years.

Unilever is one of the world's largest consumer goods companies, with 2 billion people using its products every day across 180 countries, and this major global programme will create its first Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW), providing real-time data on its customers, markets and operations worldwide to support decisions on all the company's plans and activities.

The programme will involve migrating legacy data warehouses into the new EDW and providing new datamining and analytical tools to support Unilever management at all levels in achieving fast, informed and fact-based decision-making based on comprehensive and up-to-date data. It is also expected to deliver significant sustainable cost savings both in IT and across Unilever business operations worldwide.

Willem Eelman, Unilever's Global Chief Information Officer, said: "This programme is one of our top strategic initiatives, not just for IT but for the Unilever business worldwide. It will transform the way our businesses around the world access and use information, bringing enhanced insight and consistency. Capgemini was the natural partner for us given their strong global Business Information Management experience and understanding of our business."

Paul Nannetti, Capgemini's Global Leader for Business Information Management, said: "Unilever is already one of our most important global customers and we are delighted to be working with them to deliver this new and critical programme which aims to release the full power of information to the benefit of their business. We look forward to applying our experience of global BI transformations to this programme combining our skills in technology, programme management and business consulting."

Capgemini was selected by Unilever following competitive bids from several leading multinational IT providers. According to the firm, the main reasons include Capgemini's in-depth knowledge of global BIM challenges and proven BIM methodology, its track record in major BIM assignments and in the consumer goods sector, and its fiveyear history of successful engagements at Unilever in finance business process outsourcing. Capgemini's proven commitment to sustainability, matching that of Unilever, was a further important point in favour.

Capgemini will deploy its Rightshore global delivery model on the Unilever programme. The Capgemini team working on the project will be led from the UK and based at a number of locations around the world including Continental Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific, and with core support from a development centre in India.

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