London and Redmond, Wash., April 03, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Accenture (NYSE: ACN), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Unilever (LSE: ULVR) have completed one of the largest and most complex cloud migrations in the consumer goods industry. The migration has helped Unilever – whose 400+ brands are used by 3.4 billion people daily – become a cloud-only enterprise.
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Accenture, Microsoft and Unilever have completed one of the largest and most complex cloud migrations in the consumer goods industry. (Photo: Business Wire)
Accenture and Microsoft, along with their joint venture, Avanade, teamed up with Unilever to bring about the transformation in just 18 months with minimal disruption to business operations. This has not only helped in ensuring flexible, safe and optimized operations for Unilever but has also provided a platform to drive innovation and growth.
With Azure as its primary cloud platform, Unilever will be able to accelerate product launches, enhance customer service and improve operational efficiency. Additionally, Azure’s move aligns with Unilever’s sustainability commitment by helping to build on the company’s progress towards curbing carbon emissions.
Building an agile, high-performance digital core that delivers greater efficiency will provide Unilever with increased computing power to explore new ways of working. Unilever’s adoption of a cloud-only approach will significantly improve business flexibility, strengthen security and increase control over the IT landscape.
Accenture, Microsoft and Unilever set a new benchmark for cloud transformation in the consumer goods industry, including:
Unlocking new innovation opportunities, such as using industrial metaverse technologies that harness real-time data from factory digital twins to accelerate lighthouse factories of the future and leverage existing cloud data platforms to power insights and predictions Let’s build
Accelerated ability to identify trends and make rapid decisions. By leveraging the power of the cloud, artificial intelligence and its robust data foundation, Unilever can anticipate and adapt to changing market needs faster than ever before. For example, it will enable Unilever to make continued breakthroughs in research and development, allowing new and innovative products to be developed faster and with greater efficiency.
Adopting the latest in AI to deliver better experiences by implementing Azure OpenAI service across Unilever’s business to enable better customer and employee experiences.
Reducing your carbon footprint by exiting your data centers and introducing Green Cloud Advisor, which facilitates Unilever’s transition to a more sustainable and efficient cloud environment.
Steve McChrystal, Chief Enterprise and Technology Officer, Unilever said, “Unilever is a truly data-driven organisation. We are using advanced analytics to make better-informed decisions faster than ever before on this global transformation project Working with Accenture and Microsoft.” We can respond to changing consumer needs more quickly, allocate our resources more effectively in ways that drive growth, and bring services and products to market faster.”
“The path to business resilience now and into the future is through total enterprise reinvention – which includes the transformation of every part of the business with the cloud,” said Nicole van Ditt, Senior Managing Director at Accenture and Global Account Lead for Unilever. With access to the full continuum of cloud capabilities, including generative AI, Unilever has the flexibility to drive innovation, accelerate growth and continue to set the pace as a digital powerhouse and leader in its industry.
“Together with Accenture, we are proud to expand our long-standing partnership with Unilever,” said Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Microsoft. “With Microsoft Azure as its cloud foundation, Unilever’s end-to-end digitization will enable rapid innovation across its business. From embracing the industrial metaverse in its factories to re-imagining how Azure OpenAI Service With tools like how its business can do more, Unilever’s digital-first approach will empower it to grow flexibly and exceed the pace of innovation of the industry.”
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Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of beauty and wellbeing, personal care, home care, nutrition and ice cream products, sold in more than 190 countries and used by 3.4 billion people every day. We have 148,000 employees and 2022 sales of €60.1 billion. Our vision is to be the global leader in sustainable business and to demonstrate how our future-friendly business model drives superior performance. We have a long tradition of being a progressive, responsible business. The Unilever Compass, our sustainable business strategy, is designed to help us deliver superior performance and drive sustainable and responsible growth, while: – improving the health of the planet; – Improving people’s health, confidence and well-being; – and contributing to a fairer and more socially inclusive world. For more information about Unilever and our brands, please visit www.unilever.com
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