Imperial Brands Migrates Tobacco ERP to the Cloud
Headquartered in Bristol, United Kingdom, Imperial Brand is the parent company of an international business specializing in tobacco and non-tobacco brands. Imperial employs approximately 30,000 people and sells a comprehensive range of cigarettes, fine cut and smokeless tobaccos, papers and cigars in 160 markets under a variety of brand names including Davidoff, Gauloises Blondes, West, JPS, Rizla and Golden Virginia. The e-vapor brand blu is also sold in a growing number of markets.
Imperial Brands has been a QAD ERP customer since 1993, running QAD on-premise. There is a strong focus within Imperial on operational efficiencies and its core business. A key part of this strategy is outsourcing non-value added activities. Administering an ERP solution on-premise can be complex and time-consuming, so Imperial decided to implement QAD Cloud ERP, letting QAD handle the administration of its ERP while giving Imperial's IT team time to concentrate on strategic projects.
''We're a global business and we need a global ERP solution and all that entails,'' said Chris Broe, Imperial Brands CIO. ''Local language support, scalability, uptime and security are all mission critical for us, as is the ability to adapt quickly to take advantage of the latest technology. QAD has served us well for a number of years and we feel confident heading to the future with QAD Cloud ERP.''
Imperial Brand plans to implement QAD Cloud ERP at 21 facilities in 18 countries. By implementing QAD Cloud ERP, Imperial Brands will receive a number of benefits including:
- 24/7 global support staffed by QAD employees
Guaranteed uptime of 99.5 percent on the QAD cloud
QAD cloud data centers are SSAE 16 certified — the highest global standard for data center security
- The ability to scale quickly, adding or reducing users as needed
- Multi-GAAP and tax regulator support for business transactions worldwide
''Moving mission-critical processes to the cloud is a smart strategic decision for global companies,'' said JC Walravens, vice president of QAD EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). ''QAD Cloud ERP is available and supported around the world, and supports many local languages and requirements. Imperial joins a rapidly growing list of European companies that have made the move to QAD Cloud ERP to increase agility and speed, reduce risk and keep crucial business processes aligned with company strategy.''
QAD Inc, www.qad.com, is a leading provider of flexible, cloud-based enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies. QAD Cloud ERP for manufacturing supports operational requirements in the areas of financials, customer management, supply chain, manufacturing, service and support, analytics, business process management and integration. QAD's portfolio includes related solutions for quality management software, supply chain management software, transportation management software and B2B interoperability.
Since 1979, QAD solutions have enabled customers in the automotive, consumer products, food and beverage, high tech, industrial manufacturing and life sciences industries to better align operations with their strategic goals to become Effective Enterprises.
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