TCS and @OrangeScape Enable United Biscuits Migrate Lotus to Cloud

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Migrates Apps from Lotus Notes & Extends SAP ERP processes using OrangeScape Studio.

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Suresh Sambandam CEO of OrangeScape said "We have been working with UB through our alliance partner TCS (TATA Consultancy Services) for close to a year. We are extremely happy to see the journey has resulted in a satisfied enterprise customer."

OrangeScape, a globally leading PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) provider, has announced that they have enabled United Biscuits (UB), a Leading Manufacturer of Biscuits and Snacks in UK and continental Europe, migrate their Lotus Notes Apps to Cloud using OrangeScape’s Visual platform as a service that runs on Google’s cloud platform services. It has also extended UB’s SAP ERP core systems for a faster, more agile and workflow driven application stack. UB has already built a number of production cloud applications based on OrangeScape platform.

United Biscuits (UB) manufactures and markets a wide range of biscuits and snacks products in the UK and continental Europe that are household names in their respective markets. UB operates manufacturing facilities in UK, France, Belgium, Holland, India & Nigeria. Thus, their Core ERP and the associated processes are critical to the functioning of their global business operations.

UB wanted to move away from the legacy environment driven by Lotus Notes and SAP, to a more agile and efficient platform with foundations on cloud architecture. They needed a better performance on their “product launch” processes, a modern mobile interface for their management and knowledge workers to get more productive, and better data integration with the backend systems. Their Enterprise IT needed a faster Software Development Lifecycle to get more agile and to support their business better.

In OrangeScape, UB found a perfect alternative for the workflows on Lotus Notes, and with the robust rule engine based runtime architecture working seamlessly with Google cloud offerings like Google App Engine, Google Cloud SQL, Google Cloud Storage and the Visual modeling environment for development.

Barry Kelly, IS Controller Architecture Development at United Biscuits, said, “Our IT footprint in the UK is built around an SAP ERP core. We also have a number of Lotus Notes databases supporting core processes. In 2011 we investigated a number of PaaS vendors who could provide us with a cloud based architecture that was sustainable and scalable over time. We needed a solution that supports fast application development and allowed us to publish these applications into standard cloud platforms such as Google Apps Engine. The solution also needed to interface with our back-end systems. We chose OrangeScape as it met all our criteria and have successfully gone live with a number of cloud applications."

Suresh Sambandam CEO of OrangeScape said, “We have been working with United Biscuits through our alliance partner TCS (TATA Consultancy Services) for close to a year. We are extremely happy to see the journey has resulted in a satisfied enterprise customer. UB is a great example of enterprise IT team leading innovation from the front by adopting the right technology."

OrangeScape addresses business application and workflow needs of very large enterprise customers focused on productivity through platform abstraction. Apart from being a perfect destination for Business Applications and workflows for Enterprises, OrangeScape Visual PaaS is also a great alternative for Lotus Domino Applications when companies decide to move away from Lotus to a Cloud alternative such as Google Apps.

About United Biscuits

United Biscuits (UB) manufactures and markets a wide range of biscuits and snacks products in the UK and continental Europe that are household names in their respective markets. McVitie’s is among the best known brands in the UK. UB’s branded biscuits are purchased by 97% of UK households. Branded products account for around 90% of sales. UB owns and operates 16 manufacturing facilities of which 11 are in the UK, two in France, one in Belgium, one in Holland and in 2010 we opened a new factory in India. UB also licenses a third party to manufacture McVitie’s biscuits in Nigeria.

About OrangeScape

OrangeScape is a rare breed of technology company founded in 2003 with customers and partners in the USA, India, UK & Europe. OrangeScape offers Application PaaS for enterprises to create sophisticated business services & cloud applications. OrangeScape is one of the Global 10 Cloud platform as a service providers featured in PaaS reports of Gartner and Forrester. OrangeScape has a marquee customer list including Unilever, India Infoline, United Biscuits, Citibank, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sterlite, Fullerton, Geojit BNP Paribas and other large enterprises. OrangeScape offers Premium Trial that comes with US$ 2,000 worth FREE consulting!

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