Unilever, one of the world's largest consumer goods companies, has become a cloud-only enterprise with the help of partners Microsoft and Accenture. The project, which took 18 months to complete, involved migrating Unilever's IT infrastructure and applications to Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform.
The move has enabled Unilever to improve its business resilience, efficiency, innovation and sustainability. Unilever can now leverage the power of cloud, artificial intelligence and data to accelerate product development, customer service and market insights.
Steve McCrystal, Chief Enterprise & Technology Officer, Unilever says, “Unilever is a truly data-powered organization. We're using advanced analytics to make better-informed decisions quicker than ever before. Working with Accenture and Microsoft on this global transformation project, we can respond to ever-changing consumer needs faster, allocate our resources more effectively to focus on what drives growth, and bring services and products to the market faster.”
The cloud migration also supports Unilever's commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by exiting its datacenters and using Green Cloud Advisor.
Embracing Green Cloud Advisor
Green Cloud Advisor is a new capability for the Accenture myNav platform that enables enterprises to operate more sustainable and efficient cloud environments. It helps companies design cloud solutions that reduce carbon emissions and lay a foundation for responsible innovation.
Green Cloud Advisor aims to help companies realize their sustainability goals through the cloud by reducing their energy usage, carbon footprint and waste.
“Together with Accenture, we're proud to expand our longstanding partnership with Unilever,” says 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 entire business. From embracing the industrial metaverse across its factories to reimagining how its lines of business can do more with tools like Azure OpenAI Service, Unilever's digital-first approach will empower it to grow resiliently and exceed the industry's pace of innovation.”
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