Coca-Cola European Partners Signs a Multiyear Agreement with IBM to Accelerate its Strategic Transformation Journey with Hybrid Cloud

24 August 2020

Each year, over 700 billion litres of non-alcoholic beverages are consumed worldwide, and whether bottled refreshments reach consumers via restaurants, retail stores or vending machines, an effective distribution channel can mean the difference between success or failure for soft drink companies like Coca-Cola.


CCEP has chosen an open hybrid cloud environment relying on Red Hat OpenShift to increase efficiency, reduce operating expenses, bring enhanced insights and deliver greater services to its millions of customers, as well as IBM public cloud to securely host its mission-critical applications.



Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has signed a multiyear agreement with IBM to accelerate its transformation to an open hybrid cloud environment using Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The move is designed to reduce its operational expenses, increase IT resiliency and leverage analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in its daily operations to bring enhanced business insights and deliver greater service to its millions of customers.


A key priority for CCEP is to streamline its existing IT infrastructure to create a platform for standardised business processes, data and technology. This will create a springboard from which to leverage data analytics, IoT and AI technologies to provide new insights across its operations to help drive further efficiencies.


As part of the agreement, IBM Services, with its deep industry expertise, will help CCEP transform to a IBM hybrid cloud environment managed by IBM, including the use of IBM public cloud, and several large SAP workloads. IBM will also provide CCEP with a consolidated view and single point of control over its entire IT infrastructure.


Peter Brickley, Chief Information Officer of Coca-Cola European Partners, said: “Our successful collaboration with IBM over the last few years has given us the confidence to take the next step in our strategic cloud-first digital transformation. The selection of IBM’s hybrid cloud architecture with Red Hat OpenShift gives us the flexibility to optimize across different public cloud platforms according to our future needs.”


“As businesses shift to cloud, we understand that each industry and client has unique business needs in their cloud adoption journey. IBM is excited to take Coca-Cola European Partners on this next chapter of their cloud journey delivering on an industry-specific solution as they migrate mission critical workloads to the cloud,” said Howard Boville, SVP IBM Cloud. “By selecting IBM for its hybrid cloud environment with decades of industry expertise and experience, CCEP is embarking on a journey towards an open and secure cloud architecture driving greater digital advancement.”


IBM will help CCEP modernize its IT environment by using Red Hat Enterprise Linux to provide an open standard, cost-effective platform. A cornerstone of this transition will be Red Hat OpenShift, the industry's most comprehensive Kubernetes platform, which will allow CCEP to build mission-critical applications once and run them on IBM public cloud . IBM’s Multicloud Management capability will be used to allow the legacy systems, private and public clouds, to be integrated and managed from a single dashboard.


IBM and CCEP began their journey to the Cloud in 2018, when IBM successfully moved one third of CCEP’s enterprise workloads from a dedicated US data centre to the IBM Cloud in Europe.

Privacy Policy
We have updated our privacy policy. In the latest update it explains what cookies are and how we use them on our site. To learn more about cookies and their benefits, please view our privacy policy. Please be aware that parts of this site will not function correctly if you disable cookies. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy unless you have disabled them.