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Consol Glass signs on T-Systems for five more years


Africa’s largest glass manufacturer, Consol Glass, has extended its contract with data centre and network infrastructure provider T-Systems in South Africa for another five years.

The extension underscores what the two companies say has been a “successful six-year partnership”, which has seen Consol migrating its SAP business application infrastructure to T-Systems’ cloud computing platform in 2011 in a deal worth R25 million.

T-Systems says it has helped standardise, consolidate and virtualise Consol’s server architecture.

Consol also features a “comprehensive” Business Intelligence (BI) system, which includes the deployment of the first SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Accelerated platform with in-memory computing in EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), says T-Systems.

In turn, this system allows for the analysis of business operations based on large volumes of detailed information in real time, say the two companies.

“Making glass products is our core business. Outsourcing all our IT services allows us to focus on making the glass business even better instead of being distracted by IT commodities, operations and support,” says Johan du Plessis, chief information officer of Consol Glass.

Gert Schoonbee, managing director at T-Systems in South Africa, says, “Consol is an early adopter of appropriate technology and together with our leadership position in technology and consistent delivery, made excellent business sense. The relationship is one of a valued partner were both not only benefit but are also willing to go the extra mile for one another.”


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