blog It’s not often that you see a whole new IT department and associated systems set up from scratch, but that’s kind of what appears to be happening at ice cream giant Peters, which was recently bought by a private equity firm and is currently separating its systems from global food manufacturer and ex-parent Nestle. iTNews reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“The ice cream giant … was given just 12 months to cut its ties with former owner Nestle, including transitioning out from the Swiss giant’s IT and accounting shared services environments. A key project in the transition-out is to stand up a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system”
In one sense this kind of situation would be highly attractive — as an IT manager or CIO, you’d obviously have the chance to escape legacy systems and do away with many of the mistakes of the past, implementing the best available new technology. However, of course, and especially in this case, where there’s a definite corporate cut-off date, it is also quite a daunting prospect; if things go wrong, there’s no legacy to fall back on. And manufacturing and retail ERP systems are notoriously tricky to get right; just look at what happened with Ansell’s new platform over the past several years. The whole thing could be a blessing or a curse. Either way, it sounds like whoever is engaged in this kind of situation would be living in ‘interesting times’.