Frucor deploys 600-seat desktop management system

Centralised system to speed up delivery and boost efficiency

Beverages group Frucor is implementing an 600-user desktop management system across its Australasian operations to remotely deploy software and patches to users.

Group IS manager Paul Miller says the company is centralising its desktop management to make speed delivery and boost efficiency.

Frucor’s brands include Fresh Up, Mizone, Pepsi, V, H2go and Just Juice. The popular V brand, which was created in New Zealand, is the number one energy drink in Australia and New Zealand.

Miller says the ability to deploy software remotely means users will get immediate access to the latest applications and patches.

“It will ultimately boost productivity, both for technical staff and for users, who will get their requests for additional applications met much more rapidly,” he says.

The Australian desktops will be managed from Frucor’s Sydney branch office, and the New Zealand fleet from the company’s Auckland headquarters.

The system will be designed and implemented by Axon.

“We approached leading software vendors and asked them to tell us why we should use their software and who we should use to implement their software,” Miller says. “We evaluated two software providers for each software product.”

Axon will take the first phase of the project live this month and expand deployment in February.

“We have to limit change in the field from November onward because of the Christmas rush,” Miller says.

Meanwhile, it was reported late last month that Frucor’s owner, French giant Danone, has agreed to sell the company to Japan’s Suntory to reduce debt. The sale is subject to the approval of New Zealand authorities, Danone says.

Frucor’s annual sales are estimated at $468 million.

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