Colt’s IP VPN provides British American Tobacco (Germany) with reliable access from multiple sites to applications housed at its data centre in Frankfurt am Main and its head office in Hamburg
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Colt’s IP VPN provides British American Tobacco (Germany) with reliable access from multiple sites to applications housed at its data centre in Frankfurt am Main and its head office in Hamburg

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BAT Germany rely on Colt’s IP VPN for permanent, secure connectivity between its head office in Hamburg, its manufacturing facility in Bayreuth, and other sites in Germany; and for access to ...

BAT Germany rely on Colt’s IP VPN for permanent, secure connectivity between its head office in Hamburg, its manufacturing facility in Bayreuth, and other sites in Germany; and for access to centralised systems and data at its third-party data centres in Frankfurt. Colt offers the ability to connect the Vienna-based head office of British American Tobacco (Austria) GmbH over a Colt-owned network link with no need to use a third-party provider.

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Colt’s IP VPN provides British American Tobacco (Germany) with reliable access from multiple sites to applications housed at its data centre in Frankfurt am Main and its head office in Hamburg Colt’s IP VPN provides British American Tobacco (Germany) with reliable access from multiple sites to applications housed at its data centre in Frankfurt am Main and its head office in Hamburg Document Transcript

  • Case study An efficient network provides British American Tobacco (Germany) GmbH with the perfect solution for connecting manufacturing, distribution and administration Customer name British American Tobacco (Germany) GmbH Business Subsidiary of the British American Tobacco Group, the world’s second- largest private tobacco company with a portfolio of over 200 brands and a presence in around 180 markets. Sector Manufacturing Challenge To connect manufacturing, distribution and administration to a centralised SAP solution with a reliable network. To support further centralisation and consolidation of the company’s activities using network connectivity within Germany and between Germany and Austria. Products IP VPN Colt’s IP VPN provides British American Tobacco (Germany) with reliable access from multiple sites to applications housed at its data centre in Frankfurt am Main and its head office in Hamburg. Efficiency, smooth processes and cost control are critical factors for long-term success in the competitive tobacco industry. The London-headquartered British American Tobacco Group’s German subsidiary, British American Tobacco (Germany) GmbH, is managed out of the main German office in Hamburg. The group’s largest manufacturing facility globally is located in Bayreuth, Bavaria, and it’s here that a wide range of cigarette brands including Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and HB are manufactured and packaged for the German and international markets. British American Tobacco Germany aims to optimise efficiency and keep close control over costs in all its activities, from order-processing to manufacturing and distribution. Reliable connectivity between manufacturing, distribution and administration is vital The complex end-to-end process is managed using a SAP solution housed in dual third-party data centres in Frankfurt am Main. For each brand of cigarette, different packs must be produced that meet the specific regulations of the different countries and markets in which they are sold, including the relevant tax stamps that must applied to the packs. The documents relating to distribution and customs, complete with their respective barcodes, are produced, printed and attached to the pallets in the company’s logistics centre. “A completely reliable and flawless network connection between administration (the SAP solution) in our data centres, our manufacturing facility and our logistics centre is essential. Even a one-hour outage could quickly result in a long queue of lorries on the loading ramp, leading to considerable extra costs,” explains Sören Dahl, the company’s IT Services Co-ordinator.
  • ©2013 Colt Technology Services Group Ltd. The Colt name and logos are trade marks. All rights reserved. CCS_2013_09_EN would be our ongoing point of contact.” To meet this requirement, a Colt service manager is based at British American Tobacco’s Hamburg office as part of the contractual service provision. “We’ve always found Colt’s service management function to be very responsive and attentive,” concludes Dahl. Contact details Tel: +49 (0) 69 566 060 E-Mail: info@colt.net Internet: www.colt.net // We needed a partner who spoke our language and understood our requirements, especially the need to ensure the smooth running of our business-critical manufacturing and distribution processes. Colt’s proposal in 2010 won us over in terms of both cost and design. // Sören Dahl IT Service-Coordinator British American Tobacco (Germany) GmbH Colt’s IP VPN is the perfect solution for connecting the various locations with the data centres in Frankfurt and assuring the smooth, synchronised running of manufacturing, distribution and administration. “Colt’s proposal in 2010 won us over in terms of both cost and design,” says Dahl. The Colt network supports a centralisation and consolidation strategy In the context of its consolidation efforts, British American Tobacco (Germany) has outsourced its application servers as far as possible, and its Hamburg head office is now home to a minimum amount of server hardware. The company knows it can rely on Colt’s IP VPN for permanent, secure connectivity between its head office in Hamburg, its manufacturing facility in Bayreuth, and other sites in Germany; and for access to centralised systems and data at its third-party data centres in Frankfurt. A further advantage offered by Colt was the ability to connect the Vienna-based head office of British American Tobacco (Austria) GmbH over a Colt-owned network link with no need to use a third-party provider. A partner who’s on the same wavelength “We needed a partner who spoke our language and understood our requirements, especially the need to ensure the smooth running of our business-critical manufacturing and distribution processes,” says Dahl. “We also wanted to be sure that once the 2010 project was complete, a local Colt service manager working here in Germany