PepsiAmericas, Inc. is the number-two anchor bottler in the Pepsi system, with operations in 18 states as well as numerous locations overseas. The new PepsiAmericas was formed in early 2001 when Whitman Corporation, the holding company for Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers, acquired the former PepsiAmericas and then took on its name, creating an industry powerhouse with revenues of more than $3 billion. The former PepsiAmericas was the third-largest anchor bottler in the PepsiCo system, formed in 1999 through a roll-up of Dakota Beverage Company, Delta Beverage Group and Pepsi-Cola Puerto Rico Bottling Company.

The result of this extensive M&A activity was not only the creation of a formidable market force, but also a company with a large number of disparate enterprise computer systems that made business consolidation extremely difficult. While Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers used PeopleSoft as their back office solution for accounts receivable and accounts payable, etc., it used a homegrown mainframe solution for storing master customer files. In addition, while the former PepsiAmericas had also standardized on PeopleSoft, it was still consolidating systems from its 1999 roll-up, the Dakota territories were running homegrown IBM AS/400 applications and the Delta territories ran the Descartes logistics management system. The task facing PepsiAmericas' IT organization to bring together all of this crucial disparate data was enormous.

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