Consumer goods manufacturer Procter & Gamble has signed a multiyear agreement for HP Enterprise Services to help provide an “Always On” operating environment that enables P&G to keep products moving on time, from production to shoppers’ carts in retail stores.

Under terms of the agreement, HP will be accountable for the comprehensive systems reliability of critical P&G processes such as manufacturing, procure-to-pay, order-to-cash, physical distribution and financial close.

The transformation to “Always On” will include consolidating some of P&G’s core technology infrastructure from a private model into a hybrid cloud environment using HP Enterprise Cloud Services and adding redundant security measures and processes. HP will leverage its HP 3PAR Storage, HP Networking, HP VMware Virtualization software and HP TippingPoint for a converged infrastructure that will lay the foundation for a move to cloud computing.

In addition, HP will lead P&G’s Information Technology Operations Integration Service to drive transparency and consistency across P&G and its technology partners by providing standard tools, processes and an integrated dashboard. The new model will allow P&G to easily connect vendors and create a flexible environment that reduces overall cost and improves quality for P&G.

“‘Always On’ isn’t just a concept; it’s a critical business driver for us,” Filippo Passerini, group president, Global Business Services and CIO at P&G, said in a statement.

HP has supported Procter & Gamble’s infrastructure and applications environments, as well as some business processes, for more than eight years.



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