Jan 27, 2016: John Menzies plc, global airline services and major logistics supplier announces ten year strategic partnership with Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS), a leading provider of information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services. The partnership will enable John Menzies to transform its current IT infrastructure by leveraging Sungard AS' best-in-class global data centre, cloud infrastructure and network management capabilities, and its extensive experience in delivering global managed IT solutions.
The first phase of the project has commenced with the successful migration of Menzies' SAP environment recovery services into Sungard AS' main UK data centre. Subsequent phases will include data centre consolidation, enterprise managed services and network managed services – all underpinned by a cloud enablement strategy.
Building on its current IT infrastructure, John Menzies will use the IT environment as a foundation for further investment in innovative IT and business systems to create strategic differentiation and enhanced operational performance and customer experience. This is vital in today's digital age, where customers expect instantaneous services, from flexible and convenient deliveries for online shopping, through to instant updates on travel information.
With daily deliveries to 45 percent of the UK's retailers, customers at 144 airports worldwide, and a business that serves over 300 airlines, John Menzies deals with millions of transactions on a daily basis. Operating out of 31 countries and over 150 locations, it needed a partner that could not only ensure the robustness of its IT estate, but also provide a solid platform to scale up as required.
Steve Rick, senior vice president, John Menzies plc, commented, "This strategic partnership represents a significant step forward for Menzies, and provides a new platform for further development and innovation. The excellent scalability of Sungard AS' IT solutions provides us with a cost effective way to scale up to meet our business demands, and the consultancy we receive provides a high return on investment. We are confident that this joint programme will support our continued focus on improving our customers' experience, and we are delighted to work with a global partner with an excellent track record for IT excellence and strategy."