Metro, one of the largest B2B wholesale companies, is migrating its SAP finance systems to the Google Cloud. [shutterstock: 529153360, TAW4]
Metro-nom, Metro’s IT unit, is migrating its SAP central finance systems to Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
Metro is one of the largest B2B wholesale companies, and it’s IT department is operating under the name Metro-nom.
In the past, Metro relied on local finance systems with different applications depending on the respective country. Now, different systems will be consolidated to form one central finance system with the help of GCP and S/4 Hana. Consequently, Metro will have a significant competitive technological edge.
“As one of the first companies in Europe, we are combining all state-of-the-art technologies on one platform. That way, we can handle everything from traditional, rules-based accounting to cognitive tools through one platform. With the decision to migrate SAP Finance Systems to Google Cloud we are significantly accelerating the service for our customers. That is because the Google Cloud, in addition to technical advantages, also offers the possibility to optimise collaboration. Moreover, we can now adapt our system to customer demands in real-time,” says Timo Salzsieder, CIO of Metro.
Simplified invoice processing
One example is that customer invoices are available automatically and in digital form. This is a service for Metro’s wholesale customers that greatly facilitates their invoice processing.
“So far, we have always specifically adapted the financial products that Metro has been offering its customers to the respective country. With the implementation of a central SAP finance system, we no longer need labour-intensive system tests and countryspecific updates. Therefore, this greatly simplifies the extensive coordination of international teams”, explains Axel Koss, Director Financial Management and Administration at Metro-nom, responsible for the migration of the financial systems to the Google Cloud.
“Metro’s goal is to lift the food and hospitality sector to a new level through the unique opportunity of bringing digital technology to every part of the business. We’ve been working with them on a number of fronts to help them get there: infrastructure, networking, security, analytics, and collaboration technologies”, says Sebastien Marotte, Vice President of Google Cloud EMEA.