Supervalu replaces mainframe technology
Written by Anthony Strzalek
US grocery retailer Supervalu has selected IT services outfit Sungard AS to replace its mainframe technology infrastructure.
Supervalu will upgrade its legacy mainframe IT environment as part of a transformation programme aimed at reducing costs, improving flexibility, and supporting the retailer’s strengths as a service provider to its network of more than 2,000 grocery stores.
Supervalu’s new mainframe technology platform will offer cloud, back-up, and other solutions and services to improve operations across the independent retailers it supports.
The agreement upgrades the technology available without requiring an upfront investment, and it also offers the grocery retailer an opportunity to move many of its workloads into a secure, highly-scalable cloud platform.
Chad Mead, chief technology officer at Supervalu, said: “We plan to strengthen operations across our enterprise and add shareholder value by transforming our approach to technology.
“Technology has become an essential factor in competing in this market, and our planning with Sungard AS suggests that we can build a more flexible and responsive mainframe infrastructure that drives growth. We were impressed by the track-record, creativity, and commitment Sungard AS demonstrated during our discussions.”
Alfred Binford, executive vice president of global sales and solutions at Sungard AS, added: “Supervalu recognised that it needed to get out of the business of running data centers so that it could concentrate on building out its new business strategy. We are delighted that Supervalu has chosen us as the service provider underpinning its shift in transforming its business.”