Morrisons automates its vertically-integrated operations with Automic solution

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Morrisons has selected automation capabilities from Automic to run and build its vertically-integrated operation, including manufacturing and retail businesses.

Morrisons operates a different business model to other supermarkets, by manufacturing, sorting, grading and packing its own produce. Morrisons’ approach to its operations means agile IT is a crucial requirement, with multiple systems being responsible for keeping distinct parts of the supply chain connected. Automic said its automation capabilities allow Morrisons to connect disparate systems from legacy mainframes to newly-implemented Oracle Retail systems – in a cost-effective way that brings coherence to otherwise disconnected processes.

Tony Stephenson, IT operations manager, Morrisons, said: “Morrisons is in a unique position, in the way it serves its customers by handling all aspects of the supply chain. The amount of applications required to operate this successfully, coupled with the testing and rollout of processes, means that automation is a crucial cog in Morrisons’ success. Manual execution of these processes wouldn’t allow us to run, build and transform the businesses in the same way that automation does.”

With in-store sales data used for replenishment and manufacturing processes, Morrisons said it requires speed and close monitoring of its activity to ensure the smooth running of the business. Automic helps to ensure end-to-end visibility of workflows, allowing the IT department clear status of the supply chain, the company claims.

“Automic enables us to scale-up and quickly implement processes that are essential to our business. The speed of deployment was very straightforward and effective, and was easily integrated into our Oracle Retail system with minimal maintenance,” said Stephenson.

Automic revealed as new brand

The agreement with Morrisons coincides with the news Automic has been unveiled as the new brand identity for UC4 Software.

Today’s businesses are under pressure to perform tasks faster and more cost effectively than ever before. For organisations built on legacy systems, performing even simple tasks can be complex and reliant on multiple manual systems that make it hard to find the time to innovate.

“IDC’s research consistently identifies automation as a top priority for businesses that are trying to streamline complex business processes and make more efficient use of their IT staff and infrastructure,” said Mary Johnston Turner, IDC research vice president for enterprise systems management software. “Introduction of the Automic brand is a strategic move to better communicate the breadth and depth of the company’s evolved business automation strategy solution and its ability to address complex automation requirements across business process, applications, and infrastructure.”

Automic claims it frees up business leaders to deliver the services and products of the future by automating day-to-day tasks and eliminating errors, ensuring compliance, reducing costs and maintaining services at all times. It enables companies to focus on innovation and customer service. Automic’s solutions have been implemented by more than 2,500 enterprises globally, including leading retail, telecoms and financial services firms.

Craig Beddis, chief marketing officer, Automic, said: “Industry leaders are looking to take greater control of their businesses and bring to market leading propositions that keep their customers happy. It’s all about being agile and flexible in this changing digital world. However, most companies are still consumed by the day to day tasks of keeping the lights on to fully optimise the next generation of innovation.”

“We are proud to be assisting Morrisons in the delivery of its unique vertical proposition. Automic has been enabling companies to not sweat the small stuff for over 25 years and we are committed to bringing innovation back to the enterprise heartland – Automic makes this possible.”