Since its inception, the group has continued expanding its product portfolio not only through innovation and external growth, but also by taking a premium product curve which has resulted in a higher-level range of products.
Today, their strategy focuses on 14 premium brands, the “Top 14” which represent nearly 80% of the group’s total turnover. Among these products, one finds Chivas whiskies, Ballantine’s, Jameson, Absolut vodka, Martell cognac, Beefeater gin, Havana Club rum, Ricard pastis, Mumm and Perrier-Jouet champagnes. With 90 subsidiaries and 100 production sites in 80 countries, the Pernod Ricard Group has more than 18 000 employees and revenues of more than 8 billion Euros.
In 1992, the Martell IT team first used Uniface to develop Spirit/1, software intended for the treatment of cognacs, i.e. distillation, maturation and blending. After the Pernod Ricard takeover, the application was gradually deployed on other sites: Scotland (Chivas), Ireland (Irish Distillers), and Armenia (Yerevan Brandy) for whisky and brandy production management. Over the years, Spirit/1 has evolved with technological advances and the company’s business needs. Twenty-three years after its first release, the application is still used and, volume-wise, covers nearly one-third of the group’s activity.
In 2012 and following increased business process digitalization, the group’s IT systems director developed an additional mobile device module designed to optimize management of the cellars used for storing brandy maturation casks for their subsidiary Martell. “This module for mobile devices allows cellar employees to manage and inventory all barrel movement by scanning their barcodes,” says Jean-Jacques Delavaud, Head of competency center SFDC-Spirit/1 at Pernod Ricard. “The mobile device recorded data are then synchronized with our core database, then processed in Spirit/1.”
The primary strength of Uniface.
The cellars are considered as having an “explosive atmosphere” (ATEX regulations) and may not be equipped with either Internet or Wi-Fi. It is, therefore, essential that the mobile devices work offline on an embedded database and then synchronize that database afterwards with the central system.
Equipped with Uniface for more than twenty years, Pernod Ricard possesses all necessary internal skills to manage its developments. As trusted partners, the Uniface teams continue to help the group meet its needs when business or technical issues require their intervention. “Implementing the offline scans, for example, required a very sharp and pointed expertise for which we preferred to turn to Uniface,” explains JeanJacques Delavaud.
“The primary strength of Uniface, and what has continually renewed our confidence in them for over twenty years, is their capacity for RAD (Rapid Application Development).“
Jean-Jacques Delavaud, Lead Developer, Pernod Ricard
The Pernod Ricard teams made a prototype in order to validate the proper functioning of the application and ensured proper database synchronization before migrating the SQLite module to Martell. In parallel, initial add-on programs have been modified and adapted to the Chivas processes and ready for deployment to the Scottish sites. The mobile device application is fully operational for Martell and Chivas. That represents approximately 6.2 million barrels,” announces Jean-Jacques Delavaud.