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PepsiAmericas Switches to BEA WebLogic from WebSphere to Improved Operational Efficiencies

PepsiAmericas Switches to BEA WebLogic from WebSphere to Improved Operational Efficiencies

(April 30, 2002) - PepsiAmericas, Inc. one of the world's largest beverage bottlers, has standardized on the BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform™ for the company's back-office systems and Web-based application infrastructure. The first of the BEA-powered applications at PepsiAmericas will be designed to handle order management.

PepsiAmericas is migrating its Java-based applications from IBM WebSphere to BEA WebLogic because of changing business requirements, which resulted in a re-evaluation of its software infrastructure. In order to continue its aggressive growth while maintaining a disciplined cost structure, PepsiAmericas - with approximately 15,000 employees across international operations - needed to move its technology infrastructure onto a more flexible and scalable platform capable of efficiently supporting global operations.

PepsiAmericas (PAS) conducted a review of its platform requirements before choosing BEA. BEA was selected because of its ability to meet PAS requirements, including support of industry standards, scalability, total cost of ownership, and integration capabilities.

"BEA is the application infrastructure leader and offers the most mature and battle-tested application server," said Ken Johnsen, chief information officer at PepsiAmericas. "BEA offers a development platform that we can leverage out of the box. Through the use of the BEA WebLogic application server we are better positioned to develop and deploy applications more quickly, resulting in reduced operational expenses."

The integration criterion was particularly important because PepsiAmericas has a large PeopleSoft deployment that handles enterprise applications, including customer relationship management. The new platform would have to integrate tightly with PeopleSoft at multiple points throughout the organization.

"The current environment did not provide us the integration and the resulting cost savings that we needed," Johnsen said. "The deployment of BEA opens up a range of possibilities for the future, especially as it relates to integration with our PeopleSoft environment."

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