- Unilever completed a major “cloud-only” digital transformation in just 18 months, the company announced Monday.
- Using Azure as its primary cloud platform, the global consumer goods company aims to “accelerate product launches, enhance customer service and improve operational efficiency,” the announcement said.
- IT consulting firm Accenture and tech giant Microsoft facilitated the project through Avanade, a joint venture launched in 2000 to focus on digital transformation through cloud, AI, analytics and other enterprise technologies.
As part of the modernization push, Unilever is hoping to gain ground in its battle to control carbon emissions.
The cloud-only approach replaces legacy data-center infrastructure, moving applications, storage and compute to a potentially more efficient as-a-Service model.
Unilever is a founding member of Transform to Net Zero, a cross-sector sustainability alliance formed with Mercedes-Benz AG, Microsoft, Nike, Starbucks and several other companies in 2020.
Accenture and Microsoft announced an expansion in their commitment to carbon-curbing technologies in June. Avanade’s solutions leverage Microsoft’s Cloud for Sustainability and a Green Cloud Advisor feature integrated into Accenture’s myNav cloud management tool.
Microsoft, the second largest cloud service provider with nearly one-quarter of the global market, announced enhancements to Azure's sustainability tools in January.
The slate of Azure features allow organizations to track Scope 3 emissions from indirect sources, including carbon produced by employee commuting and products that decompose in landfills.