Pepsi signs Cisco videoconferencing deal

PepsiCo has signed a deal for BT to implement Cisco videoconferencing in all its large offices around the world.

The beverage maker wants to use the Cisco Telepresence system to cut costs and improve contact within the company, as well as with its retailers and distributors.

The main UK site to deploy the technology will be Pepsi’s UK headquarters in Berkshire, and other sites around the world to use it include Geneva, Hong Kong, Dubai, Chicago, Sao Paulo, Barcelona and Lima.

Apart from Pepsi itself, PepsiCo makes Tropicana drinks, Copella apple juice and Quaker oats.

Robert Dixon, chief information officer at PepsiCo, said the deal will “reinvent the way we work”. He added: "Global virtual meeting collaboration will enable us to travel less, which will allow for greater productivity and a smaller environmental footprint.”

In other technology, Pepsi uses SAP enterprise resource planning software, which it implemented in 2004. It also develops custom applications on the SAP NetWeaver platform.

Pepsi rival, Coca Cola, also runs SAP ERP and Netweaver.

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