At the end of June 2015, AuchanSuper took over the operation of two supermarkets in the Hô Chi Minh region of Vietnam, under the Simply Mart brand name. This move was a strategic step forward for the Group as part of its global expansion, initiated in Vietnam in September 2014.
By the end of 2015, three more stores would open their doors in Vietnam. The Group sought to open between 8 and 12 stores in 2016, and as many again in 2017. Right from the start of 2015, AuchanSuper focused all its energy on opening these two stores. On site, there were fifty or so «business specialists», but no CIO Moreover, there were no plans to invest in an internal infrastructure. And yet, the needs were all there: e-mail, payroll, accounting, cash registers and ERP… all these services and software required precise skills in terms of management and operation. Further, the entire IS needed to be up and running for the opening of the stores less than six months later.
Given the context and the country’s scant existing datacenters, AuchanSuper quickly chose to fully outsource to the Cloud. For the Group, this «full Cloud» option was a definite first. It would even arouse the interest of the Auchan Group at large for new prospects. After a consultation, the CFO turned to Linkbynet.
Linkbynet’s position as a French player established in Asia since 2014 facilitated exchange with local teams.
David Oliel, Simply Mart CFO
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