Reynolds Consumer Products (REYN: Nasdaq), headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, markets products under the Reynolds and Hefty Brands and provides preparation, cooking, cleanup, and storage solutions. Pactiv is a manufacturer and distributor of food packaging and food service products, also based in Lake Forest, Illinois. In January of 2020, Reynolds Consumer Products became a publicly traded company on the Nasdaq. At the time, Reynolds Consumer Products and Pactiv shared the same SAP environments. After the IPO, the decision was made to separate the companies into independent systems with Reynolds opting for a cloud-based solution and Pactiv remaining in the on-premise environment.
A carve-out is one of the most complex tasks for a company. Not only do organizational and procedural changes need to be managed but separating the systems can be challenging. In addition to divesting Reynolds’ systems into a new agile cloud landscape, the company’s objective was to:
- Transform and modernise the SAP estate onto cost-optimized DB platforms, resolving non-Unicode systems
- Access immediate Cloud benefits such as the ability to rightsize and grow on-demand and schedule system updates
- Enhance their speed to innovation, i.e., accessibility to DevOps systems on demand, to further reduce
the system landscape size and increase the ability to run multiple activities without the traditional Basis
and infrastructure cost penalties.
- Deliver near-zero downtime migration acceleration to minimize business risk impact.
Reynolds selected AWS for its reliable and secure global infrastructure and its rapid innovation cycles that outpace other hyperscalers and provide measurable scalability, agility, and integration gains. Lemongrass was chosen due to its reputation in the industry and its singular focus on the complex task of running SAP on AWS. Also a factor was Lemongrass’s cloud management platform, a sophisticated set of purpose-built tools that facilitate moving SAP to the AWS cloud including a full suite of automation tools specifically for migrations.