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A jolly good cloud strategy

Nurdianah Md Nur | July 19, 2013
CIO of Jollibee Foods Corporation talks about the company’s strategy of moving its end-to-end process to the cloud. He also provides advice on how to make the cloud work well for other organisations.

Love it or hate it, cloud is here to stay. And it might not be long till most organisations have to migrate (some of) their enterprise apps to the cloud.

At the inaugural AWS (Amazon Web Services) Summit in Singapore yesterday, Amazon's CTO Dr Werner Vogels announced that the company now has hundreds of thousands of customers across 190 countries and from various industries. These customers were using more than 30 services — spanning compute, storage, database and application management — offered by AWS.

One such customer is the Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC). A global Filipino company with over US$2 billion of system-wide sales, JFC owns several restaurants aside from Jollibee which opened its first outlet in Singapore early this year. Other restaurants include Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Burger King and Highlands Coffee. These eateries can be found in the Philippines, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Brunei, UAE and USA.

Journey to the cloud
JFC's move to the cloud might not have happened if it was not for its CIO, Larry C Matias. As Matias saw the benefits that cloud could bring to web-development and e-commerce in his previous company, he introduced cloud computing to JFC when he joined in November 2010.

Larry Matias, CIO at Jollibee Foods Corporation
Larry Matias, CIO at Jollibee Foods Corporation, talking about the company's cloud journey at the inaugural AWS Summit in Singapore.

Caesar Versoza, Information Management head at JFC, was the person responsible for deploying systems to the cloud. Versoza first tried out several cloud providers to familiarise himself with the cloud. After much trial, AWS was decided as JFC's cloud provider as it "provided the stability" that others could not, said Versoza.

Currently, JFC has four mission-critical platforms on AWS. They are:

  • Warehouse management systems (Infor WMS) which manage JFC's distribution centre, the largest computerised and automated warehouse and distribution centre in the Philippines with 24,761 sqm of covered floor area. It went live in the cloud in 2012.
  • Advanced Supply Chain Planning System (Oracle ASCP). The application allows JFC Corporate Supply Chain function to perform simultaneous material and capacity planning across multiple distribution and manufacturing facilities and time horizons in a single planning run. This can all be done while accounting for the latest consensus forecast, sales orders, production status, purchase order and inventory policy recommendations.
  • Supplier relationship management (SAP SRM) which is used to evaluate, enable and engage suppliers more effectively. It provides a user-intuitive shopping cart to capture requests for sourcing and procurement across the organisation, as well as enable a transparent e-bidding.
  • Web delivery systems. Running on open-source platforms, this system manages online ordering for JFC. Over 200,000 web orders are processed daily, contributing to the system's annual growth spurts of 50 to 60 percent. This system was the first system JFC placed in the cloud and went live in mid-2011.   


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