Discount grocer Lidl has commended Software AG for the role it has played in the company's IT systems transformation strategy.

The retailer is part-way through introducing SAP's Hana-powered enterprise resource planning (ERP) system across its European organisation, having started the process in its Austrian business last summer. Lidl said Software AG's 'WebMethods' integration platform has been used to aid the transfer of legacy data to the SAP tool, with over 30 systems now connected via this method.

It is hoped that by working with SAP, Lidl will be able to develop a single view of its inventory across its entire estate.

Lidl operates around 10,000 stores in 29 countries, which all send their data to a central data warehouse located in Neckarsulm, Germany. Historically, the information from individual territories and properties has been somewhat siloed, but a centralised platform has now been created to join up the IT department, local warehouses and stores.

Alexander Sonnenmoser, divisional board member for business technology at Lidl, commented: "A modern and flexible global systems and application landscape is becoming an ever greater key success factor in business today.

"This new solution provides the technical framework to drive Lidl's IT landscape transformation. Our IT specialists and consultants support and advise Lidl in global innovative projects. Thanks to their high level of dedication and technical expertise, they are playing a key role in the implementation of a future-proof IT strategy."

Lidl has recently stepped up its plans for eCommerce in Europe by launching transactional websites for primarily non-food products in Belgium and the Netherlands. They are the first two Lidl territories outside its home German market to offer an eCommerce service.

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