May 19, 2020

Ocado Group enjoys surge after Kroger deal, boss to pocket £110mn bonus

Digital Transformation
Digital Disruption
technology transformation
Ocado Group
Johan De Mulder
2 min
Ocado Group enjoys surge after Kroger deal, boss to pocket £110mn bonus

Ocado Group's rapid ascent has gathered pace following the news of its technology partnership with Kroger.

As Business Chief reported last week, the British online shopping company agreed a major deal with the US retailer, a union that it expects to 'transform' the retail technology sector through Kroger's adoption of its state-of-the-art platform and warehouse solutions.

In the wake of the partnership being announced, Ocado's share price rose by an astonishing 44% and its enterprise value to sales ratio matched that of the likes of Amazon, Tesco and Sainsbury's, demonstrating the latest step in its business growth.

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The Daily Telegraph is also reporting that Tim Steiner, Ocado's co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, is set to net a £110mn bonus following the share surge, with £32mn worth of stock options being offered to him next month and then the remaining sum given as part of a decade-long golden handcuffs deal early next year.

"Ocado's unique, proprietary and industry-leading technology is set to transform the shopping experience of consumers around the world," he said recently. "Our success as a retailer shows that we can offer customers unrivalled choice, quality and convenience, efficiently and profitably."

Earlier this month, Business Chief covered the news that Ocado had signed a deal with ICA Group to provide the Swedish retailer with its cutting-edge ecommerce solution.

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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