rish conglomerate DCC, which owns Certas Energy, has tracked one billion litres of fuel through its French network since it implemented an IT solution from Implico.

After DCC took over the former Esso service station network in France, Implico migrated the business’s IT and back-office processes to the cloud.

Since then, 400 service stations have been replenished entirely automatically via iGOS (Implico Global Operation Services), which provides everything from forecasting for a reliable re-supply to the complete order-to-cash cycle.

Each day, around five million litres of fuel flow virtually through the downstream cloud. "With this software-as-a-service model, we achieve down-to-earth total cost of ownership, providing a flexible platform for growth," said Peter Quinn, CIO of DCC. "This is a viable concept to win in a tough competitive environment."

Implico bundles cloud services for the downstream industry under the iGOS brand. These data services and software-as-a-service solutions either run in Implico’s own high-performance data centre or are managed by other cloud operators, depending on what the customer requests.

"Today, data has to be accessible at any time, from anywhere, and it must be able to automatically connect with people and systems all over the world," explained Michael Martens, managing partner at Implico.

"Cloud solutions are more future-proof than any in-house solution in the world."

DCC is an international sales, marketing, distribution and business support services group with revenues of £10.6bn. It operates across four divisions: DCC Energy, DCC Technology, DCC Healthcare and DCC Environmental.

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