Carlsberg is the Danish market leader of the beverage industry


The situation

Carlsberg Denmark A/S (Carlsberg) is the Danish market leader of the beverage industry. Carlsberg Denmark A/S is also a member of the Carlsberg Group which is a global market leader of the international beverage industry.

Carlsberg required that their two production plants in Fredericia must be merged in order to utilize one of the biggest projects in the company’s history; a 70.000 pallet High Bay Storage Facility.

This required a merger of two Plant entities in the customers’ SAP solution. The merge spanned the whole life-cycle of a production Plant, from the generation of sales forecasts, sales orders, production planning, stock movements, MRP runs, goods production, shipping and invoicing.

Carlsberg required a project manager to drive the project in coordination with their major IT supplier, Carlsberg IT (CIT) and thus facilitate a merger which allowed the business to continue after cut-over without incidents.

Peak Consulting Group provided project management anchored in experienced planning and quality assurance focused on Master Data

Peak Consulting Group (Peak) used the PRINCE2 methodology to drive the project. Together with Carlsberg and CIT Peak identified and aligned the objectives, deliverables, stages and quality policies required to successfully complete the project. The project spanned 6 stages, reaching its zenith with a cut-over weekend where the actual merge was performed. Detailed planning ensured that activities required to complete tasks, often by groups of Business (Carlsberg) and IT (CIT) resources, were performed in time and with a strong focus on ensuring the daily operations of the merged plant.

Peak helped identify the required quality standards for Master Data

Peak helped identify the system areas and business processes affected by the merge, as well as write documentation of changes to ensure quality policies were maintained

Peak designed, documented and lead the test stage with a combination of Carlsberg and CIT resources

Peak provided project management and on-site coordination during the cut-over weekend

During the project issues with the actual test environment delayed the test stage, but due to the strong focus on planning and data quality Peak was able to guide the project through the test stage with a minimum of delay and loss of quality. The project culminated with a cut-over weekend where, due to effective planning and motivated project resources, a 4 hour break caused by a system breakdown did not affect the timeline and the cut-over weekend was completed without major incidents.

The result

Carlsberg now has one plant which maintains production, sales and delivery both beer and soda product portfolios and are now on track for the implementation of their High Bay Storage Facility.

  • Within two weeks, the Project Manager from Peak provided me with a heavily needed overview of the stages of the project, and a realistic plan for involvement of business resources. Peak became a valued partner, in successfully managing the ITvendor, and completing the project, with minimal impact on the business processes.

    Jeppe Heinsen, Interim IT Manager

    Carlsberg Denmark A/S