South African customers excel at SAP EMEA Quality Awards

JohannesburgSAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced the winners of the 2012 SAP Quality Awards for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) for their successful implementations of SAP technology.

Two South African SAP customers, Standard Bank and Rainbow Chicken, were respectively honoured with gold and silver awards at the SAP Quality Awards. The announcement was made at SAPPHIRE NOW + SAP TechEd, being held as a co-located event, in Madrid, from 13 to 15 November.

In addition to winning gold in the Innovation Category, Standard Bank scooped another gold award for the Large Implementation Category. Rainbow Chicken was also awarded silver in the Innovation Category and gold in the Medium Implementation Category.

SAP presents these Quality Awards annually to recognise customers across the EMEA region that have achieved excellent standards of quality management in their SAP projects, delivering significant benefits to their organisations. As part of the competition, participants from a number of countries across EMEA were shortlisted to present their projects to an external, expert judging panel. Customer projects were judged against adherence to SAP’s ten quality principles demonstration of time to value and a focus of how quality excellence was achieved through the entire implementation cycle.

The winners, announced at a ceremony at SAPPHIRE Now and Tech Ed, are outlined below:

Innovation Category

  • Gold: Standard Bank of South Africa, Africa (supported by SAP and Sybase)
  • Silver: Rainbow Chicken, Africa (supported by SAP)
  • Bronze: Hillarys Blinds, United Kingdom & Ireland (supported by AgilityWorks)

Small Implementation Category

  • Gold: Dobla, The Netherlands (supported by Goldfish ICT Services)
  • Silver: INTERCRUISES, Iberia (supported by Accenture)
  • Bronze: Barclays Bank, United Kingdom & Ireland (supported by Bluefin Solutions)

Medium Implementation Category

  • Gold: Rainbow Chicken, Africa (supported by SAP)
  • Silver: Daimler AG, Germany (supported by SAP)

  • Bronze: JD Wetherspoon, United Kingdom & Ireland (supported by Keytree)

Large Implementation Category

  • Gold: Standard Bank of South Africa, Africa (supported by SAP and Sybase)
  • Silver: National Grid, United Kingdom & Ireland (supported by Wipro)
  • Bronze: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Middle East & North Africa (supported by Wipro)

Each winning organisation shows that the quality processes they put in place during planning and implementation phases were fundamental to their overall success, resulting in significant business transformation.

“The SAP Quality Awards celebrate customer projects that show the highest quality in project management and execution, as well as in the speed of delivering business benefits,” said Pfungwa Serima, CEO of SAP Africa. “These winning stories clearly show that when quality principles are placed at the core of technology implementations, SAP innovation is helping organisations redefine their future.” Serima added: “SAP’s success will always be linked to the success of its customers. The company’s mission remains to make businesses become best-run businesses.”

The SAP Africa market has experienced double-digit growth over the past several years. SAP Africa currently has over 1 260 customers, including some of Africa’s most prominent enterprises, all of whom are effectively running their operations on SAP. In addition, SAP today has more than 11 500 partners worldwide, of which 150 are accredited partners in Africa. SAP brings customers accelerated value from the latest solutions, innovations and technology that best address their unique industry needs.

To learn more about 2012 SAP Quality Awards winners, visit: http://www.sap.com/qualityawards2012.

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