SAP ANZ exceeds financial targets, confirms business software leadership

SydneySAP Australia and New Zealand has contributed to SAP AG’s global results by producing substantial revenue growth and a significant profit increase.

At the same time, SAP’s global revenue (based on constant currency rates) is up by 6 per cent to 7.4 billion Euros. SAP ANZ’s growth has been driven largely by the expansion of SAP’s user base, with recent Australian licence purchases from new mySAP customers Woolworths Ltd and ATSIC (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Commission). SAP New Zealand has also expanded its user base, with a significant new licence purchase from Fonterra. There were also significant additional licence purchases from existing SAP clients – Dairy Farmers, Colonial First State Property and Water Corporation.

“During 2002, we have seen the ANZ market return to purchasing new ERP systems and enhancing their existing platform with collaborative solutions such as CRM, SCM and portals. This accounts for the retention of our leadership position in ERP and our move to the number one position in Supply Chain Management solutions,” said Geraldine McBride, chief executive officer and managing director of SAP ANZ.

mySAP Business Suite is a family of solutions and services that enable any size company to streamline business processes and improve overall efficiency, through better collaboration. Woolworths Limited, Australia’s largest food retailer, is planning to replace its core financial systems with the mySAP Business suite. Woolworths owns supermarket store brands including Woolworths and Safeway, and other store brands including Big W, Dick Smith Electronics and Tandy.

In Q4 Fonterra, the New Zealand dairy giant went live with an integrated technology system designed to optimise its supply chain. This was the first of a series of phased SAP projects.

Q4 also saw other significant purchases of licences from existing customers including contracts with Colonial First State Property to handle Property Trust Accounting, Real Estate and Business Warehouse; Water Corporation for an upgrade to mySAP Business Suite; and Dairy Farmers for a full mySAP upgrade including APO, EH&S and Payroll.

Geraldine McBride, chief executive officer and managing director of SAP ANZ, said that SAP’s focus on meeting customer needs and delivering competitive new solutions such as CRM, SCM and Portals has been at the heart of the company’s formula for success.

“Despite the economic downturn, we are continuing to deliver strong growth and financial performance because in tough times an investment in SAP has proven to be a strategic decision for companies eager to ensure good corporate governance and control of core business processes such as logistics, CRM and supply chain,” she said.

“These results highlight the company’s leadership position in the software market, from the small to medium business segment right through to large enterprises.

“SAP is committed to providing customers with all the critical features and capabilities necessary to build robust IT solutions that enable organisations to transform their operations to meet business requirements,” she added.

For more information, (press only):

Jennifer Roach, SAP ANZ, +61 (0)2 9935 4845, jennifer.roach@sap.com