SAP New Zealand exceeds financial targets, confirms business software leadership

Auckland, New ZealandAs part of SAP Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), SAP 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 significant New Zealand licence purchases by Fonterra, ENZA and Air New Zealand Engineering Services (ANZES). SAP Australia has also expanded its user base, with recent licence purchases from Woolworths Limited and ATSIC (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Commission).

“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. 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.

Further New Zealand Q4 licence purchases came in the form of a strengthening of an existing relationship with Air New Zealand Engineering Services (ANZES). The organisation sees future benefits from implementing BW/SEM, CRM and increasing customer collaboration through the Enterprise Portal.

Q4 also saw SAP NZ’s small and mid-size business (SMB) reseller channel strategy deliver early results. Notably Lighting Direct Limited who recently signed up for the mySAP All-in-One SMB solution through SAP’s ANZ reseller REALTECH.

On the other side of the Tasman, 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 Australia, Q4 also saw other significant purchases of licences from existing customers including Colonial First State, Water Corporation and Dairy Farmers.

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