SAP Awards Recognise Alignment of IT and Business Strategy

Fourth Annual Partner-Customer Awards Highlight Best SAP Implementations in Australia

Sydney, AustraliaSAP Australia today announced the winners of its Partner-Customer Awards of Excellence for 2004. The awards, featuring a wide range of businesses, recognise the best mySAP implementations with a focus on the successful alignment of IT and business strategy and the role played by SAP partners.

Among the winners were Woolworths and partner IBM Australia for the Best mySAP ERP Implementation; Capral Aluminium and Supply Chain Consulting for Best mySAP CRM Implementation and Mitsubishi and IBM Australia for Best Industry Solution Implementation. The award for Best SAP Upgrade was jointly awarded to BHP Billiton and CSC and Transfield Services and Supply Chain Consulting. The award for Best SAP NetWeaver Implementation went to Comalco Limited, which partnered with SAP Australia.

Winners were selected by an independent judging panel including Rob Durie, Chief Executive, Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and Peter Hind, Manager, End User Research at IDC. Judging criteria was based on the customers’ effective use of resources, its relationship with the implementation partner and SAP, its ability to understand and adapt to changing market conditions, and the achievement of set business objectives.

“This year’s Partner-Customer Awards of Excellence reflect the changing justification for IT investment that has occurred during the last twelve months,” said Peter Hind, Manager, End User Research, IDC. “Cost cutting continues to be a driver for IT investment but increasingly businesses are looking to IT partners that can deliver business oriented solutions that improve their ability to respond to change.”

“The alignment of business and IT strategies is emerging as the key driver for IT investment and project development,” said Geraldine McBride, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of SAP ANZ. “According to recent SAP research* 61% of senior Australian executives expect IT to become a source of competitive advantage by 2010. Business focused IT investment will be highly dependent on strategic relationships between businesses and their preferred vendor and partners, which highlights the relevance of today’s awards.”

Australia Partner-Customer Award Winners 2004:

Best mySAP ERP Implementation

Woolworths Limited & IBM Australia

Best mySAP Customer Relationship Management Implementation
Capral Aluminium & Supply Chain Consulting

Best mySAP Supply Chain Management Implementation
Dulux Australia (division of Orica Consumer Products) & Consulting Principles

Best Industry Solution Implementation

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited & IBM Australia

Best SAP NetWeaver Implementation
Comalco Limited & SAP Australia

Innovation Award Using Latest Technologies
7-Eleven Stores & IBM Australia

Best SAP Upgrade (joint winners)
BHP Billiton & CSC Australia
Transfield Services & Supply Chain Consulting

Best SAP Customer Support Network Implementation
AWB Limited (no partner)

Best Reduction in Total Cost of Ownership
PaperlinX & SAP Australia

Notes to editors:
* ‘Business 2010 in Australia: Embracing the challenge of change.’ A global Economist Intelligence Unit survey, sponsored by SAP. Results for Australia are based on a wide ranging survey that was conducted of 223 senior Australian executives between November 2004 and January 2005, using both telephone and online surveying techniques.