SAP ANZ reports full year results for 2006 (New Zealand Version)

SAP ANZ doubles the size of its business in less than four years

AucklandSAP Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) today announced full year financial results for its 2006 fiscal year. The company has doubled in size since 2003, when it established an ambitious plan for revenue and customer growth.

In 2006, SAP ANZ recorded a year on year overall revenue growth rate of 13 per cent, including 17 per cent growth in software licence revenue. SAP New Zealand recorded software revenue increases of 22 per cent in 2006.

Confirming the success of SAP’s strategy to target the small to midsize market segment, another 172 SMEs (small and midsize enterprises) signed on with SAP in 2006, an increase of 25 per cent over the year, taking SAP’s total number of SME customers in Australia and New Zealand to 865. Total revenue from SMEs grew by 22 per cent over the same period.

New midsize enterprise customers signed in New Zealand during 2006 includes retail industry wins with reseller Ciber Novasoft, such as Postie Plus. Other customer wins include Inland Revenue for the KiwiSaver project, dairying cooperative Livestock Improvement, infrastructure company Vector, facilities management company Transfield and the region’s first CRM on Demand sale to Auckland Regional Council.

“SAP powers some of New Zealand’s most successful and well known organisations,” said Ian Black, Managing Director, SAP New Zealand. “And a growing number of small and midsize companies are running their businesses on SAP. We continue to deliver innovation and business process excellence and have expanded our portfolio to include a full range of enterprise integration solutions based on enterprises services oriented architecture.”

“Our future growth will be achieved through an increased focus on the needs of customers. We established the Global SME Division in late 2006 to ensure that we continue to improve our understanding of SMEs and deliver solutions that are tailored to the specific requirements of individual customer regardless of their size, industry or structure.”

“SAP ANZ has achieved fantastic results in 2006, continuing strong year-on-year growth since 2003,” said Geraldine McBride, regional president SAP Asia Pacific. “It’s with a great deal of satisfaction that we achieved the goal we set ourselves nearly four years ago to double the size of our business by the end of 2006.”

“Crucial to this growth was our two-pronged strategy to address the small to midsized market segment, while continuing strong growth in large enterprise through our SAP NetWeaver platform and SAP Business Suite applications.”

SAP recently announced a change of leadership for Australia and New Zealand. On 1 January, Alan Hyde became CEO and managing director for SAP Australia and New Zealand, replacing Geraldine McBride, who will be based in Singapore as regional president for SAP Asia Pacific.