SAP Australia New Zealand announces strong growth in 2009

Retail, Financial Services, Utilities and Public Sector lead investment in information infrastructure

SYDNEY, AustraliaSAP Australia New Zealand (ANZ) has recorded a strong year of revenue growth for the financial year ending 31 December 2009, lead by key industries including Retail, Financial Services, Utilities and Public Sector where investment in infrastructure remained strong.

In 2009, SAP ANZ recorded overall revenue growth year on year of 11.3%, or 10.9% in constant currency. 2009 Software and Software Related Services revenue for ANZ grew at 14.4% on the previous year, 12.4% in constant currency. Business User revenues from the SAP BusinessObjects line-of-business grew a massive 126% over the previous year.

“SAP ANZ was again the most outstanding SAP hub in the world in 2009 – the second year running,” said Tim Ebbeck, President and Managing Director, SAP ANZ.

“Given the global recession, the slowing Australian economy, and with 2008 being our largest year ever, we knew it would require our best efforts to achieve a growth result in 2009. So to record double digit growth in 2009 is simply an extraordinary achievement. In fact, we delivered more revenue in Q4 2009 than we did in the entire year of 2006.”

Mr Ebbeck attributed SAP ANZ’s success in 2009 to three key factors: customers that are driven by forward-thinking, visionary leaders; SAP’s deep vertical industry expertise; and SAP’s Value Engineering capability.

“For many businesses, 2009 was a year of uncertainty, especially the first half of the year. Unlike the last economic slowdown, which was triggered by the dot.com bust, this time IT was seen as a way out of the economic crisis. There remained among many companies – large and small – a desire to lead their businesses and move forward with transformation programmes. Not surprisingly, these companies are market leaders in their industry.

“Our focus on key vertical industries, coupled with deep industry expertise, paid dividends. And we took our Value Lifecycle Management methodology to the next level, not only demonstrating compelling business cases but also providing customers with the skills to realise the value of their enterprise software through our Value Academies. It now has real traction within SAP, among our partners and our customers.

“We also found a very willing market for SAP BusinessObjects products, which showed strong growth in 2009. This was in line with analyst predictions, that companies would be turning to business intelligence and analytics help companies measure, manage and report on what’s going on in the business,” said Mr Ebbeck.

One of the significant Q4 customers included National Australia Bank, who chose SAP to support their Business Operations strategy, selecting the SAP General Ledger, HR and Procurement capabilities of SAP’s business software solutions. National Australia Bank also won the innovation award for the use of BusinessObjects within the Bank to support both the Retail Bank and Corporate Banking information needs.

Another significant Q4 customer agreement was reached with Queensland Rail (QR), covering a core enterprise software system underpinning QR’s business transformation roadmap for the next five years.

The year also saw a number of major SAP project go-lives, among them Queensland Rail, Officeworks, Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited, EnergyAustralia, Queensland Office of State Revenue and Queensland Motorways Ltd.

“Our Services business delivered outstanding results. They work closely with our services partner companies providing their specialist expertise and risk management. They made a significant contribution to SAP as well as the broader SAP ecosystem.”

Mr Ebbeck concluded, “As the economies of Australia and New Zealand start to recover, 2010 is shaping up as a year of excitement and opportunity for Australian and New Zealand business.”

Among some of SAP’s key customer agreements in Q4 2009
Goodman Fielder
Department of Defence
AGL Energy Limited
National Australia Bank Ltd
Newcrest Mining
Transfield Services Ltd
Fortescue Metals Group Ltd
Queensland Rail
Fonterra (New Zealand)
Foodstuffs (New Zealand)

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