Hachette UK Selects SAP to Streamline Financial Management Across Group Operations

LONDON, UKHachette UK, the largest book publishing group in the UK, has chosen SAP Business All-in-One solutions to provide a central finance and procurement management system, to support over 1000 users across Hachette UK’s operations. The solution will be implemented by SAP Partner, CIBER UK, a global IT consulting, services and outsourcing provider.

“We looked at a number of potential solutions from major business software providers before short listing SAP and selecting CIBER as the implementation partner for the project”. Said Pierre De Cacqueray, Group Finance Director Hachette UK. “SAP will enable us to streamline our financial management and reporting across the whole group and CIBER came highly recommended as having an excellent understanding of the SAP applications together with an understanding of the demands and challenges of implementing solutions into large and complex publishing groups.”

John Antunes, Director of SME and Channels, SAP UK & Ireland commented, “We are delighted that Hachette UK has chosen to invest in SAP. Together with our partners, we have created industry specific solutions for our SAP Business All-in-One product. Hachette has seen the value that our SAP solution with CIBER can bring to the media and publishing industry and will use this technology to drive their business forward. We wish the customer and the team at CIBER every success with this implementation and look forward to a long and successful relationship together.

Alan Miller, Sales Director, CIBER UK commented, “We are excited about working with Hachette UK to implement their SAP solutions. The inherent functionality of SAP financial management will combine with the powerful integration afforded by the SAP NetWeaver® Process Integration platform to bring together disparate information from divisional production, publishing and royalty systems to provide an excellent solution to unify their financial processing and reporting”.

About Hachette UK
Hachette UK is the largest and one of the most successful and diversified book publishers in the UK. The UK group is made up of several publishing companies and imprints including Hachette Children’s Books, Headline Publishing Group, Hodder & Stoughton, Hodder Education, Little Brown Publishing Group, Octopus Publishing Group and Orion Publishing Group with international companies Hachette Book Group Australia, Hachette New Zealand, Hachette India, Hachette Ireland and Hachette Scotland. Hachette UK is owned by Hachette Livre, the second largest publisher in the world, based in France, and led by Président Directeur Général Arnaud Nourry. Hachette Livre is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lagardère, a leading company on the Paris stock exchange.

CIBER UK is part of CIBER, Inc., a global information technology consulting, services and outsourcing company applying practical innovation through services and solutions that deliver tangible results for both commercial and government clients. Services include application development and management, ERP implementation, change management, project management, systems integration, infrastructure management and end-user computing, as well as strategic business and technology consulting. Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado, CIBER has more than 8,500 employees and subcontractors and operates in 18 countries, serving clients in North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. Annual revenue in 2010 was $1.1 billion. CIBER trades on the New York Stock exchange (NYSE: CBR), and is included in the Russell 2000 Index and the S&P Small Cap 600 Index. For more information, visit www.ciber.com.

About SAP
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organisations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 109,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

For more information:
Carl Adams, Marketing Manager, CIBER UK – Tel: +44 870 0000204 – email: Carl.Adams@ciber.com