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Getronics completes lightning fast SAP swap

Getronics completes lightning fast SAP swap

Entire SAP ERP system changed in just 13 weeks, the UXC subsidiary says

IT services company, Getronics, has finalised a total swap of its back-end IT systems in just 13 weeks.

The company was bought by ASX-listed IT services firm, UXC (ASX:UXC), in March 2008 and given six months to change its ERP systems or face major financial penalties.

“All of our IT networking applications were provided by the parent company out of Amsterdam,” UXC Getronics Australia finance director, Paul Crilly, said. “We had to build the IT infrastructure first and then we brought SAP on-board.

“We certainly had a lot of concerns about being able to implement the solutions until we learned about the Business All-in-One.”

With the help of SAP and specialty integrator and fellow UXC company, Oxygen, Getronics was able to design and implements a Fast Start SAP Business All-in-One solution within the limited timeframe.

“There were certainly a few bells and whistles that we used to have that we’ve lost and we were quite concerned about that,” Crilly said. “But we’ve been pleasantly surprised by how smoothly we’ve been able to continue without those additional little bits of functionality on reports.

“We have been able to do a lot of fine-tuning since the go-live and we’ve covered quite a few of those gaps.”

While he acknowledged the relatively high cost of SAP solutions, Crilly was happy the change happened on time and on budget.

“SAP is not the cheapest ERP solution in the world. But we probably implemented it here at a fairly low cost, significantly under $1 million including the licences and the implementation cost from Oxygen,” he said.


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