SAP consulting specialist Oxygen has begun upgrading Toyota Australia’s core SAP systems after winning a competitive tender. The project, which kicked off on April 2, involves a technical upgrade and merge of Toyota’s SAP ERP4.7 and HR ECC5.0 systems to a newly integrated ECC6 platform. The work will also include an upgrade from SAP ESS/MSS Portal to EP7.3 and a migration of SAP GRC5.3 Governance and Risk Management processes to GRC10. Toyota is the biggest automotive company in Australia. It sells more than 180,000 new vehicles per year and commands an 18 percent share of the country’s new-car market. Toyota CIO James Scott says the company selected Oxygen because it offered the best mix of technical expertise and value for money. With SAP maintenance for its existing SAP system due to expire in 2013, Scott says it was vital for the company to move to a fully supported version. “We are tackling the technical upgrade now to reduce risk to the business and also reap the benefit of the progress SAP has made in enhancing its software. We want to move away from our customised transactions and create a fully supported, modern platform that allows us to more easily undertake business improvement initiatives in the future.” Recently appointed Oxygen CEO Stuart Dickinson says his company saw off several larger system integrators to win this work. “Our success is based on the fact we go out of the way to be flexible and attend to the continuous lifecycle management of our customers’ SAP investment.” Oxygen is the region’s largest specialist SAP software and services company.