United Group in major SAP ERP rollout

The company, which is headquartered in Sydney, has a large New Zealand division

Construction and engineering services company United Group is rolling out SAP’s ERP business suite across its infrastructure, rail and resources divisions.

The aim is to drive operational efficiencies across the three divisions by establishing an integrated and standardised software platform. The company, which is headquartered in Sydney, has a large New Zealand division, with 26 local operational facilities and over 1,000 staff, having operated in NZ since 1946. It operates in the infrastructure, rail, property and resources services sectors.

Group CIO Liz Latham says SAP is already in use in part of the organisation.

“We inherited a highly successful SAP implementation as a result of the United Group’s acquisition of the Alstom transport business in 2005,” Latham says.

“We now want to extend the benefits to the other two divisions and replace the point solutions that we currently have in place.

“A consolidated platform will enable us to operate more cohesively, by providing better insights across the three divisions.”

SAP will provide United Group with core business functionality relating to financials, asset management and project management.

Latham says SAP was selected on the basis of its tight fit with business requirements, the existing SAP skills base within the organisation and the potential for future innovation.

She says the multi-million dollar project will be rolled out across the company’s operations in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as New Zealand.

The project, which is currently at the scoping stage, will increase the number of SAP users from around 250 today to more than 1,000 within 18 months.

Latham says an in-house team will manage the implementation.

United Group is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and has a market capitalisation of over A$1.5 billion (NZ$1.7 billion) and annual revenues approaching A$3 billion.

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