Zespri confirms it is reviewing its SAP supply chain, financials and other systems, but isn't commenting on recruitment ads it placed seeking JD Edwards staff.
Colin Baskin, the kiwifruit marketer's industry affairs manager, says Zespri is reviewing some systems "and one under consideration is PeopleSoft".
He declined to comment further on the ads, which appeared in January. They called for a project director for a 12-month implementation project and an analyst programmer with a JDE focus.
"It wouldn't be prudent to discuss anything and no conclusion should be reached," says Baskin.
The project director ad noted that Zespri had "made a decision to invest in upgrading its IT systems [and] this has resulted in the selection of a new ERP solution", while the analyst programmer one stated that "the organisation is about to embark on a significant project to upgrade their ERP information systems platform to OneWorld from JD Edwards".
It also stated that "in addition to JDE-related programming skills, knowledge of SAP's ABAP would be advantageous as the legacy systems will need to be maintained while the new systems are implemented".
In November 2002, then-Zespri change and strategy manager Grahame Coles told Computerworld SAP legacy support had been outsourced to IBM because Zespri was looking to replace SAP. He said the SAP system, which went live in 1998, was used for "everything", including financials, supply chain and sales and marketing.
When Zespri transferred its operations from Auckland to Tauranga that year, it originally opted to retain 15 IT staff, including six SAP specialists, in Auckland. Zespri subsequently decided to move the SAP staff to Tauranga, before the decision to outsource SAP support to IBM was made.