EDS mum on SAP help

EDS New Zealand managing director Rick Ellis won't comment on whether he believes a new partnership between EDS and SAP in New Zealand will help EDS in its bid for Fonterra's outsourcing contract.

EDS New Zealand managing director Rick Ellis won’t comment on whether he believes a new partnership between EDS and SAP in New Zealand will help EDS in its bid for Fonterra’s outsourcing contract.

Fonterra chose SAP as its financials package last month, replacing Oracle.

With formal SAP partner status EDS would seem to be a stronger contender for the outsourcing contract, now down to a shortlist of EDS and HP/Unisys, but Ellis won’t talk about the Fonterra bid.

“There are various confidentialities in place between the parties and I’m not in a position to comment.”

SAP and HP have a global alliance, of which New Zealand is part.

EDS has been working towards becoming an SAP partner in New Zealand for some time, he says. “We’ve been in a dialogue with SAP for some months.”

Ellis says when he took over as EDS New Zealand managing director last year, “I was surprised we didn’t have a partnership with SAP”.

He believes the SAP certification will strengthen EDS’s hand in a number of sectors in New Zealand, including local government.

“We believe the combination of our SAP expertise and infrastructure capability will open up opportunities for us.”

Globally, EDS is a “huge user” of SAP, he says.

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