F&P Healthcare updates ERP

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare will next year upgrade its ERP system. The company, which last year was spun off from the appliances side of the business, uses a product called NK.

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare will next year upgrade its ERP system.

The company, which last year was spun off from the appliances side of the business, uses a product called NK.

F&P Healthcare group systems manager Angela Whittle says the ERP system, five-year-old software that was owned by Computer Associates but was recently sold to SSA Global Technologies, is used for "everything", including manufacturing, logistics, sales and finance, but not payroll. The company's 8.1 version will be replaced by 8.4.

New upgrade functions centre mainly around better costings and export applications. No extra hardware will be needed for the upgrade.

The appliances division uses JD Edwards software, and runs a separate IT section.

Healthcare's upgrade will cover sites in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Germany and the US. It will take place over the same weekend, otherwise the "replenishment software won't work", says Whittle.

"One person in each country will put in a tape and one person in New Zealand controls the exercise. That is all we need, but I am sure there will be five others standing back and watching," she says.

The work is most likely to take place over the July 4 American Independence Day weekend as that will be a long weekend, and the US is a "critical" site.

F&P Healthcare say the cost of the upgrade is 'not major" as it is covered in a maintenance agreement. It will potentially affect 200 staff, including 150 in Auckland.

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