Jade chief funds SAP study

Aoraki's Gil Simpson is so disappointed by Christchurch City Council's decision to replace its core systems with SAP that he has funded a study by the University of Canterbury to track the project over its life and measure exactly what is delivered. The council said it was simply a case of Jade being more expensive but Simpson says Aoraki responded with a 100% fit to the request for proposal - against SAP's packaged solution which will grow in cost as it is customised.

Aoraki's Gil Simpson is so disappointed by Christchurch City Council's decision to replace its core systems with SAP that he has funded a study by the University of Canterbury to track the project over its life and measure exactly what is delivered.

The council said it was simply a case of Jade being more expensive but Simpson says Aoraki responded with a 100% fit to the request for proposal where-as packaged ERP solutions such as SAP have to be customised and grow in cost as the project continues.

In July 2001, he'll know exactly what SAP will have cost the Christchurch council. The study is under wraps till the project ends in July 2001. Not even Simpson will be privy to progressive results.

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