Wang and Motherwell shuffle due to changing SAP market

Wang and Motherwell Information Systems are shuffling the cards because of the changing SAP implementation market. Motherwell has bought Wang's SAP practice - set up earlier this year - but will join forces with Wang to mount joint SAP implementations, focusing on manufacturing and distribution companies in Australia and New Zealand.

Wang and Motherwell Information Systems are shuffling the cards because of the changing SAP implementation market.

Motherwell has bought Wang's SAP practice — set up earlier this year — but will join forces with Wang to mount joint SAP implementations, focusing on manufacturing and distribution companies in Australia and New Zealand.

The eight-person SAP team at Wang will transfer to Motherwell.

Wang chief executive Doug Wilson says the SAP practice was formed in response to customer demand for rapid implementations, using the ASAP implementation methodology. "Since then the SAP implementation market has changed," he says. "Rapid implementation of SAP is now readily available from a range of implementation partners."

In joint deals, Wang will provide the infrastructure — including system and network design, supply and installation. Motherwell will provide the SAP and third-party implementation and integration services.

Motherwell chief executive John Quirk says Motherwell's strategy is to build a significantly differentiated Australasian SAP practice, specialising in complex implementation and integration for medium to large manufacturing and distribution companies.

Though Wang has done some SAP work with partners, its main success in the enterprise resource planning sector has probably been with PeopleSoft.

It has implemented five PeopleSoft sites: National Insurance, Aon Insurance, Brocker Investments, Blue Star, and for itself. PeopleSoft has 17 sites in New Zealand, and Wang has the lion's share of that business.

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