HP technology to be used in South African ERP project

Black-owned and managed enterprise solutions integration company, Cornastone, has been awarded the tender for the City of Cape Town enterprise resource planning (ERP) technical architecture support center project.

Cornastone, as part of the Accenture Consortium, will reportedly be responsible for running the technical architecture team, which will handle the design and roll-out of hardware and infrastructure for future upgrades. The team will comprise between 10 and 12 technical support staff, and will be based in the Cape Town Unicity.

Cornastone says it will provide comprehensive enterprise architecture skills and support, as well as provide SAP Basis Consulting and Unix skills for the next eighteen months to three years. The awarding of this tender is said to follow the successful roll-out by Cornastone of the entire supporting hardware infrastructure - based around Hewlett-Packard Co. 9000 technology - for the City of Cape Town ERP implementation program, Project Ukuntinga, over the past two years.

Mark Jones, Cornastone Cape Town branch manager, says the technical support center deal is a significant win for the company. "This is an example of true empowerment that acknowledges the investment we have made in our staff, and our commitment to the values represented by the City of Cape Town 'smart city' strategy," he says.

The current SAP hardware infrastructure, supplied and supported by Cornastone, is hosted on an HP Unix platform. "We have been able to complement the world-class skills that are already on board for delivery of the project, and were therefore seen fit to run the technical architecture team and support center," Jones concludes.

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