Etihad selects SAP as strategic technology partner

Airline to use enterprise resource planning application for business transformation

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Etihad selects SAP as strategic technology partner The airline plans to deploy the enterprise resource planning application SAP ERP together with a range of cloud-based products across its vital business functions.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  October 24, 2014

Etihad Airways has today announced the selection of SAP as a strategic technology partner to deploy a range of key software solutions to deliver the latest technology to the Etihad Aviation Group.

The airline plans to deploy the enterprise resource planning application SAP ERP together with a range of cloud-based products across its vital business functions, including human resources, finance, procurement and supply management and business intelligence.

"SAP is proud to support a world-class operation like Etihad Airways," said Bill McDermott, CEO and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. "Few industries deal with as much sophistication and complexity as the airline industry. By selecting SAP, Etihad Airways will be able to simplify its core business processes and increase efficiency, flexibility and effectiveness across the organisation with a focus on the customer. James Hogan and the Etihad Airways management team have a bold vision for aviation and innovation. This partnership with SAP demonstrates a commitment to innovation in technology. SAP is honored to be recognised as a strategic technology partner."

At a signing ceremony in New York, president and chief executive Officer, Etihad Airways, James Hogan, and McDermott, said that the partnership was key to helping Etihad Airways sustain and support its growth, while further modernising and scaling up the airline's business functions.

Hogan said Etihad Airways had experienced strong and sustained growth in its 11 year history. "This strategic partnership with SAP means we can implement the best business technology to grow with confidence and continue to provide outstanding service to our customers. This is about preparing our business for tomorrow," he said.

Etihad Airways will deploy cloud solutions for some of its key business solutions, including talent management solutions from SuccessFactors, an SAP company, procurement and business-to-business collaboration from Ariba, an SAP company, and the SAP HANA platform for real-time business databases and applications.

"As part of this commitment to technology innovation Etihad Airways is establishing technology centres of excellence in the UAE, Europe and India, bringing world-class solutions and services to the Etihad Aviation Group," Hogan added.

"Today's announcement shows SAP's commitment to Etihad Airways and the UAE in our shared goal of connecting east and west via Abu Dhabi's rapidly growing aviation hub," said McDermott.

"We continue to invest in Abu Dhabi's future and will leverage our training and development institute by building Emirati talent and skills to further support Abu Dhabi and its strategic growth."

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