Saudi giant opts to switch to SAP

Saudi Arabian business conglomerate Abunayyan Group has implemented an ERP solution from software giant SAP to replace its ageing BPCS system.

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By  Published  January 18, 2007

Saudi Arabian business conglomerate Abunayyan Group has implemented an ERP solution from software giant SAP to replace its ageing BPCS system.

Under the first phase of the US$2.6million project, Abunayyan has implemented SAP's software into three of its companies, with rollout to the rest of the group later this year.

The solution replaces an earlier BPCS ERP (enterprise resource planning) system which the company had been using for the past ten years. Adeel Ashraf, group IT manager at Abunayyan Group, cited "poor local support" for the decision.

"Earlier they [BPCS] had a local partner here but in this part of the world they did not put any proper strategy to keep their product alive so we thought it was time for us to move to [another company]," Ashraf told IT Weekly.

The company looked at applications from both SAP and Oracle, but eventually plumped for SAP's offerings, Ashraf said, because "from a strategic point of view, we felt that Oracle's future was not clear".

"Second, we felt SAP is a much more established product in terms of stability. Oracle has more technical issues and SAP is a much more stable product. The last thing you want during an implementation is technical issues," he said, adding the solution allowed the company to be more efficient in responding to its customers.

"[Abunayyan] wanted to gain a better view across the whole group. The consolidation of the different investments that the Abunayyan family have into one system was part of the driver for them, the fact that the SAP software was flexible enough to use in quite diverse businesses," commented Phil Blower, sales director at SAP Arabia.

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