United Group begins ERP rollout across five countries

CIO leverages inhouse skills base

Construction and engineering services company, United Group Limited, is rolling out SAP's ERP business suite across its infrastructure, rail and resources division.

The goal is to drive operational efficiencies across three divisions of the engineering firm with an integrated and standardised software platform.

Unifed Group CIO, Liz Latham, said SAP is already in use in part of the organization.

"We inherited a highly successful SAP implementation as a result of the United Group's acquisition of the Alstom transport business in 2005," Latham said.

"We now want to extend the benefits to the other two divisions and replace the point solutions that we currently have in place.

"A consolidated platform will enable us to operate more cohesively by providing better insights across the three divisions."

SAP will provide United Group with core business functionality relating to financials, asset management and project management.

Latham said SAP was selected on the basis of its tight fit with business requirements, the existing SAP skills base within the organisation and the potential for future innovation.

She sasid the multi-million dollar project will be rolled out across the company's operations in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand.

The project, which is currently in scoping stages, will increase the number of SAP users from around 250 today to more than 1000 within eighteen months.

Latham said An in-house team will manage the implementation.

Headquartered in Sydney, United Group is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange under code UGL. The company has a market capitalisation of over $1.5 billion and annual revenue approaching $3 billion.

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