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SAP live at Yellow Pages Group

SAP live at Yellow Pages Group

The first phase of Yellow Pages Group’s new SAP business platform has gone live on time and on budget.

Yellow Pages Group selected SAP as its business platform after its 2007 sale by Telecom to a private equity consortium. A key driver was that it had to rapidly develop independent processes, including building up a data centre and network, for several business areas that Telecom had previously provided as a shared service. Yellow Pages Group set an aggressive timeline to migrate to SAP systems.

The go live covers Finance, Projects, Fixed Assets, Procurement, Human Resources, Payroll, Portal, BI and XI on a best practice base. The best practise processes that come with the SAP solution enabled Yellow Pages Group to deploy the solution quickly and with relatively few customisations. It went smoothly and has been well received by Yellow Pages users who have described the system as “user friendly” and “easy to use”.

The implementation includes some groundbreaking technology achievements, such as clustering technology for highly available central services and Identity Management for user provisioning.

In February Yellow Pages was first in New Zealand to select SAP Identity Management with SAP NetWeaver to manage user identifications within the company, and is the first installation to go live in New Zealand.
“SAP NetWeaver meets our needs perfectly. Our legacy identity management systems were up to 15 years old and SAP has allowed us to automate many previously manual processes, resulting in savings in time and cost,” says Karl Wright, CIO, Yellow Pages Group.

“It has been a truly ambitious project and one of the more interesting SAP projects that I’ve been involved in,” says Mr Wright.

“On top of managing the separation from Telecom and running the business, Yellow Pages Group had to review, select and implement a solution in under nine months, as well as develop infrastructure and processes from scratch,” says Ian Black, Managing Director, SAP NZ. “It’s an outstanding achievement and a tribute to the commitment of all involved.”

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