By Matthew Southwell
A growing number of tier one companies in Saudi are leveraging mature ERP implementations and deploying more advanced applications.
The GCC’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) application market stood at an estimated US$134 million at the end of 2003, according to Madar Research Group. Of this, Saudi Arabia accounted for a massive 60% of the market, racking up investments totalling US$80 million.
Such positive figures suggest the Kingdom’s business software market is booming. Further evidence of this comes from the growing number of tier one companies that are leveraging mature ERP implementations and deploying more advanced applications such as CRM, SCM and enterprise asset management (EAM).
“The first thing people tend to buy is accounting packages and then they move onto production and human resources and then they will come to things like maintenance,” says Jeremy Gurr, Europe, Middle East & Africa export manager at Datastream.
“Many companies in Saudi Arabia now have the maturity that means they are looking at things like EAM. We have 20 clients in Saudi Arabia and a lot of people are interested,” he adds.
Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has deployed Datastream 7i to manage its assets and over 280,000 spare parts more effectively. It also allows the government body to create preventative maintenance plans and accelerate the execution of tasks. In turn, this reduces the manpower needed, which means staff can be redirected to value add projects.
Elsewhere, Al Khorayef Group has turned to Oracle to boost its SCM and project management capabilities. The vendor’s software allows the Saudi firm to aggregate its supply chain with suppliers to meet the specific requirements of each customer more effectively.
“Oracle’s SCM solution is now a key differentiator for Al Khorayef,” says Sheikh Mohamed Al Khorayef. “It provides Al Khorayef with a robust, scalable e-business solution that enables complete supply chain visibility to our customers, partners and our internal operations staff,” he adds.