By Peter Branton
Nissan Middle East is spearheading a global initiative to roll out SAP’s mySAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite across the Japanese car giant’s subsidiaries.
Nissan Middle East is spearheading a global initiative to roll out SAP’s mySAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite across the Japanese car giant’s subsidiaries. The Middle East project will be the pilot for other subsidiaries worldwide.
SAP’s software is already deployed across Nissan’s operations in Japan and in some other countries. To make it easier to compare reports and data from different parts of the organisation the firm has decided to standardise on SAP software for all its overseas subsidiaries.
As the first such subsidiary to roll out its implementation, Nissan Middle East will act as the ‘blueprint’ for other implementations, according to V.P. Krishnadas, general manager, corporate back office programme director, Nissan Middle East. “As we were the first [subsidiary] to go for this, we will be the pilot,” he told IT Weekly.
Nissan Middle East is expecting to complete its SAP implementation by the end of next month, having begun the implementation in March.
Initially, Nissan Middle East is looking to implement SAP’s financial and reporting modules, Krishnadas said, although it is also considering implementing the SAP human resources (HR) module and its balanced scorecard offering as well. For the financial side, Nissan is implementing accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger and fixed assets management solutions. The reporting module will cover all its financial reporting requirements.
“The most important benefit will be that we are trying to have a common platform globally,” said Krishnadas. “Nissan in Japan wanted all subsidiaries to be speaking the same language, so that reporting would be easier.”
On the recommendation of SAP Arabia, Nissan Middle East has been working with Axon Solutions, which is a specialist SAP consultancy, to implement the system. Axon is working with Nissan Middle East to design the business improvements which the SAP system will deliver and to provide full end-user training.
“It was Axon’s breadth of knowledge and deep understanding of the key businessissues faced by our business that led us to appoint them,” said Krishnadas. “We look forward to a long successful relationship.”
“Axon is delighted to have been chosen by Nissan to implement this core business platform,” said Darren Cherry, business development director at Axon. “Nissan are market leaders and have chosen a solution that will provide a long-term stable infrastructure and enable future growth plans,” he claimed.
Axon has had seven staff working on the implementation since March, with Nissan Middle East also allocating seven staff, three from its IT department and three from its financial department, to the project.
The value of the project is a six-figure US dollar sum, not including licence costs for the software, which are being covered by Nissan’s global licensing deal.