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Saudi first to use SAP EC&O solution

Saudi construction company the first enterprise to implement vertical SAP solution in the Kingdom.

Al Osais Contracting, part of Saudi Arabia's diversified business group, Al Osais International Holding Company, is to become the Kingdom's first user of SAP's engineering and construction (EC&O) solution.

The construction company is the first in the group to implement a SAP solution following a decision to select SAP for its enterprise resourse planning (ERP) software solution.

Al Osais said that by implementing SAP's Engineering, Construction and Operations (EC&O) solutions it would realise immediate benefits in the way it controlled projects and integrated with its various customers.

It also said SAP's business map for EC&O was stable - important for a growing group like Al Osais when deciding on new software.

"We are a large group with large customers across the Kingdom, so we must be very organised to stay competitive," said Tareq Al Moraisel, board member of Al Osais International Holding.

"SAP's EC&O solutions will help us significantly improve our ability to control projects and facilitate integration with our customers.

Essam Enany, president, SAP Arabia said that he expected EC&O business to grow when orgnisations heard about the immediate benefits Al Osais Contracting was realising.

Saudi Arabia is already the largest SAP market in the region with a 44% share, according to 2005 figures. Total ERP-type spend in MENA reached $187million in 2005, representing an increase of 16% year-on-year.

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