“First UK Implementation of mySAP ERP 2004 Successfully Completed at Railpart UK by Atos Origin”
London, 31st August 2005
Minimum Downtime, Minimum Disruption to Business
Atos Origin, a leading IT services company, today announced that it has completed the first implementation in the UK of mySAP ERP solution from SAP, the world's leading provider business software solutions at Railpart, the leading supplier of replacement components in the UK Traction and Rolling stock aftermarket. The transition to the new platform was managed with the absolute minimum downtime and no unnecessary disruption to business, which is critical for a 24x7 operation.
This successful upgrade, which was designed to enable essential business and system changes throughout the transition, was a result of thorough planning and preparation. Atos Origin conducted a complete review of test scripts to ensure comprehensive and accurate testing of all business processes; proactively managed issues using the SAP issue management mechanism that it has developed and continually monitored for risk to ensure a smooth transition to a new market.
mySAP ERP provides Railpart with NetWeaver, SAP's comprehensive integration and application platform that enables clients to leverage their existing SAP solution and flexibly realize new business opportunities. In addition, the extra functionality that mySAP ERP brings has the potential to add further value in areas such as B2B, RFID and collaboration scenarios.
“We were delighted with the way that Atos Origin helped us through the whole upgrade process from the initial hardware specification to the support over the critical cutover weekend for the software upgrade,” said Mike Boyle, Railpart's IT Director and a member of the Unipart IT Steering Group. “We were particularly pleased with the flexibility they showed, the accessibility to their staff and the wealth of previous experience that they were able to draw upon”.
“Atos Origin is leading provider of IT services to the UK transport industry and the upgrade to mySAP ERP at Railpart, the first implementation of its kind in the UK, demonstrates that we are at the forefront of delivering new technology that helps our customers to better manage their businesses, as well as highlighting our strong SAP capabilities,” said Simon Garner, head of Transport, Atos Origin.
Atos Origin UK recently won SAP UK Partner of the Year for Partner Excellence, an award which recognises customer satisfaction and delivery excellence. The company has over 20 years experience working with SAP solutions and is a SAP Global Services Partner, a SAP Global Hosting Partner, a member of the SAP NetWeaver Partnership Initiative and has managed more than 1500 implementations. The Atos Origin SAP practice has more than 4,000 SAP consultants around the globe and operates SAP Certified Data Centres in all geographical regions.
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About Atos Origin:
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
SAP is the world's leading provider of business software solutions*. Today, more than 26,150 customers in over 120 countries run more than 88,700 installations of SAP® software—from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small and midsize businesses to enterprise-scale suite solutions for global organizations. Powered by the SAP NetWeaver™ platform to drive innovation and enable business change, mySAP™ Business Suite solutions are helping enterprises around the world improve customer relationships, enhance partner collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and business operations. SAP industry solutions support the unique business processes of more than 25 industry segments, including high tech, retail, public sector and financial services. With subsidiaries in more than 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol “SAP.” (Additional information at http://www.sap.com)
(*) SAP defines business software solutions as comprising enterprise resource planning and related software solutions such as supply chain management, customer relationship management, product life-cycle management and supplier relationship management.
Railpart is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Unipart Group of Companies. The company was privatised in March 1997 and is the leading provider of rolling stock products for the aftermarket of the privatised UK rail industry.
From its National Distribution Centre situated in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Railpart performs the role of procuring, storing, distributing and controlling the materials and products vital to the efficient running and maintenance of its customers rails services.
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