The South African operation of T-Systems has won a five-year, R66-million deal to deliver an SAP solution to Japanese construction and mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu.
The software solution is to provide new business functionality to Komatsu throughout its footprint in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.
T-Systems CEO, Mardia van der Walt-Korsten says that this project is a vital step in the process of her company staking an even larger claim on the industrial machinery and components vertical.
"This sector is an attractive one because it is comprises organizations that supply equipment to the vast majority of resource and construction-driven entities in Africa," she says.
"With the resource and construction-based verticals predicted to grow phenomenally over the coming years, we have a vital opportunity to prove T-Systems is capable of building solutions of this scale and nature, that it has the economies of scale to deliver good value to customers in this market and that ultimately we are leaders in this industry."
The project will see Komatsu's aging 'Option 3' business system being replaced with a SAP Best Practise ERP and CRM solution that's hosted off-site at T-Systems' datacentre in Midrand, Johannesburg. The SAP solution can be extended to support additional users, functionality and regional locations, as and when required.
Mike Blom, MD of Komatsu SA, says the new hosted-SAP solution forms a vital part of his company's aim to transform all of its business processes and activities so that significantly higher levels of efficiency and business process effectiveness are placed within in reach. It will further enhance the exchange of valuable data and information with its parent company in Japan.
"We are looking forward to the speedier business response time, elimination of duplication, unification of data, improved control and surveillance of processes plus activities the system will afford us," he adds.
The solution will be hosted in T-Systems data centre facility.