Homebase completes SAP roll-out

DIY retailer Homebase last week completed a four-year SAP R/3 roll-out that has been plagued by major business upheaval. The IT...

DIY retailer Homebase last week completed a four-year SAP R/3 roll-out that has been plagued by major business upheaval. The IT department is already planning to replace the R/3 system with the web-based MySAP.

During the implementation the company was sold twice and had three separate boards of directors who developed three different business strategies. Other major changes affecting the project included a move from decentralised store-level systems to central replenishment managed using SAP.

"The biggest change was development of customer ordering and a home delivery service," said Darrol Radley, SAP support and development manager at Homebase. This required the roll-out of SAP Enterprise Portal, which was completed last Easter.

With SAP no longer shipping R/3, Homebase is already looking at migration plans. "Our next major milestone is to plan for an upgrade to MySAP. The core R/3 system will need to be upgraded in the next two to five years. We will plan accordingly," Radley said.

David Bradshaw, principal analyst at Ovum, said four years was a long time to complete a SAP roll-out, but he added, "No IT department could anticipate the major business changes seen at Homebase."

Read more on Business applications

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchCIO

SearchSecurity

SearchNetworking

SearchDataCenter

  • How do I size a UPS unit?

    Your data center UPS sizing needs are dependent on a variety of factors. Develop configurations and determine the estimated UPS ...

  • How to enhance FTP server security

    If you still use FTP servers in your organization, use IP address whitelists, login restrictions and data encryption -- and just ...

  • 3 ways to approach cloud bursting

    With different cloud bursting techniques and tools from Amazon, Zerto, VMware and Oracle, admins can bolster cloud connections ...

SearchDataManagement

Close