SAP and Oracle UK wins highlight cloud momentum
Jun 28, 2022
The buyer organisations are very different but recent contract wins by Oracle and SAP both showcase ongoing cloud momentum and organisations’ commitment to move critical functions to the cloud to achieve agility and transformation. In the public sector, the London Borough of Waltham Forest selected Oracle and systems integrator Evosys to supply and implement Oracle Fusion ERP for Finance, Procurement, Human Resources and Business Support functions in a £12m capex transaction, over three years to FY23/24. Within this, Evosys has just been awarded a contract worth c.£2m over two years. The cloud win highlights Oracle's cloud progress . The overall move by Waltham Forest is a significant cloud commitment that also forms part of a change journey that includes the move of staff to the modernised Town Hall, future moves to the New Civic and the Families & Homes Hub, increased agile working and improvements to how the Council operates and interacts with its customers. What is also notable is that Oracle Fusion was selected to replace an existing SAP system that was originally deployed in 2003 and upgraded in 2013. There were performance, usability and flexibility issues and it was also approaching end of life in terms of support but the decision was made to move to Oracle rather than upgrade via Rise with SAP. Oracle is finding success with Fusion ERP within local authorities - one of SAP’s areas of strength - having been selected by several authorities including four other London boroughs. As progresses its own cloud business , SAP secured an important cloud win with Manchester Airports Group (MAG) that will see existing customer MAG use Rise with SAP, with S/4 HANA at the core, running on Amazon Web Services, to transform the digital systems that underpin its operations. With its business halted by COVID-19 travel restrictions in 2020 MAG initially went into survival mode but then as with many organisations chose to use the time to transform its systems to connect disjointed systems, standardize across the business, and make more effective use of the data from its Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports. It is planning a full digital transformation: MAG went live with Rise with SAP in March 2022, marking the start of a five-year transformation. The first phase will shift the existing SAP ECC estate to AWS, while also aiming to maximise use of its current SAP Ariba and SuccessFactors deployments, prior to redesigning financial processes, then carrying out the S/4 HANA update using Rise with SAP. The sequence is designed to reduce the risk of moving critical business systems and underlines the need to work on processes before undertaking technical changes. MAG is one of several UK companies including Unipart, Twinings Ovaltine, Inchcape, EG Group, and Asda, who have adopted Rise with SAP.