Director exit won't sap CCA project

Director exit won't sap CCA project

Summary: Coca-Cola Amatil's $65 million SAP project was on track, the company maintained this week, despite the impending departure of project director and former Accenture partner Bryce Thompson.

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Coca-Cola Amatil's $65 million SAP project was on track, the company maintained this week, despite the impending departure of project director and former Accenture partner Bryce Thompson.

The timeliness are aggressive, but we remain on schedule and on budget with great support from the business.

CCA CIO Barry Simpson

Phase two of the initiative, known internally as OAisys, "remains on schedule for this year", CCA CIO Barry Simpson told ZDNet.com.au by email today. "The timeliness are aggressive," he said, "but we remain on schedule and on budget with great support from the business."

While the project was on time and within budget, CCA will soon lose Thompson, a key figure behind the project. "Bryce Thompson is leaving CCA on March 31 at the completion of a four-year project he was assigned to. The assignment was completed," a spokesperson for the company said.

The spokesperson would not confirm whether Thompson would be replaced, but said that Simpson was the overall program director.

Phase two or "OR/2" of the program will be spearheaded in 2009 by work to CCA's supply chain systems. The SAP system will eventually be the heart of the beverage maker's demand planning efforts.

"Design has been completed and system build and testing has commenced this week. We will implement National Demand Planning in SAP and our first major manufacturing location in the beginning of Q3," said Simpson.

By the end of the year the new SAP supply chain system will cover over 30 locations.

CCA reported in February this year at its full year earnings that it had spent $20 million on OR/1 of OAisys last year for its Australian and New Zealand operations. Work completed covered financials, back-office and equipment-service systems, which were operating on the new SAP platform, CCA reported at the time.

We will also migrate our group financial consolidations over to SAP this year

CCA CIO Barry Simpson

"This [supply chain] release builds on the work we did last year implementing procurement and equipment service," explained Simpson.

OAisys is a key component of CCA's wider infrastructure capital investment program, Project Zero, which includes the development of a $44 million automated warehousing system at Northmead and Eastern Creek, with the latter due for completion by April this year.

Simpson's team will also build upon SAP human resources and financials deployments implemented under OR/1. It had implemented SAP financial accounting modules and accounts payable across the business, said Simpson, and will this year round out its Australian SAP financials platform with the accounts receivable/credit module in the third quarter of 2009.

"We will also migrate our group financial consolidations over to SAP this year," he said, referring to CCA's wider operations across the Asia Pacific.

"Building on the implementation of HR last year we have successfully implemented the payroll module of SAP for fortnightly pays. The implementation will continue across the remaining payrolls completing in the first half," Simpson added.

Topics: SAP, Banking, CXO, IT Employment

Liam Tung

About Liam Tung

Liam Tung is an Australian business technology journalist living a few too many Swedish miles north of Stockholm for his liking. He gained a bachelors degree in economics and arts (cultural studies) at Sydney's Macquarie University, but hacked (without Norse or malicious code for that matter) his way into a career as an enterprise tech, security and telecommunications journalist with ZDNet Australia. These days Liam is a full time freelance technology journalist who writes for several publications.

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