Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca’s new technology centre in Chennai will begin taking control of its global SAP estate by the end of this month.
It now has around three hundred staff ready to take over its Asia Pacific SAP Enterprise Central Component (ECC) and will have placed around 700 more IT workers to support AstraZeneca’s remaining seven ECCs, alongside its other IT systems, by 2016.
The technology centre will focus on “technical leadership”, supporting and developing a range of applications and services from smartphone applications for sales teams to analytical tools, speeding up clinical trials, to deploying analytical tools for scientists.
The centre, which opened its doors last year, will reduce AstraZeneca’s reliance on service providers – part of a larger cost-cutting plan.
It is bringing its SAP estate in-house to assist with an ongoing consolidation of its many ERPs and “hundreds” of disparate systems, project manager at AstraZeneca, Jonathan Charles, said during a Panaya ERP testing summit in Tower Bridge.
The central SAP team have already put best practice measures in place to avoid duplication across testing for migrations and upgrades, Charles added.
“It’s quick ramp-up. By the end of this year, support for all SAP systems will be done from Chennai in-house. That’s one of the reasons behind the drive to toward standardisation. We can’t have eight ways of doing things in eight different systems.”
As part of this best practice, AstraZeneca has refined its bug-testing processes for upgrades and migrations using a combination of semi-automated testing tool Panaya and SAP solution manager.
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