Metalco is a large Australian mining company. It has a rocky history in terms of the effective use of information systems (IS), and there is widespread dissatisfaction with IS and the IS department in the company. The recent resignation of the Chief Information Officer of the decentralization of the IS function in order to move closer to the departments. At the same time, one of the department has suggested that the company will buy the SAP enterprise system to replace an earlier … Read more »

Metalco is a large Australian mining company. It has a rocky history in terms of the effective use of information systems (IS), and there is widespread dissatisfaction with IS and the IS department in the company. The recent resignation of the Chief Information Officer of the decentralization of the IS function in order to move closer to the departments. At the same time, one of the department has suggested that the company will buy the SAP enterprise system to replace an earlier internal system that was poorly received. The price tag for SAP is very high, $ 23 million. Its implementation would also significant changes in business processes. In terms of its history, recent decentralization, and the high price tag is SAP, the company is deciding whether to forward facing with SAP. An appendix in the case provides extensive information will be used to evaluate SAP and the results of the procedure.
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Sid L. Huff,
Elspeth Murray
Source: Ivey Publishing
20 pages.
Publication Date: Apr 14, 1997. Prod #: 98E012-PDF-ENG
Metalco: SAP proposal HBR case solution

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