Wal-Mart plumps for SAP to overhaul financial reporting

Wal-Mart is to move to using financial reporting tools from SAP, after plumping for ERP Financials to enabled a global roll-out to meet its future expansion plans.

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Wal-Mart is to move to using financial reporting tools from SAP, after plumping for ERP Financials to enabled a global roll-out to meet its future expansion plans.

The retail giant, which owns Asda, is planning to implement SAP globally in phases, with the first phase expected to be completed in 2010.

Wal-Mart will replace some legacy systems once the roll-out gets underway, as well as integrating with other reporting tools it is already using internally.

“Technology has played a central role in the growth and success of our business,” said Rollin Ford, Wal-Mart’s chief information officer. “We believe SAP will bring more flexibility and scalability to our growing business.”

Wal-Mart's financial reporting systems operate in a context of the 800 million transactions a day being processed by the retailer. The ERP tool will tap one of the largest data warehouses in the world. The retailer has a Teradata data warehouse, which is interrogated by queries from a range of systems, including Neoview data warehousing hardware and software technology from HP, as revealed recently by Wal-Mart’s CTO Nancy Stewart.


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