Cambridge University Press expands SAP business deployment

Cambridge University Press (CUP) is extending its SAP business system with the help of Tech Mahindra.

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Cambridge University Press (CUP) is extending its SAP business system with the help of Tech Mahindra.

Established in 1534 by Henry VIII, CUP has more than 50,000 titles in its back catalogue and produces more than 2,500 titles a year.

However, like many other publishers, it is having to reassess its business model to accommodate a shift from pure print to a combined print and digital future.

The international publisher has been successfully using the finance and procurement system from SAP. CUP is moving from having 10 disparate financial, procure-to-pay systems around the world – based in locations including New York, Japan, Brazil, South Africa Australia, Singapore and Spain – to one single, consolidated SAP platform.

CUP's approach was to go live with SAP's Finance and Controlling (FICO), Materials Management (MM), and Accounts Payable (AP) modules in the UK and US first – which were successfully deployed last year.

Now, the SAP sales and distribution system is to be implemented as part of a three-year project, which will "transform" CUP's back-office systems and customer relations, said the publisher.

Tech Mahindra was chosen to complete the new project.

Mark Maddocks, chief information officer at Cambridge University Press, said: “As we enter a new phase in delivering content to our customers, we need a partner with the depth and breadth of experience in SAP who can deliver.

"We're pleased to partner with Tech Mahindra as we embark on a phase of transformation at CUP.”

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