23 October, 2013
Successful South African gaming and leisure brand Sun International selects IFS Applications 8
IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that Sun International, one of Africa’s leading gaming and leisure brands which is focused on the development, management and operation of casinos, hotels and resorts in South Africa, other parts of Africa as well as in Latin America, has chosen IFS Applications 8™ as its central enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. The solution will be used by more than 10,000 Sun International employees, in 22 properties and will support business-critical processes such as finance, HR, payroll, supply chain, facilities and project management. The contract includes licenses and implementation services worth approximately US$ 5.5 million.
Sun International operates 29 casinos, resorts and luxury hotels across eight countries globally, making it one of the leading and world class brands in the gaming and hospitality industry. Every day, over 50,000 customers from over 50 countries visit Sun International properties. To support and streamline its multi-faceted and geographically dispersed operations, Sun International decided to replace its existing back office systems, which consist of numerous instances of multiple applications, with a centralized, single instance and fully integrated ERP solution.
After a rigorous due diligence and evaluation process involving customer site visits and detailed proof-of-concepts, Sun International chose IFS Applications 8 over competing midmarket ERP solutions amongst SAP, Microsoft and Oracle. The IFS solution, which will be deployed in over 22 properties in 8 countries (i.e. South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Nigeria and Chile), will offer integrated business support, including fully-localized HR and payroll, financials, supply chain, facilities and project management as well as advanced business intelligence and reporting.
“The implementation of the ERP is a strategic initiative which aims to manage business costs through the automation of business processes and consolidation of 15 fragmented business systems into a centralised IFS solution,” Sun International Chief Information Officer, Mr. Thabo Ndlela said. “We chose IFS Applications 8 because it provided a better fit to Sun International business requirements, is a configurable service oriented architecture technology, and offers competitive advantage which promises a reduction in back office total cost of ownership.”
“We are very pleased to announce this prestigious customer win, involving one of Africa’s most respected brands,” said Ian Fleming, Managing Director, IFS Middle East, Africa and South Asia. “Localized, flexible multi-site system support delivered through a global organization is one of IFS’s distinguishing hallmarks and one which will help Sun International increase user efficiency and business control while reducing IT system sprawl. We look forward to working together with Sun International to consolidate and streamline its operations.”
The ERP implementation at Sun International will be jointly delivered with Accenture, a global systems integrator, and is expected to be completed in 2015.
About Sun International
Established in 1979 with the introduction of the Sun City Resort in the North West Province, Sun International has grown into a leading leisure brand, now boasting 29 Sun International hotels and casinos in eight countries. We offer consumers world class entertainment destinations, from family resorts to African safari holidays, captivating Sun International casinos and more. Sun International employs over 10,000 people. www.suninternational.com
IFS™is a public company (XSTO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a component-based extended ERP suite. IFS focuses on industries where management of any of the following four core processes is strategic: service & asset, manufacturing, supply chain, and projects. The company has 2,100 customers and is present in approximately 60 countries with 2,800 employees in total. Net revenue in 2012 was SKr 2.7 billion.
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