EOH International goes live on SAP S/4 HANA Cloud in UAE

Johannesburg, 24 Oct 2017
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EOH International, a division of EOH Holdings (a South African registered company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange), has become the first company to go live with S/4 HANA Public Cloud in the UAE.

The first phase of the global roll-out focused on the UAE in order to prepare the foundation for future phases and global adoption, streamlining the group's own international operations. The implementation was completed in six weeks, primarily from South Africa, leveraging an agile approach to implementation and enabling the back-office operations of the company in the UAE.

In April this year, as one of the few Lighthouse partners selected by SAP, EOH became the first African adopter of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, the next-generation cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite. As the largest SAP partner on the African continent, EOH has been successful in using its scale and experience in bringing the SAP digital transformation solutions to customers through a combination of SAP's cloud solutions and industry software product enhancements.

As a global enterprise application and digital solution implementation specialist, the expanding footprint and multinational presence of EOH International, has driven the need to review the management of its complex back-office, as well as its transactional and reporting requirements internally. In order to address the scale required and future growth plans, EOH required a cloud-based solution with the ERP portfolio strength of a partner like SAP.

"Implementing this solution ourselves was a critical but easy decision, aligned to our positioning in the ICT marketplace as an innovative technology and services company driving digital transformation agendas with our global customers. As a result of completing a SAP S/4 HANA Public Cloud implementation in the UAE supported from South Africa within our own business, we have established the experience, know-how and practical capabilities around public cloud services adoption, thereby being able to provide our customers with experienced consultants and a track record," says Stephen Nurcombe-Thorne, CTO of EOH International.

Nurcombe-Thorne notes the ease of migration from a traditional on-premises solution to a cloud solution. "Coming from a traditional on-premises world, we were, like many of our customers, concerned about adoption. We were pleasantly surprised at the resulting seamless adoption, with many of our resources remarking on how similar the processes were."


EOH provides the technology, knowledge, skills and organisational ability critical to the development and growth of the societies it serves. EOH strives to be an ethical, relevant force for good and to play a positive role in its society, beyond normal business. EOH represents deep industry skills and has the critical global presence that gives it the unique ability to meet the needs of developing countries. The EOH unique value propositions provided to customers include numerous adjacent technologies and solutions in strategic industry and offerings domains.

With a clear growth strategy of international expansion and global thought leadership through industry innovation, the services EOH offers supporting SAP solutions focus on ecosystems of collaboration for problem-solving. EOH employs the EOH "SMART concept" to bridge the gap between strategy and execution implementation, with technology as the enabler. Focus areas address infrastructure spend, the Internet of things, cloud "everything as a service" and mobile solutions, supporting the EOH vision of providing solutions for a developing world.

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