The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2004-07-06T15:14:00Z Oxygen appoints new general manager for regional professional services group 2004-07-06T15:14:00Z oxygen-appoints-new-general-manager-for-regional-professional-services-group Oxygen Business Solutions - the leading specialist SAP solutions company in the Asia Pacific region - has appointed Brian Pereira to the position of General Manager Business Optimisation. Based in Sydney, he will manage Oxygen's Business Optimisation group - the company's professional services and consulting arm - across Australia and New Zealand. Brian Pereira has over 12 years experience in IT. He joins Oxygen from IBM, where he was the Principal responsible for consulting outcomes involving a range of platforms including SAP and a range of packaged solutions. Prior to that he was Managing Consultant at Atos Origin, an IT consulting company recently appointed primary IT partner for the Athens Olympics. Brian Pereira says his first priority will be to continue growing specialist centres of excellence, for solutions such as customer relationship management and other new dimension products within Oxygen. "Oxygen is growing strongly in both New Zealand and Australia, and we have a great opportunity to leverage our critical mass and resources to deliver the best possible outcomes for customers. By building expert teams which operate across the region we will enable customers to drive benefits and leverage their investment in SAP," he says. "I believe Oxygen's commitment to its values and people differentiates the company and provides us with a strong foundation to deliver outstanding customer outcomes as the company grows further across the region," he says. About Oxygen Oxygen Business Solutions is the largest specialist SAP solutions company in the Asia Pacific region, offering a true end-to-end systems and applications service for large enterprises. This spans application and infrastructure hosting and remote support, onsite service and support, and a full range of SAP consulting, IT consulting and implementation services. Oxygen goes beyond traditional outsourcing to take a sophisticated partnership approach to enterprise services, working with its customers at a to achieve defined business outcomes. Oxygen's 350 highly-skilled and experienced people are supported by state-of-the-art processes and technology. A high-capacity, high-bandwidth network infrastructure spans three datacentres located in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. The network and datacentres provide the highest levels of physical security, disaster recovery and business continuity. Oxygen's consultants and service engineers harness this technology infrastructure to provide application and infrastructure management and support services for 6,000 users at 180 customer sites throughout the South Pacific region - including 3000 SAP users. Oxygen opens new office in Melbourne to support major growth in SAP services 2003-11-27T13:01:00Z oxygen-opens-new-office-in-melbourne-to-support-major-growth-in-sap-services-1 New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Trade Commissioner to Melbourne, Australia, Mark Ingram, last week opened new Melbourne offices for Oxygen Business Solutions as the IT outsourcing and services company gears up to support continued strong growth in the Australian market. Owned by forestry company Carter Holt Harvey, Oxygen launched its Australian SAP outsourcing and consulting business last year. Over the past 12 months staff numbers in Melbourne have doubled to 60 people, and a further office has been established in Sydney. Oxygens chief executive, Mike T. Smith, says that Oxygen is now the largest specialist SAP consulting company in the region. During the year consulting staff numbers across New Zealand and Australia grew by more than fifty percent, from 50 to 106. Strong demand for SAP outsourcing services has also required new hires to take total staff numbers over 300. Mike T. Smith says Oxygens strong growth reflects the success of a business strategy conceived when Oxygen was spun-off from Carter Holt Harvey as a standalone business unit two years ago. This year we moved into phase two of our strategy. Thats involved launching across the Tasman and positioning ourselves as a strong competitor for SAP outsourcing and consulting business in the wider market. Were delighted with progress so far. Oxygens customer portfolio has gone from a single customer - Carter Holt Harvey to 41 customers, more than half of which are in Australia. These represent a Whos Who of large regional SAP users including Cadbury Schweppes, SunRice, Sancella, Griffins, Angus and Robertson, WH Smith, Powerlink, Victorian Department of Education and Training, Fonterra, Zespri and Commonwealth Bank of Australia. In his opening address, New Zealand Consul General Mark Ingram congratulated Oxygen for its innovative business strategy. Its great to see a New Zealand company adopting a partnership approach to achieving growth in the Australian market, he said. Oxygen is employing Australians in Australia to grow its business. Oxygens intellectual property and IT infrastructure are being used to leverage the experience and expertise of local Australians and to boost productivity and profitability of Australian companies, Ingram said. This is a true win/win and could be viewed as a model for other companies, both New Zealand and Australian as each seeks to take advantage of growth opportunities across the region. About Oxygen Business Solutions Oxygen Business Solutions the largest specialist SAP outsourcing, hosting, and consulting company in the South Pacific Region. It has 300 staff, working from offices and development in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington. More than 3,000 SAP users are supported, at 180 client sites, in four countries. Oxygens services are delivered through three line of business groups. The various groups also collaborate if individual customers require them to. This enables Oxygen to offer a flexible, customized range of services - from full outsourcing for all of a customer's SAP applications, to supporting IT infrastructure, and the operation and management of individual applications. In addition to this, a broad range of consulting services are available - ranging from Basis development to full suite SAP implementations with particular expertise in SAPs "new dimension" applications, such as supply chain planning and optimization. Oxygen opens new office in Melbourne to support major growth in SAP services 2003-11-26T17:27:00Z oxygen-opens-new-office-in-melbourne-to-support-major-growth-in-sap-services New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Trade Commissioner to Melbourne, Australia, Mark Ingram, last week opened new Melbourne offices for Oxygen Business Solutions as the IT outsourcing and services company gears up to support continued strong growth in the Australian market. Owned by forestry company Carter Holt Harvey, Oxygen launched its Australian SAP outsourcing and consulting business last year. Over the past 12 months staff numbers in Melbourne have doubled to 60 people, and a further office has been established in Sydney. Oxygens chief executive, Mike T. Smith, says that Oxygen is now the largest specialist SAP consulting company in the region. During the year consulting staff numbers across New Zealand and Australia grew by more than fifty percent, from 50 to 106. Strong demand for SAP outsourcing services has also required new hires to take total staff numbers over 300. Mike T. Smith says Oxygens strong growth reflects the success of a business strategy conceived when Oxygen was spun-off from Carter Holt Harvey as a standalone business unit two years ago. This year we moved into phase two of our strategy. Thats involved launching across the Tasman and positioning ourselves as a strong competitor for SAP outsourcing and consulting business in the wider market. Were delighted with progress so far. Oxygens customer portfolio has gone from a single customer - Carter Holt Harvey to 41 customers, more than half of which are in Australia. These represent a Whos Who of large regional SAP users including Cadbury Schweppes, SunRice, Sancella, Griffins, Angus and Robertson, WH Smith, Powerlink, Victorian Department of Education and Training, Fonterra, Zespri and Commonwealth Bank of Australia. In his opening address, New Zealand Consul General Mark Ingram congratulated Oxygen for its innovative business strategy. Its great to see a New Zealand company adopting a partnership approach to achieving growth in the Australian market, he said. Oxygen is employing Australians in Australia to grow its business. Oxygens intellectual property and IT infrastructure are being used to leverage the experience and expertise of local Australians and to boost productivity and profitability of Australian companies, Ingram said. This is a true win/win and could be viewed as a model for other companies, both New Zealand and Australian as each seeks to take advantage of growth opportunities across the region. Ends. About Oxygen Business Solutions Oxygen Business Solutions the largest specialist SAP outsourcing, hosting, and consulting company in the South Pacific Region. It has 300 staff, working from offices and development in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington. More than 3,000 SAP users are supported, at 180 client sites, in four countries. Oxygens services are delivered through three line of business groups Business Systems Outsourcing, Accounts Payable Outsourcing, and Business Consulting. The various groups also collaborate if individual customers require them to. This enables Oxygen to offer a flexible, customized range of services - from full outsourcing for all of a customer's SAP applications, to supporting IT infrastructure, and the operation and management of individual applications. In addition to this, a broad range of consulting services are available - ranging from Basis development to full suite SAP implementations with particular expertise in SAPs "new dimension" applications, such as supply chain planning and optimization. New Oxygen service aims to clarify strategic SAP upgrade decisions 2003-11-05T16:09:00Z new-oxygen-service-aims-to-clarify-strategic-sap-upgrade-decisions Oxygen Business Solutions, the largest SAP consulting and outsourcing company in the region - has launched a new consulting service designed to support SAP customers plan and implement the most cost-effective SAP upgrade strategy. Oxygen's chief executive, Mike T. Smith, says virtually all of SAP's customers in the region have the upgrade issue on their agendas. "If SAP customers haven't already made their decisions, then they have it on the list. The question is not whether to upgrade. Rather, it's when and to what?" He says that SAP customers acknowledge the benefits of upgrading. "SAP Enterprise, for example, offers lower support and maintenance costs, easier implementation of new applications, and the ability to retire older and expensive Basis custom applications. Not to mention, the prospect of maintenance on older versions being discontinued by SAP. "The key decisions are around when is the best time to upgrade and what to upgrade to. For example, will it be more cost-effective to upgrade in stages? Should the upgrade be to SAP Enterprise, MySAP Business Suite - or straight to mySAP ERP? He says that in response to market need, and building on Oxygen's recent experience in developing upgrade programmes for specific clients - Oxygen has developed a new specialist consulting capability specifically designed to assist SAP users develop a business-focused upgrade strategy. Oxygen's specialist upgrade consultants start by reviewing a customer's existing SAP investment in the context of the customer's business plan. Within five working days, typically, the Oxygen team can complete an ROI study which recommends an upgrade strategy best calculated to support the customer's business needs and business strategy. This includes analysing the potential role and value of SAP Solution Manager and SAP Console, and making recommendations as to the cost benefits of new BPR initiatives. Based on that study, Oxygen can write an upgrade business plan, sufficiently detailed and rigorous to support CAPEX application and approval. Once the upgrade plan is approved, Oxygen can handle all aspects of the implementation, drawing on the largest pool of skilled and experienced SAP consultants and technical experts in the South Pacific Region. Smith says he believes the most valuable aspect to the new service is Oxygen's ability to establish the cost-benefits of various upgrade paths up front, and to develop a business case to inform a pragmatic business decision. About Oxygen Business Solutions Oxygen Business Solutions is one of the largest specialist SAP outsourcing, hosting, and consulting companies, in the South Pacific Region. Around 300 staff work from offices and development centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington, supporting more than 3,000 SAP users, at 180 client sites, in four countries. Oxygen's services are delivered through three line of business groups -Business Systems Outsourcing,Accounts Payable Outsourcing, andBusiness Consulting. The various groups also collaborate if individual customers require them to. This enables Oxygen to offer a flexible, customized range of services -from full outsourcing for all of a customer's SAP applications, to supporting IT infrastructure, and the operation and management of individual applications. In addition to this, a broad range of consulting services are available -ranging from Basis development to full suite SAP implementations - with particular expertise in SAP's "new dimension" applications, such as supply chain planning and optimization. Massive growth at Oxygen Business Solutions 2003-07-25T15:42:00Z massive-growth-at-oxygen-business-solutions Following a series of senior appointments in the last six months Oxygen Business Solutions, the leading specialist SAP outsourcing and consulting company in Australia and New Zealand, is actively seeking 34 new staff to deepen and boost its existing, solid base of SAP professionals. Some of the roles that Oxygen is looking to fill in its Auckland office include: SAP Consultants with three years of SAP financials experience, consultants with Accounts Payable expertise and SAP Functional Consultants with in-depth knowledge of SAP's SD, PP, PS, MM, CO or FI modules. In addition, Oxygen is looking to recruit SAP BW specialist consultants for the Melbourne and Sydney offices, including a Senior Consultant with strong SAP Technology focus, a Functional Consultant with SAP functional experience with one or more R/3 modules such as; BW, CRM, APO and SRM and, a Senior Team Leader with significant experience in SAP Logistics/Financials to join the Sydney office. Oxygen's specialist business professionals will number 300 employees spanning the Tasman with the appointment of the 34 new staff. This represents a significant growth in the capability of Oxygen as well as the pool of resources available to SAP customers in Australia and New Zealand. "We are pleased to leverage the local IT talent. This underpins our commitment to expanding our operations with local IT talent in both Australia and New Zealand," said Mike T Smith, Oxygen's Chief Executive. "The new hires will strengthen our organisation and add significantly to our ongoing ability to help businesses drive value from their SAP implementations and related IT investments, all at a time when other IT service providers and outsourcers are downsizing their operations or sending work offshore" he continued. "Oxygen has a proven track record in reducing costs and improving the value of IT. Oxygen is now a key service provider to 27 businesses in a range of industries across Australasia, such as Sancella, Cadbury Schweppes, TVNZ and Whitcoulls. This is in addition to the 26 business units within Carter Holt Harvey that Oxygen also supports," he said. Recent senior appointments at Oxygen Business Solutions include: David Moores to the role of Professional Services Manager and Rod Hirst as General Manager Sales, based in Melbourne and Natasha Whiting to the role of Human Resources Manager for Australia and New Zealand. Ends. About the Existing Oxygen Vacancies Visit Oxygen online at www.oxygenforbusiness.com About Oxygen Oxygen Business Solutions is the leading specialist SAP outsourcing, hosting and consulting company in the South Pacific Region. "Specialising in SAP, but not limited to SAP", Oxygen works to reduce costs and unlock new business value from the IT investments of its customers. More than 250 staff work from offices and development centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, supporting over 3000 users at 180 customer sites in four countries. Customers include such diverse organisations as International Paper, Carter Holt Harvey, Cadbury Schweppes, Television New Zealand, Whitcoulls and Progressive.