10 Apr 2017

The regional winners of the 2016 SAP Quality Awards, recognizing the best customer implementation projects across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, were announced on Thursday the 6th of April 2017 at a colourful ceremony at SAP headquarters in Walldorf, Germany.

The SAP Quality Awards honor customers for their exceptionally successful SAP implementation projects, delivering real business value to their organizations on time and within or even under budget. The success of the winning projects is not a matter of luck, but of precise planning and execution.

A total of 258 customers nominated their successful projects, and 128 received a local bronze, silver, or gold Quality Award. All gold winners automatically qualified for the regional awards and 12 winners were selected in four categories: Business Transformation, Cloud Innovation, Fast Delivery, and SAP HANA Innovation by independent external judges to ensure objectivity.

The judges evaluated the proven business benefits these projects delivered to their organizations and based their decisions on how far the projects adhered to the 10 principles of quality, which include anchoring the business value firmly in the project and using organizational change management to transform the business. The quality of the projects was extremely high this year, making it particularly difficult for the judges to select the final winners.

The judges awarded Ketraco's Kipepeo project gold in the Fast Delivery Category, in recognition of the complexity of this project that was supported by INDRA Ltd. and moved the entire management of the electricity transmission infrastructure onto SAP. Ketraco leveraged SAP Quality Assurance during the blueprint phase, which highlighted issues that could be solved before the project started, ensuring a successful implementation of SAP ERP on SAP HANA in seven months for 250 users. Business benefits achieved include better resource utilization and increased transparency. Ketraco uses SAP HANA Analytics most advanced capabilities to improve decision making and is now prepared to migrate to SAP S/4HANA, leading the adoption of SAP’s latest technology in the region and in the market.

Two-time gold award winner in MENA Al Nasser Trading and Import Company, the largest supplier for lighting and advance building control systems in the Middle East, received the regional silver award for its SAP ERP on HANA project, implemented by Isyx Technologies.

Bronze winner Bleistahl-Produktions GmbH & Co KG is engineering partner to the global automotive industry and has produced valve seat inserts and valve guides at its Headquarters in Wetter, Germany, since 1954.