SAP and cloud provider Zag is targeting the spatial services market with a dedicated business unit under veteran Matti Seikkula.
Seikkula spent 20 years with Wellington-based e-Spatial before joining Zag, which was known as Soltius until a rebrand last year.
The integration of GIS systems with SAP has been a growing market for Zag as businesses and councils use GIS systems to display and analyse data geographically, said Zag CEO Nick Mulcahy.
Many of Zag's existing customers already have their GIS systems linked to SAP, Mulcahy said, so setting up what he called "New Zealand’s first dedicated SAP and GIS business unit" to service and expand the market was a logical move.
Spatial technology is finding applications in areas such as supply chain management, the insurance industry and retail where it is proving useful in areas like outlet planning and forecasting.
“Many of our customers have been talking to us about providing support for their spatial integrations and the growth in these requests has pushed us to set up spatial services to give customers a one-stop-shop for SAP and spatial," Mulcahy said.
Seikkula, who was the CIO and principal consultant at e-Spatial, was named professional of the year in the 2015 NZ Spatial Excellence awards.
One of his main tasks at e-Spatial was to promote its technical capability and geo-spatial technology to customers, partners and the market.
Seikkula said spatial technology is now mainstream and customers are requesting it be integrated with enterprise systems and to incorporate freely available and complementary open reference data.
With dominant GIS provider ESRI announcing last year its enterprise systems will run on SAP’s HANA database, the time is right for a team dedicated to supporting customers through what can be complex implementations of SAP and spatial systems, he said.
“Most organisations still find the spatial industry overly complicated – this is where Zag’s Spatial team will help; simplifying these interfaces and helping teams across business, IT and GIS work better together.”