The overhaul of London Underground is set to reap rich rewards for SAP and Axon Group which have picked up a 10 year, £29 million contract to provide a new back office system.
The project will replace the transportation groups' more than 30 office applications for tasks including finance, human resources and purchasing. The new system is due to go live by the end of this year.
"The introduction of the new integrated system will dramatically improve our efficiencies and benefit all of London's commuters and visitors," said Jay Walder, finance and planning director for Transport For London.
SAP's latest Portal, eBusiness and Transport components will be incorporated into the system. The rollout will begin in the first quarter of 2003 and reach more than a 100 locations including Victoria Coach Station, the London Transport Museum, the Public Carriage Office, the Docklands Light Railway and many of the capital's tube stations.
The first implementations will go live in April, with the project due for completion in November.
Simon Etherington, Account Manager for Service Industries SAP UK said: "This project really is the foundation upon which the transport organisation of the future can be built and will set the standard for best practice in integrated business processes within the transport sector.