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  • Asahi Arthur Andersen to Have 500 IT Consultants by 2001
  • March 10, 1999 (TOKYO) — Asahi Arthur Andersen Ltd. will increase IT consultants from the current staff of 100 to 500 by 2001 to enhance its consulting services.
    With this move, it will increase its total number of employees from 300 to 1,000.

    “Our biggest problem in expanding the IT consulting service is a shortage of staff. We will cover business consulting and project management for this service, and other than that, we hope to cooperate with major vendors in the introduction of systems,” a company official said.

    The firm integrated several IT consulting-related groups into one IT business department in December 1998 as part of the effort to enhance IT-related consulting. The separate groups were engaged in consulting enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, supply chain management systems and Hyperion Enterprise, a consolidated financial statement application designed by Hyperion Enterprise Corp. of the United States.

    It also will start an ERP short-term program for speedy implementation with vendors in an attempt to expand the ERP-related business. In the first place, the company revealed in February that it will start the short-term implementation program of J.D. Edwards & Co.’s OneWorld in collaboration with J.D. Edwards Japan KK and Compaq Computer KK.

    Asahi Arthur Andersen’s sales for fiscal 1998 ended in August 1998 were approximately 4 billion yen (121.60 yen=US$1), and it expects to increase sales to 6 billion yen for fiscal 1999. It will increase the sales ratio of IT-related consulting to total sales from the current 30 percent to 60 percent, around the level achieved by its U.S. headquarters.

    (Nikkei Watcher on IT Business)

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