Spicers is one of Australia's premier paper merchants. Based in Melbourne, the company purchases an extensive range of coated, uncoated and specialist papers from domestic and international manufacturers, and sells them to local printers and publishers. To improve IT support and reduce costs, and wanted to consolidate IT around fewer technologies and clear a path to the cloud. Spicers reconfigured their SAP databases to run on Microsoft SQL server 2008 enterprise, and upgraded their SAP planning and business intelligence modules. After consolidating annual IT operating costs fell by 25 percent, SAP reporting five times faster, less complex IT support needs and easier transition into the cloud.