Monday, February 9, 2009

SAP Business Suite 7 – a different approach to upgrades?

Last week SAP announced new version of its flagship software Business Suite 7. Basically it is nothing new here since it is comprises just of the latest releases of the core applications (SAP Enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0, SAP CRM 7.0, SAP SRM 7.0, SAP PLM 7.0, SAP SCM 7.0) and the SAP NetWeaver 7.0 as technology platform.

What is interesting here is a quit rush atmosphere spread around this announcement; particular in terms of “new modular design” that allows customer to deploy modules (Enhancement Packages) step-by-step mode without big pain; means e.g. having a Big5 consultancy as system integrator. This atmosphere is forced by SAP AG’s CEO Leo Apotheker expression while blaming Big5 companies about propagating negative SAP perception because sending shoddy consultants on their SAP implementation projects. So possibly this is a new way of SAP implementation/upgrade would be in future. Some CIOs (e.g. of Roche) had expressed already that new synchronized release schedule is good for them and times of millions $ budget for system integrators are gone (see more here).

1 comment:

skylork said...

Honestly, I found this to be a marketing gimmick by SAP rather than anything big change in technology. Still my customers are forced to buy a value scenario which bundles 3 or 4 modules. Good part these 3 or 4 spreads across ECC, SCM, CRM or SRM. Bad part, market doesn't have matured consultant who see this end to end process while deploying the solution. Still MM consultant stick to what they did earlier. The change in mindset needs to come out. May be it should start with the Big 5 organization first, after that Indian Hi 5 will follow.