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SAP S/4HANA Services 2021–2022 RadarView™
The SAP S/4HANA Services 2021–2022 RadarView™ helps enterprises define their approach for SAP S/4HANA adoption and identify the right implementation partner to support them in their journey. It assesses implementation services providers based on their ability to offer services with limited disruption. The 71-page report also provides our point of view on how SAP S/4HANA implementation service providers are catering to the changing needs of enterprises through a wide portfolio of accelerators and preconfigured solutions, thus delivering a general ranking based on key dimensions of practice maturity, partnership ecosystem, and investment and innovation.
SAP S/4 HANA and Service Providers Unlocking New Business Process with Analytics
Enterprises are adopting SAP S/4HANA to exploit new sources of revenue and streamline processes with the help of its big data and analytics capabilities. To respond more effectively to volatility in supply and demand, enterprises leverage SAP S/4HANA to improve visibility over business processes. Faster implementation cycles with the use of preconfigured solutions, fewer customizations, and agile development have gained traction, as enterprises are looking for faster time-to-value from their investment in SAP S/4HANA.
New Customer-Facing Systems Extend the Reach of SMBs
Small businesses play a vital role in the economy and are often the leading innovators in new products and services. In recent years, software vendors have announced new products to address the challenges of multichannel commerce and the global markets that small and medium sized businesses face. In this Byte, we review two of them, SAP and Microsoft, which are building new, customer-facing systems specifically to serve SMB customers.
Understanding Cloud ERP Buyers and Providers
Not all ERP systems that are labeled “cloud” are the same. At the same time, vendors need to realize that not all ERP buyers are the same. The study provides an overview of ERP cloud vendors and describes the two major categories of buyers in this market: first-time buyers looking for their first ERP systems and established companies replacing their legacy systems. We also segment cloud ERP providers into two categories: cloud-only ERP providers and traditional vendors that have added cloud or hosting as deployment options. We conclude with recommendations for buyers and providers who seek to serve these markets. Two appendices provide our analysis of key ERP vendors in each category. (32 pp., 6 fig.) [Research Byte]
What Fiori Means to SAP and Its Customers
Over the past several months, a debate has been raging about whether SAP should offer its new user apps, collectively called Fiori, at no charge to customers under its maintenance program. This Research Byte summarizes the arguments, including factors not often recognized, along with recommendations on what SAP should do in its own best interest and what it all means for SAP customers.
Enterprise Software Suites Don’t Always Win
The major enterprise software providers promote their pre-built integration as a selling point in capturing new business from existing clients. But do suites always win? Based on recent deals observed by Computer Economics, it appears that the integration story is not resonating with buyers as it once did.
Guiding Successful Business Intelligence Initiatives
Today, enterprises rely on many systems to run the business: SCM, ERP, CRM, POS systems, call centers, and e-commerce and online customer touch-points. Each of these systems produces volumes of data about customers, transactions, sales, inventory, and human resources. The problem becomes how to amass this data and turn it into actionable information for decision makers across the enterprise. This is the focus of the business intelligence (BI) environment, enabling an enterprise to wring greater business insight from the increasing volumes of data. This article looks at the technology that drives the business case for BI and at how this technology is integrated into business decision making.
SAP Opens Up and Moves Down Market (June 2002)
Though it may seem longer, especially if you have been personally involved in implementing R/3, SAP AG released its premier ERP suite just ten years ago. Among the painful lessons that R/3 users have learned during that time is that enterprise-level applications rippled through the entire fabric of an organization and took much longer to roll out than expected. But the costs and effort required were often rewarded by major gains in competitive advantage and entry into new marketplaces.