Like everyone else, we at SearchSAP.com curious about what the new year will bring for SAP and the ERP market in general. To find out, we decided to check in with some prominent SAP experts on their predictions for the big trends in 2007 and beyond. First out is veteran site expert Axel Angeli.
SearchSAP: Let’s kick things off with the obvious question — what will be the biggest SAP trend this year?
Angeli: 2007 will be a year of consolidation for SAP. Major SAP customers will start real XI project implementations, which will lead to a tremendous shortage in XI skilled personnel.
SearchSAP: Do you see any additional developments that readers should keep an eye on?
Angeli: The new xMII – a kind of universal data adapter for SAP – will become a major point of interest for industry firms that need to attach laboratory and production machines to SAP. There will be a number of appliances around, set to deliver a great additional benefit for SAP users. Google gave it a start with the search engine for everybody, Castironsys, ActiveBit and National Instruments follow similar strategies. EDI will also experience a renaissance, once in combination with XI and Seeburger for SAP, but also in dropping EDIFACT and X.12 in favor of fashionable and easy XMLEDI. And SRM will gain in importance replacing BW and CRM as main business concerns.
SearchSAP: What do you expect from SAP’s ERP competitors?
Angeli: This is the year when SAP will pay the price for neglecting the further development of the core ERP elements. While SAP will fuel its marketing offensive for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), they will lose market share against Microsoft Dynamics, which is more dynamic in addressing SMB customers. We will also see the first examples of open source public license ERP suites entering this business area — that’s definitely an area to keep an eye on.
Also check SAP trends 2007, part two, where we pick the brains of Ventana Research CEO Mark Smith!