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Jan 3 2012   1:29AM GMT

A case of Choosing SAP vs. Oracle for a Microsoft-centric Enterprise

Sasirekha R Profile: Sasirekha R

For a client who has decided on going the ERP route, the product selection (SAP vs. Oracle debate) was dragging on for almost a year with intensive debates between supporters for both products. The result was more of a deadlock as clearly both products were equally capable and also equally expensive and difficult to implement.

The two factors that influenced the choice were:

  • the Client was an out-and-out Microsoft shop – in terms of products as well as skills available
  • SAP was the ERP used by its parent company and some of its sister companies – though there was no plan for consolidation or even integration, the availability of experts in the group is seen as a plus

The following are the factors the basis of the decision:

  • SAP and Oracle did not differ functionally or even in non-functional characteristics in any significant manner (Gartner, Forrester, Customers, ERP Asia, ERPFacts.com, TEC – Technology Evaluation Center)
  • From ease of use perspective also (based on the product demos, the business users felt that Oracle had an advantage here), according to Gartner report and ERP forums Oracle is as difficult (or easy) as SAP.
  • Oracle is found to be slightly technically superior solution – achieved by exploiting Oracle as the Database to the best possible extent. But Oracle Database skills are not available within the company and when proceeding with a major ERP implementation this could turn out to be a unnecessary risk taken.
  • Oracle Fusion to be delivered in 2013 being the focus of Oracle, the product roadmap for Oracle ERP is not clear
  • SAP and Microsoft have an excellent relationship as shown in the SAP benchmarks, Duet initiative etc. SAP integration with Microsoft platform is very good – and makes sense in the context of Microsoft shop that heavily uses MS Office, Outlook, Share point etc.

In the process of this decision making, collated details on SAP and associated products and sharing the same as individual blogs.

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