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Jan 7 2008   11:30AM GMT

What SAP customers/users should watch for in 2008

JackDanahy Jack Danahy Profile: JackDanahy

What should we expect from SAP in 2008? We want to know! asked the same question when speaking to analysts: “What is the most important thing that SAP customers/users/etc should watch for in 2008?” Here is one response we received from Derek Prior, Research Director specializing in SAP at AMR Research:

My research into best practices for SAP customers reveals one word which sums up every single SAP customer: BUSY!

Busy with projects for SAP roll outs, upgrades, consolidations and extensions. As an SAP analyst now for nearly 10 years I have just one recommendation for busy SAP customers when reviewing their checklists for 2008:

Work with the Enterprise Architects (EA) team within your company to integrate your SAP Solution Architecture into your company-wide, business-driven, EA blueprint. Smart companies are already doing this for 3 reasons:

  1. To build your SAP Solution Architecture into your companies EA big picture, in order to break out of your SAP “silo”.
  2. To make your SAP gurus all business-driven, speaking the language of business, not IT.
  3. To be ready for real SOA, i.e. strategic deployment, when your company is ready.

Add this activity which I am sure you have forgotten, to your checklist – it will pay off big time for your business.

Do the words of Derek Prior resonate with you? What are your predictions for the world of SAP in 2008? Leave comments, We want to know! Editorial Staff

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  • Ken Gorf
    I like Reason #2. But, before an enterprise can consider Reasons #1 and #3, they must optimise their SAP systems. You can't join in the "EA big picture" with systems containing 50% custom code, of which 50% is unused, or response times in excess of minutes, or only using 35% of the licenced code. And would you deploy such systems for "real SOA"? Do you even know the level of custom code in your system? Or how much unused standard code is paid for [and wasted]? The "big time pay-off" is FIRST an optimised system. Then you can move on to the smart business.
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  • Rashad
    Experience shows that a fair number of organisations do not have a comprehensive internal EA competence. In order to make good on the sustainability of initiatives in EA, sound advice to organisations embarking on this undertaking is esential i.e. EA is an iterative process. Organisations must understand EA from this stand point. The rest of the benefits should follow as the value to the enterprise unfolds from the ongoing collaboration between IT and the business it services. Having said that there is no time like the present to initiate EA to address the three reasons listed.
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