SAP ERP Upgrade Surge

Eric Samuels at the SAP Watch blog has an interview with Steve Strout, the new ASUG CEO (here).  This post focuses on the recent surge in upgrades in process or completed (the SAP press release is here).  A couple of key quotes:

First, it’s an extremely stable release. People are able to do a technical upgrade without much hassle. I know of people who have eliminated upwards of 70% of their custom code just by moving to this release. I also think SAP has done a tremendous job of making the migration a relatively easy one. I know that when I went from 4.6c to 6.0, it was a pretty straight forward process and we didn’t find any real surprises.

SAP has worked diligently on easing upgrade hassles and reducing downtime for years (full disclosure, I was part of the Upgrade Competence Center back in the day and I’ve led three major upgrades).  We also have continually updated our ASAP for Upgrades roadmap (you’ll need to be registered in Service Marketplace to access the upgrade roadmap entry page here, online version here).

In addition…they will start taking advantage of Service Oriented Architecture and expose access to their SAP environment and create new ways of taking out steps of a business process – thus reducing their overall costs. We are starting to see people use SOA technologies to innovate and create new ways for their business to do all new things. And this innovation can’t occur at the same price point with the older technology.

Yup…Enterprise SOA is coming and our customers are putting in the business process platform to support it.

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3 Responses

  1. […] on a regular basis. Each patch must be regression-tested to ensure no impact with production. With a new upgrade approach that can introduce business functions at different times, IT will need to closely manage the joint […]

  2. […] The Stack Safe blog (http://www.stacksafe.com/blog/the-perpetual-sap-testing-cycle/08/21/2008/) link showed us as a comment on SAP ERP Upgrade Surge. […]

  3. […] by Paul Ritchie Regular Crossderry readers know I’m partial to ERP upgrade tips and advice (here, here, here, and here).  This list by Beth Stackpole stood out as one of the more practical and […]

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