SAP Releases 28 New Versions of Best Practices Offerings for Midsize Enterprises

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Further delivering on its commitment to meet the unique software deployment requirements of midsize enterprises, SAP AG unveiled new versions of its fixed-scope, pre-defined packages of software and services. Based on mySAP ERP, the SAP Best Practices offerings are available in 28 scenarios addressing the demands of midsize enterprises in industries as diverse as retail, utilities and the public sector.

The preconfigured offerings are enhanced with new tools designed to help customers achieve faster implementation times and higher business flexibility while lowering risks. SAP Best Practices include a clear, step-by-step methodology; reusable documentation and complete preconfiguration settings that provide everything needed to run specific key processes out of the box with minimal installation effort. Combining SAPs business process expertise in serving the worlds leading companies with the know-how of its channel partners, SAP Best Practices are designed to meet the resource, price and industry requirements of midsize enterprises while laying a scalable foundation for business growth.

The new portfolio of SAP Best Practices offers end-to-end business process scenarios for specific industries such as Warranty Processing with Returnable Parts for the automotive industry and Prototype Development for the high tech industry. Customers can use industry-specific SAP Best Practices in conjunction with cross-industry scenarios for customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM), such as Campaign Management, Engineer-to-Order and Supply Chain Performance Management. SAP Best Practices for business intelligence and enterprise portal round out the portfolio.

To stay ahead of the competition, we cannot afford to suspend our businesses for lengthy implementations of products that are highly specialized and difficult to support or conversely, to deploy standard solutions that do not fit the needs of our industry, said Kian Macrae, managing director of Banditos Chile Co., a family-owned consumer products company in Kew, Johannesburg, South Africa. The SAP Best Practices offering provides us with solutions specially tailored for our industry and allows us to achieve a faster return, lower long-term costs and the ability to scale over the life of our business.

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The softwares installation is almost entirely automated, allowing SAP partners and customers to focus their efforts on more important project activities. New deployment tools for personalization and installation allow rapid installation and easy personalization. Solution configuration data can be quickly and consistently changed using a predefined and easy-to-use spreadsheet.

SAP partners can utilize SAP Best Practices to build micro-vertical mySAP All-in-One solution offerings that leverage their unique industry expertise and service capabilities. Midsize enterprises can choose from a broad micro-vertical portfolio of nearly 600 qualified mySAP All-in-One partner solutions, available in more than 50 countries and used by more than 6,700 customers.

With these new versions of SAP Best Practices, we continue to address the distinct industry requirements and unique business characteristics of midsize enterprises, said Robert Viehmann, vice president, Global mySAP All-in-One Development, SAP AG. By jointly building our SAP Best Practices portfolio in collaboration with our channel partners, we help our customers realize faster time to market, shorter implementation times and continuous business improvement.

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