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SAP Unviels New Modular Business Suite Based on SOA


SAP said its Business Suite 7 reduces upgrade barrier and provides customers with a "higher degree" of insight, efficiency and flexibility.

ebizQ received the following: SAP unveiled SAP Business Suite 7 software, a next-generation software suite that helps businesses to optimize their performance and reduce IT cost.

In the current environment, the vendor said, every organization is challenged to focus on short-term business value while preserving a coherent IT architecture and landscape. Recognizing this need, the new SAP Business Suite is designed to ease upgrades and help customers reduce IT costs with enhancement packages; gain stronger insights with select analytics capabilities from the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio; and achieve end-to-end process excellence through the modular deployment of industry best practices and service-oriented architecture (SOA).

"Today, large enterprises are skeptical of IT projects that involve foundational investments that aren't tied to delivering fast value to users," said Jeff Woods, managing vice president of ERP and SCM at Gartner. "Big projects that only promise a foundation for future value delivery are too risky, too costly, and the benefits are difficult to justify to business leaders. Enterprises want integrated IT solutions that require only investment that is tied to immediate business value -- but without losing the cost, information integrity and process integrity benefits that a strategic suite provides."

Developed in alignment with customers and partners, the new SAP Business Suite introduces industry-oriented value scenarios -- end-to-end business processes that focus on industry-specific outcomes that span organizational boundaries and application silos. Value scenarios can be implemented in a step-wise fashion and deployed as customers need them.

Retailers, for example, understand that connecting with their customers is mission-critical. With the value scenario "inspired shopping experience," retail CEOs -- along with their lines of business management -- have the ability to better understand shoppers, anticipate their needs and shape the customer experience, as well as more effectively leverage point-of-sale operations, loyalty management, workforce management and product assortment and pricing.

Other examples of industry value scenarios include "integrated product development" for discrete manufacturing industries, "collaborative demand and supply planning" for high tech and consumer products companies, and "integrated sourcing and procurement" for all industries.

To support customers in reducing total cost of ownership (TCO), the new SAP Business Suite delivers more than 150 functional innovations through enhancement packages and a synchronized release schedule for all applications -- SAP ERP, SAP Customer Relationship Management, SAP Supplier Relationship Management, SAP Supply Chain Management and SAP Product Lifecycle Management, as well as industry applications -- across the entire suite.

Enhancement packages allow customers to select and deploy only the functionality they need without upgrading their solution -- leaving long implementations, upgrades and disintegrated point solutions in the past. With more than 1,000 live customers and 1,800 downloads, the first three generations of SAP enhancement packages for SAP ERP have proven the benefit of this innovative delivery model.

SAP Business Suite customers can also drive down their TCO by leveraging the harmonized user interfaces that present similar views across the applications of SAP Business Suite to deliver a coherent user experience that helps to reduce user training effort and cost. SAP(R) Enterprise Support services further reduce the overall total cost of ownership of the new suite with integrated life-cycle management capabilities. Underpinned by SAP(R) Solution Manager, enterprise edition, SAP Enterprise Support accelerates innovation and reduces implementation cycles. With SAP Enterprise Support, customers receive direct advice from SAP solution architects and can minimize their modifications, enabling them to manage their ongoing operations in a cost-effective manner.

The new SAP Business Suite delivers a higher degree of insight by incorporating select analytics capabilities of the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio, allowing customers to monitor execution and make sound decisions for positive change. The new SAP Business Suite is fully SOA-enabled and provides more than 2,800 enterprise services for all industries, giving customers enhanced flexibility. The SAP NetWeaver Business Process Management component of the SAP NetWeaver technology platform allows customers to build their own practices without sacrificing process integrity, allowing customers to further differentiate in their industry.

SAP's ecosystem enables customers to draw upon the expertise of SAP partners to bring additional value to their IT investment through consulting, services and support that help optimize operations. To help foster continued value delivery through high-quality, certified professionals and to further facilitate co-innovation with industry leaders, SAP also announced that Atos Origin, Capgemini, IBM and Wipro have become launch partners for SAP Business Suite.

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