I can't help myself. I'm going to pile on late to the blogging frenzy related to "SAP's" pending "$300-million-plus" ERP enterprise software contract from the United Nations (UN).
The document on which all the news articles and blog posts are based (available from Fox News) is 51 pages long. I admit I did not read it cover to cover. I'm not sure if all the other bloggers and journalists did either, or whether they read it in context with a more typical $300,000 or $3-million or $30-million ERP deployment. So here's some random thoughts for what they're worth given my read time:
And although SAP doesn't have a signed contract yet, it was interesting to see that it looks like Microsoft is already making some money off the project. The report says
"The Team has put in place the tools necessary to successfully execute the design phase, among them a tool known as iServer."
Based on my quick read, iServer is the only software product other than SAP mentioned in the UN report. The design phase is called the Business Blueprint, a 15-year-old SAP marketing term, which the UN calls
"a thoroughly documented set of business processes and practices that defines a future operating state and acts as a reference for future design and user training."
And the UN defines iServer as an
"industry-standard... business process map repository and modeling environment."
So even if SAP isn't making any money on this deal yet, Orbus Software, the Microsoft partner specializing in "enterprise architecture and business process analysis for Office and Visio users" that develops iServer, is. Which I think means Microsoft, if you need to have Office and/or Vision installed to use Orbus' iServer. So how come the press doesn't call this the "$300-million-plus" Microsoft business process management (BPM) UN deal?
Oh well. Take a look at the report. Divide all the numbers by 100 and it might be a quick way to put your next proposal into the boss.