SAP Simplifies First-Time ERP Deployments

Mike Vizard

SAP ERP software is definitely something most organizations need to grow into; it’s the pains usually associated with that growing that companies could do without.

To simplify the process associated with first-time deployments of its ERP software, SAP has created the SAP ERP Foundation Extension, a turnkey platform for deploying its ERP software on top of its in-memory HANA computing platform or any other SQL database platform.

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Recognizing that many organizations are intimated by the complexity of SAP software, Marty Etzel, vice president of energy and resources and corporate functions for SAP, says SAP ERP Foundation Extension has been developed for organizations in high-growth markets that are rapidly expanding beyond the capabilities of their installed enterprise applications.

The goal, says Etzel, is to provide an approach to moving to SAP software that provides the shortest time to value by allowing the organization to go live as quickly as possible. By deploying on HANA, Etzel says organizations also get the added option of deploying SAP ERP Foundation Extension on premise or in a cloud managed by SAP or another cloud service provider. In either scenario, SAP ERP Foundation Extension comes with optimizations for a variety of vertical industries, integration tools, role-based controlled access, business intelligence, sales management and mobile computing applications.

SAP ERP Foundation Extension is the latest SAP effort to expand the appeal of SAP software to the midmarket. The company’s Rapid Deployment Solutions have been primarily optimized on more specific application scenarios. With SAP ERP Foundation Extension, SAP is now taking that core concept and applying it to an entire suite of applications.

SAP is now providing a foundation for a turnkey implementation that can be deployed on servers from any of the major vendors that already support the HANA platform. That may not solve every SAP deployment issue an organization is likely to encounter on their SAP journey, but it does simplify efforts to get it started.

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Aug 13, 2013 2:38 PM Larry Fields Larry Fields  says:
Mike- great insight to first time ERP deployments. When I first started using SAP ERP 2 or 3 years ago, I took a look at LiveCompare to leverage and automate my environment with smart analysis. It was proven to help tremendously. Now, I see a ton of Fortune 500 companies on the LiveCompare bandwagon. What do you think of the LiveCompare softwarea and its capabilities? Best, Larry Reply
Aug 20, 2013 7:17 PM pragathipatil pragathipatil  says:
I would highly encourage anyone implementing HANA or other SAP applications to go with a turnkey managed hosting partner. It actually ends up saving quite a bit of money and manpower. Pick a reliable provider with a lot of expertise and a good network. I found this Factors to Consider when Choosing an SAP HANA Managed Hosting Provider article helpful: http://scn.sap.com/community/hana-in-memory/blog/2013/07/19/factors-to-consider-when-choosing-an-sap-hana-managed-hosting-provider Reply

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