How Do You Choose between SAP and Oracle? Run Them Side by Side

Ansell Limited, an Australia-based global manufacturer of protection solutions, announced that its European, Middle East, and African operations went live with SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) software two weeks ago. The company pointed out that although it’s too early to claim a full success, the first results are definitely pretty optimistic.
For anyone who follows ERP selection news, this announcement is nothing unusual. However, the context is surprising.
The thing is: Ansell has just completed implementation of Oracle Fusion ERP software for its North American division. Reportedly, it didn’t go smoothly enough to inspire trust in repeating the same experience in another region. It took the company years to eliminate issues and make the system stable enough. At about the same time, Ansell acquired Comasec, a glove manufacturer, which was a reference case for SAP, Oracle’s #1 competitor. Comasec had highly qualified resources and very successful experience with deploying this sophisticated software across the company. Although Ansell originally planned to extend Oracle’s solution to other divisions, it changed its intentions and decided to roll out SAP ERP instead.
This has created an interesting situation; however, it is not altogether unique as many large corporations have to maintain and support multiple parallel ERP packages as a consequence of mergers and acquisitions, wrong managerial decisions, previous regional business development initiatives, and a myriad of other circumstances. As a result, instead of focusing on improving its businesses, increasing added value, and eliminating duplications and other unnecessary costs, many organizations in real life, regardless of the reasons, do what Ansell has to do – support two or more different parallel IT ERP solutions that are built on different technologies and, as in this case, are dire foes of each other.
Certainly, this situation should not serve as a reference case for others. However, there is a positive side too: Ansell has a unique opportunity to compare SAP and Oracle systems from deep inside and eventually to settle on one of these solutions. They now have all the resources to properly do so: internal experts in both Oracle and SAP solutions, implementation experiences, and, finally, full access to both live running systems. This is theoretically an ideal business software selection situation. Too bad it is so expensive.

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