In October of 2005, SAP released twenty-eight new versions of SAP Best Practices, its series of fixed-scope, predefined packages of software and services. These prepackaged solutions address the demands of midsize enterprises in diverse industries. However, are they right for you?
SAP claims that the preconfigured offerings are enhanced with new tools designed to help customers achieve faster implementation times and higher business flexibility while lowering risks.
Available in fourteen different languages, and for industries as diverse as automotive, chemicals, consumer products, fabricated metals, mining, retail, professional services, and water utilities, these packages are based upon mySAP ERP.
The vendor claims that SAP Best Practices include a clear, step-by-step methodology; reusable documentation, and complete pre-configuration settings that provide everything needed to run specific key processes "out of the box" with minimal installation effort. 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. SAP customers can use industry-specific SAP Best Practices in conjunction with cross-industry scenarios for customer relationship management and supply chain management.
Additional industry-specificity is gained by having SAP partners utilize SAP Best Practices to build micro-vertical mySAP All-in-One solution offerings that leverage their unique industry expertise and service capabilities.
We looked at several examples of SAP Best Practices offerings. The chemicals packaged solution is tailored specifically to the chemicals industry. It appears complete for the business processes available and should prove to be an attractive option for mid-sized chemicals companies. SAP offering for chemicals combines
- Core business processes
- Consulting services
A defined-price offer by local SAP consultants to set up the software to support selected business processes from the best practices template
- Optional services
Allow you to work with SAP on hosting and training needs, including twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week support with guaranteed response times
The vendor claims that the packaged solution for chemicals can be implemented in as little as fifteen weeks.
We also looked at a partner offering. Deloitte Consulting LLP worked closely with SAP to develop its own offering for the food manufacturing industry, which, contains the key business processes, prepackaged for its targeted industry. Deloitte claims that its approach offers a number of advantages over traditional enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations: