Enterprise resource planning software provider SAP has developed an upgraded set of online tools that allows users to select, customize, test, and publish service packages rapidly and at a fixed price and scope.
The modules are part of SAP’s Rapid Deployment Solutions (RDS), which are designed to facilitate the expansion of business services.
A representative says that the upgrade — in effect Version 2.0, he explains — further streamlines the selection and go-live process of these modules. Using this system, enterprise users specify a module and can have it fine-tuned and running in a relatively fast 12 weeks or less. Since the price is fixed, there will be no cost surprises between module selection and go-live. Since the module is essentially pre-packaged content, there are no risks in terms of what meets a company’s needs and what does not.
“We are delivering speed and simplicity,” the representative says.
The process is simple. If, for example, a procurement department wants a customer relationship management (CRM) package, the manager goes to the SAP Solution Explorer site and selects a module from the RDS menu. The module, which is described as a “pre-assembled solution,” can be implemented in days. If customization is needed, the module is posted on a “developmental cloud” for testing, tweaking and uploading of additional data, the representative says. Once development is complete, the module is transferred to the customer’s website or can be put up on a cloud operated by a partner of SAP.
SAP says that this “assembled-to-order IT stack” is a fast way of deploying innovations in enterprise resource planning, CRM and other areas, as well as a “solid foundation to jump-start the fine-tuning, integration and data-migration process” for tailored programs.
SAP introduced the RDS program in 2010, and has sold 1,800 packages to 1,200 customers, 20% of which buy more than one at a time. New releases are done quarterly, and RDS has more than 150 SAP-developed solutions.