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About 70 per cent of IT implementations are unsuccessful because they are behind schedule, over budget or do not meet planned goals. SAP senior vice president of rapid deployment solutions and customer ops, Steven Birdsall, recently visited Australia to discuss how SAP is repackaging the rapid deployment solutions model to provide more innovative and flexible products to SAP customers. Anne Widjaja reports.
SAP first began offering Rapid Deployment Solutions (RDS) in 2010, to provide what customers wanted most from an SAP implementation – predictability, flexibility and choice. “We are building solutions so that we can implement rapidly and get a very quick time to value for our customers in a predictable and flexible way. It’s important to customers to have that modularity and flexibility, so they can add to those packages. They want to know, ‘How do I quickly consume this new innovation that is coming out of SAP, along with the core products that I want to implement’, and that’s really what our RDSs are here to do,” Birdsall says. The applications take core functional elements from an existing solution, and include additional features for customer useability.
In particular, SAP has seen a massive uptick in terms of customer adoption of its Treasury Management solution. Typically a complex implementation, customers are clearly seeing the benefit of instead using a scaled-back version which can be up and running in a matter of weeks. “Not only do we take some of the more simple solutions like Spend Performance Management but we also take some complex products like Treasury Management or MII and offer those through a rapid deployment solutions, and those are selling very well.”
This article was first published in Inside SAP December 2011.
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