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Anyone use SAP//ERP?

By Oz_Media ·
Out of personal curiosity.

Does anyone use SAP/Business Objects software for their enterprise?

If so:

What benefits have you found it offers your organization?

Do you use it for enterprise mobility, supply chain management, sales and marketing, financial objectives, all of the above, other?

Does it enable your company to grow due to added data manipulation?

Does it save you time and money?

What modules do you find you gain benefit from?

If you use an alternate solution for such needs, what software do you use and why?

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Meaning

by santeewelding In reply to Anyone use SAP//ERP?

That noodling, off-topic commentary is welcome this time?

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Since no one else rose to the bait,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Anyone use SAP//ERP?

Our company uses SAP. We rolled it out in this division in January 2007, as mandated by corporate directive. All divisions now run SAP; previously there was a mix of apps.

I don't use it personally, and am only peripherally involved with those members of the IT staff who support it. My interaction consists solely of installing the local client.

One of the big benefits was the ability to export data to Excel and SQL databases. Our old MRP system was incapable of this. It has eliminated many double-entry activities, but any modern ERP system probably would have had the same benefits.

We're using it for supply chain management, financial transactions, sales, shop floor control, and as a front-end to our payroll system.

I don't think we've seen any growth from it, but our industry as a whole has been in a slump along with the rest of the US economy.

Does it save time or money? Depends on the users. I think it may be costing us more to use than our old system, but much of that is due to the implementation factors unique to this company and not due to the application itself.

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Thanks much

by Oz_Media In reply to Since no one else rose to ...

Are you using any OnDemand or mobile solutions with it? Such as power users needing mobility etc?

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to Thanks much

I'm not familiar with OnDemand.

Most of our upper management types have laptops, primarily for functions other than SAP although they have that capability. Most of those folks aren't going data mining for themselves anyway; they'll have a subordinate dig out the info and e-mail it to their Crackberrys.

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Not directly

by JamesRL In reply to Anyone use SAP//ERP?

I was involved peripherally in the Finance division of a Fortune 100, while I was there they went with another ERP, eventually went to SAP after I left. Someone I know well is one of the project managers who worked the migration to SAP.

An ERP like SAP is a tool. You can implement it well, or poorly. Compared to say Oracle financials, where you get the basics and can build your own solution, SAP is highly customizable, but still directs its users into adopting SAP processes. Some have described SAP as a cult. You bend the business to work with SAP.

The whole point of an ERP is to have better information flow across the organization. And SAP does help that. And that can in the long run help the organization better manage its resources. But its a long multi year very challenging process to implement, and it only works if people will change to accomodate it.

Would people be better off with another ERP thats less complex? Hard call, depends on the company.

James

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Cheers, James

by Oz_Media In reply to Not directly

Really appreciate your comments.
How long ago was it implemented? Mobility?

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When is complicated...

by JamesRL In reply to Cheers, James

The main project started in 2001, ended in 2004. But the requests for fine tuning, add ons and upgrades continues. My friend has never had less than 3 SAP projects on the go at once.

They didn't implment the mobility, probably because the company is being sold. He has another 2 years guarenteed work to integrate the system into the new owners systems.

James

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Left a bad taste

by Choppit In reply to Anyone use SAP//ERP?

Used SAP R/3 at my previous company. From the sidelines I witnessed a botched implementation. As Production manager I suffered it and watched it cripple the business, then finally as IT manager ripped it out and replaced it. The implementation is everything, that and the funding to support it on an ongoing basis. We used materials management, production planning, sales and some of the financial/HR stuff. As someone has already mentioned you need to bend to fit SAP and we just couldn't bend far enough to make it work for us. I should add that we were a small company (?20m turnover / 120 employees). As a replacement I implemented an industry specific solution from a small software house but also looked at Navision and Sage (Production Management?) among others.

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Nice one

by Oz_Media In reply to Left a bad taste

When was SAP implemented? Do you feel it was a poor planning issue that caused the most problems, invested in the wrong package?

Being a smaller company I can see how you would have found it a bit overkill though.

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All of the above

by Choppit In reply to Nice one

Implementation was 1999 (R/3 4.0b) and in my opinion was mis-sold/represented and incompetently implemented by the VAR. The board of directors had their sights set on global domination having just set up a second branch in Australia with plans (read dreams) to open multiple sites in mainland Europe. SAP was never implemented in the Australia branch and the company started to buckle with the costs of running it.

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