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Future of SAP

Just the other day I was wondering whether we would still have SAP at the time of our retirement.

The more I think about it, the more I feel that SAP would not last more than 10 to twelve years.

Are my concerns justified, considering the past couple of decades have seen the demise of MRP systems. Will there not be one day when ERP will become obsolete and SAP no longer the best choice??

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Ravi Bhatnagar

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    Posted on Feb 13, 2008 at 05:41 AM

    I think that SAP will last for a long time. However SAP will have to innovate as it faces competitive threats.

    The two major threats to SAP for the 21st century are:

    1. Open Source Software

    2. Microsoft

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    Al Lal

    www.olap.wetpaint.com

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  • Posted on Feb 13, 2008 at 08:11 AM

    I cannot comment specifically on "SAP would not last more than 10 to twelve years".

    But the point you mentioned about demise of MRP system is porbably not correct.

    Logistics domain of which MRP was a central pillar has evolved to MRPII, ERP and now SCM.

    There are advances happening in the domain and accordingly in the IT applications.

    SAP as a company has also evolved from a single product R/3 (which is commonly and incorrectly referred to as SAP) to a suite of business applications catering to the different domains namely SCM (earlier APO), CRM, SRM etc.

    On the technical front also SAP has evolved catching on the latest bandwagon of Service Orientation.

    So the question whether "we would still have SAP at the time of our retirement" depends on two aspects. One what is the timeline of retiring and whether its SAP R/3 or ERP or SAP as company per se.

    Considering a timeline of 10 years I shall safely bet my money on a) SAP as a company still existing (and growing) b) SAP R/3 or ERP or ECC as a solution - not being there but replaced by the so-called BPP (Business Process Platform).

    Just my 2 cents.

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    Somnath

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    Posted on Feb 13, 2008 at 09:08 AM

    Hi,

    Of course, SAP will disappear some day in the future. Nothing is eternel, but I'm not afraid for my retirement in 20 years.

    Just think about how it would cost to change their ERP software for companies which have been using it for the last 10 years.

    A lot of 35 years old cobol programs run daily in the world biggest banks...

    Regards,

    Olivier

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    Posted on Feb 15, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    SAP will never be obslete.

    Companies are still using C,C++,Java,COBOL,FORTRANetc............

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    Posted on Feb 28, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Folks,

    An SAP professional need not worry about the SAP products suddenly falling out of the sky. So much of corporate data is locked away in SAP product databases.

    What one needs to consider is the need to keep pace with changes in SAP product technologies.

    In that respect, SDN has been a great help.

    Mathew.

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    Posted on Mar 17, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Guys,

    We are I think missing the point. I do not think that the technology is at risk - it is more that the available skills to support it and make sure that it meets the customer requirements are the major constraint to longetivity.

    As a BPX focussed kind of guy we know that it is possible to abap any requirements necessary - the challenge is to ensure that business processes are correct before we try and code our way out of problems. The UK has a mature SAP market (both in terms of customers and SAP professionals). The issue, and shortage of labour, is more around understanding businesses and what standard SAP can do out-of-the-box.

    Earlier in this thread someone mentioned cell-phones. How many of us can honestly say they know how all of the menu options work on their own phones? New functionality is being brought out all the time - and still we use only a small % of the stuff we are given for free. With SAP the same is true.

    I think we should be able to get end customers to see the benefits of other % of the software that they don't use. This will reduce maintenance costs and reliance on external datastores or programs or even Zfunctionality when standard SAP could handle the job just as well. However to so this the SAP professionals need to know this stuff first.

    Just a thought.

    James

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    Posted on Apr 01, 2008 at 04:58 AM

    Hi All,

    In the world of technology advancement is always required and till the time the particular technology is able to meet the market/customer requirement it will keep going in the market.

    Long back there was a question, will SUN will survive in the mrket with Core JAVA and then they come up with N numbers of new technologies and these days they rule the Appication development part. Same question raised with SAP that what after ABAP and the traditional things and they come up with NetWeaver and many others products as includes GRC and again ruled the market.

    In my perspective; till the time SAP is able to meet the expectations of the technical market with its enhancement in the existing product or by coming up with new product there is no point that SAP would not last for a specific period of time. Might be in future "Enhanced s/w in the new bottle" or "The whole new brand s/w" will keep ruling the ERP industry.

    Regards,

    Subhasha

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    Posted on Jul 02, 2008 at 08:56 AM

    Hi,

    Very good, itu2019s a hypothetical Question. But Itu2019s a very much common Question for those knows and practical experience about Software engineering field. I was also very much conscious about the same, before came into SAP BASIS. After a long thought process I have decided that I will the part of SAP Community. Just because itu2019s a Popularity and Dedication for Research and Development continuity.

    The main reason of long stability and sustainability is it R&D expenditure around 20% of earning. This will be the key success for Running SAP in Year 2050.

    Regards,

    Gokul Chandola

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    Posted on Jul 08, 2008 at 09:15 PM

    It is in the hands of Oracle corp. I guess and the sucess of their upcoming product - Fusion. Always wondered why SAP did not have its own data base. It is/was easy for Oracle to move on from an database vendor to the applications space and possibly thrive grabbing SAP's market share. Only time will tell.....

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