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SAP NetWeaver, Development Subscription

Hi, I think I was delighted a few months back to hear that SAP had started to consider a Development Subscription. Back then it was limited to the US and Germany but I received another mail today and it is still just the US and Germany.

First of all, is my enthusiasm justified? Is this a subscription like MSDN from Microsoft? i.e. do I get a SAP ERP system plus all the Netweaver tools to develop with?

If so, why is it taking so long to get a UK subscription? (and others).

To me it exposes an internal anarchy with each subsidiary attempting to run itself as an independent entity. Not at all what I would expect from a German firm.


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    Posted on Mar 19, 2008 at 09:56 PM

    1) Yes, this program is comparable what MSDN does. But no, we do not have an ERP system included, though we are working on offering that in some form (probably hosted). But you do get the whole NW stack (please look at to find out more)

    2) Why only US and Germany? We are working to expand it to other countries, but please do not underestimate the effort to do so. Beside legal issues there are also many technical (pricing in multiple currencies and tax rates), as well as import taxes (e.g. India has a 50% tax on imports for software, if the software is shipped from our shipping center in Germany).

    So those are the things that we are struggling with and that's why we haven't yet an offer for countries other than US and Germany. But we are working on it.


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    Posted on Apr 02, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Thanks for that answer!

    It is a good answer but ...

    Ok there are problems in India but we have had the Euro for a while now. I don't see why the German offer is not available across Europe.

    Also the MSDN offer covers almost all Microsoft products, whereas the key product is missing from this offer. In the past SAP have offered an evaluation system on the internet (circa 2002) but I don't think that worked well or is still there today.

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