Client Server Labs (CSL) is the first benchmarking company in the UK to measure performance of integrated enterprise applications such as SAP.
The benchmark, named APmark, is designed to work in conjunction with a new Lifecycle Assessment Service from management consultancy KMPG, which measures the value of investments in applications at any point in an implementation lifecycle.
?Everyone focuses on hardware but it is only 10 per cent of the cost of an implementation,? said Bill Wallet, vice president of sales and marketing at CSL. ?APmark is different from most benchmarks. It measures an entire environment as opposed to individual components like CPU speed or transaction speed.?
According to Wallet the benchtest is based on the output from a day's production in a fictional chemical company. ?We have built a fixed number of transaction modules. We can then lift that up and put whatever we want underneath it - for example different databases, network topologies or servers. We can change any component and see how it would affect the whole,? continued Wallet. "And we can further customise the APmark throughout the lifecycle.?
KPMG?s role is to analyse the results of the test. Its service, which will combine traditional KPMG consulting with the CSL benchmark, will be generally available in the third quarter this year for SAP installations. Services for Baan, Oracle and Peoplesoft applications will begin in the first quarter of 1998.
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