SAP has introduced a new methodology and toolkit, dubbed Accelerated SAP, in a bid to reduce the time it takes to implement its R/3 enterprise resource planning applications.
The supplier has come under sustained criticism for the length of time it takes to install its flagship product, but is now rolling out the programme to systems integrators and resellers to try and do something about the problem.
David Hughes-Soloman, SAP?s marketing and technical director, said: ?This is aimed at people who are fit to use the Business Engineer methodology, formerly known as the Business Engineering Workbench. Such customers would simply want to replace an older system with SAP rather than totally change their business. They can use the methodology as guidelines, but it won?t make a difference if you need to undertake change management.?
Accelerated SAP also comprises implementation tools, templates, documentation and a questionnaire, so users can assess and focus on their needs. The scheme is being offered by VARs in the form of the Focus programme. - At SAP?s annual earnings conference this week, the company reaffirmed its forecast that worldwide sales would grow by between 25-30 per cent this year to between $2.75-2.84 billion, while earnings were likely to grow a couple of percentage points faster.
But, it declined to comment on first quarter results, due on 22 April, except to say they were in line with analysts? expectations.
However, it did predict that headcount could increase by as many as 3,000 staff this year, 1,200 of which would be based at German headquarters in Walldorf.
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