27 March 2003 | Robin Parker
SAP is taking what it calls an "evolutionary approach" to enterprise resource planning (ERP) with the launch of software to help users implement applications on a gradual basis.
mySAP ERP combines ERP functions, such as finance, procurement and order management, with support for real estate and travel management.
The application is based on SAP's NetWeaver technology platform and enables companies to implement functions as they need them.
The components are more comprehensive than SAP's existing low-cost R/3 software, but stop short of the higher-cost complexity of the mySAP Business Suite.
Customers can upgrade to any of the suite's solutions as their business needs change.
Jim Shephard, an analyst at AMR Research, welcomed SAP's attempts to provide interim software for users daunted by the overwhelming size and scope of mySAP Business Suite.
"mySAP ERP is comprehensive enough to replace most companies' legacy systems and should be more appealing in a market in which buyers clearly favour smaller up-front commitments with optional incremental expansion,'" he said.
The launch comes as Hans Plattner, SAP's joint chief executive and co-founder, steps down, pending retirement.
SAP has also developed five bundled solutions for specific industries, including computer resellers and semiconductor manufacturers, and has strengthened its retail industry application.