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Dieter SteigerDieter Steiger The Cost Drivers for SAP

11/04/2010 by Dieter Steiger

SAP optimization harbors great potential for lowering costs over the long term. Implementing and operating SAP applications ends up being more expensive than necessary in most cases. Interests within the SAP community ensure that the operating costs for SAP remain high. Meanwhile, many SAP customers have lost a general overview of their SAP systems, rendering them dependent on SAP itself or a consulting firm specializing in SAP. Architecture errors often require systems to be more complex than necessary, and as a result, overly expensive to operate. Licensing and operating costs sometimes accumulate as well – for systems that companies often only use in part or not at all. SAP optimization harbors great potential for lowering costs over the long term.

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Dieter SteigerDieter Steiger SAP – costs too high by up to 30%!

11/02/2010 by Dieter Steiger

Experience shows that implementing and operating SAP applications typically costs 10-30% more than it should. SAP cleverly positions new systems on a regular basis that offer questionable benefits to customers within the overall context, and do not really contribute to an SAP optimization. Examples include Accelerated SAP (ASAP), SAP Netweaver and of course the Run SAP initiative with SAP Solution Manager.

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Dieter SteigerDieter Steiger SAP Template – basic rules for successful rollout

06/21/2010 by Dieter Steiger

For over 15 years, I worked on the topic of SAP change and configuration management. Time and again I encounter SAP consolidation projects from SAP R/3 to SAP R/3. The motivation for such projects is familiar to everyone – reduce costs for SAP operations. Unfortunately, we have seen that SAP has scarcely learned from experience. Already after going live with the first corporate subsidiary, the company is facing a dilemma of whether to go live with additional corporate subsidiaries and operate the first live launch as a competitor.

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Dieter SteigerDieter Steiger SAP Cloud Computing

06/11/2010 by Dieter Steiger

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Dieter SteigerDieter Steiger SAP Enhancement Packages not a “Panacea” after All

02/23/2009 by Dieter Steiger

The new concept of the Enhancement Packages (EhPs) from SAP is ingenious from a technical perspective. It’s actually too bad that SAP, the supplier par excellence for business software, has taken so long to create this software logistics concept. Based on the time and effort they’ve put in, any SAP CIO can tell you what this gap in the framework has cost customers. Yet it’s not quite as cut and dried as suggested in the Inside IT article entitled “No More Tedious Upgrades” dated February 4, 2009. The way Roche’s CIO Jennifer Allerton is quoted, one might be led to believe that specialists are no longer need for upgrades. Allerton explained to the Wall Street Journal that Roche had completed four complete upgrades in the last year, which required a team of 15 specialists. She believed that the new Business Suite would enable the company to avoid having to carry out upgrades. And this is a deadly fallacy.

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Dieter SteigerDieter Steiger SAP Consolidation – a Challenge to Further Development?

01/09/2009 by Dieter Steiger

In a highly interesting and descriptive blog posting on the SAP Community Network, Tao Zhang, who works for Benteler Group, discusses the SAP consolidation process. His article focuses on the challenges and potential benefits, approaching the issue from the company’s perspective.

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Dieter SteigerDieter Steiger Transport Management – SAP CTS+ will hardly straighten it out

11/24/2008 by Dieter Steiger

In my article on SAP Change and Transport Management, I discuss the topic of “measures that ensure horizontal and vertical consistency.” After attending the TechEd Berlin 2008, it appears that SAP and its Enhanced Change and Transport System CTS+ remain unwilling to accept this challenge but instead prefer to leave it up to customers and their consultants. “Thanks a bunch, SAP!” “Enhanced” basically just means the inclusion of additional Java objects in Transport Management.

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Dieter SteigerDieter Steiger SAP Business Process Change Analyzer – Does It Analyze Business Processes?

11/18/2008 by Dieter Steiger

Accompanied by considerable fanfare, SAP co-CEO Leo Apotheker introduced an SAP Solution Manager module called the SAP Business Process Change Analyzer (SAP BPCA) at this year’s TechEd in Berlin. So, what’s behind it? Can the Business Process Change Analyzer fulfill the expectations that its name suggests?

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Dieter SteigerDieter Steiger SAP Solution Manager – Does It Manage SAP Solutions?

11/17/2008 by Dieter Steiger

I was fortunate to attend various presentations on the topic of SAP’s solution management at SAP TechEd 2008 Berlin.

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Dieter SteigerDieter Steiger How not to Disclose a Secret – HP´s ERP4IT

08/11/2008 by Dieter Steiger

Whereas ERP is a synonym for software-supported Enterprise Planning and Controlling, ERP4IT stands for software-supported IT Planning and Controlling (ITPC).

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