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The IT Initiatives DSAG Members Are Tackling in 2007 — DSAG Announces Spring 2007 Survey Results

by Angelika Jung | SAPinsider

April 1, 2007

by Angelika Jung, DSAG SAPinsider - 2007 (Volume 8), April (Issue 2)

Angelika Jung
Media Relations Manager

Each year, DSAG surveys its member companies to gauge their planned and current IT spending levels, particularly as they relate to SAP solutions. Survey results allow us to evaluate the effectiveness of our past educational events and steer future initiatives.

Our latest survey revealed that, in 2007, DSAG members are exploring new trends in system landscape design, and are allocating more of their budgets to IT — overall, IT budgets have risen 6% since last year.

So How Are Members Allocating These Resources?

The survey, which drew responses from 337 members, showed that a significant number of respondents intend to move to mySAP ERP 2005, and for several reasons:

  • They are facing the end of maintenance for SAP R/3 releases

  • They want to employ the new functionality of mySAP ERP 2005

  • In some cases, they also recognize the switch as integral to their overall enterprise SOA strategy

"The results confirm a growing trend toward mySAP ERP 2005 use. Last year, most companies were in the planning stage. Now, upgrade projects are starting, and many SAP customers have already committed themselves to mySAP ERP 2005," said Alfons Wahlers, Chairman of DSAG.

In turn, DSAG plans to support an upgrades seminar and a mySAP ERP 2005 Theme Day in 2007.

What are DSAG members' planned SAP solution investments?

What are DSAG members' current SAP investments?


     • mySAP ERP 2005

     • mySAP Business Suite

     • License contracts for mySAP ERP

How are DSAG members allocating their IT budgets?


     • Consulting to support SAP solutions

     • Hardware to support SAP solutions

     • Software to support SAP solutions

A sampling of the questions in the February 2007 DSAG member survey, in which 337 members participated

Companies Embrace Enterprise SOA's Potential

Our survey also sought to gauge members' current interest in and understanding of enterprise SOA. Back in our March 2006 survey,1 responses revealed that members were looking for quantifiable evidence that enterprise SOA produces more efficient business processes. DSAG then called on SAP to provide more information about enterprise SOA's value-add to the business.

It appears these efforts have paid off. The results of our most recent survey show rising expectations and realizations about the benefits of enterprise SOA. In fact, a significant number of this year's respondents expected to attain more efficient business processes through this platform. This response has more than doubled compared to last year's survey. Furthermore, the number of companies that trust enterprise SOA to help them successfully adapt and model business processes has also more than doubled.

"There is still a great need for practical case studies that will show users the benefits, as well as the costs, of enterprise SOA. SAP is planning several events with us to teach various groups, from the CIO to the end user, about enterprise SOA," said Dr. Mario Günter, Managing Director of DSAG.

To learn more, and for detailed results to this survey, members can visit

1 See Alfons Wahlers’ “DSAG Offers Resources to Help SAP Customers Embrace Enterprise SOA” in the January-March 2007 issue of SAP Insider (

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