With all the uncertainty in the economy, the rallying cry has gone out: Cut costs! Protect revenue! Increase efficiency! Tough economic times are putting pressure on margins, cash flow, and business performance.
This only underscores the value of SAP systems as keys to business performance, something we saw reflected at the recent Managing your SAP Projects 2008 conference in Orlando. The world stock markets were well into their wild roller coaster ride as our staff arrived at the event. What we found is that as attendees were moving forward with projects, the focus was increasingly on how these projects and their teams can promote efficiencies in every aspect of their business, not simply on the project at hand.
It was revealing that one of the most popular sessions was “How to Negotiate a Contract,” which drew a larger-than-expected audience. And not surprisingly, interest continues to be high in all things SAP Solution Manager — the critical tool for implementing an SAP-related project — as SAP customers ask how it will help them better manage growing IT landscapes.
The rallying cry has gone out from boardrooms everywhere. Now, there is increased interest on SAP-related projects and what they’ve always set out to do: help the business reduce costs, increase revenue, and mitigate risk. These are the very mandates that are now sweeping the corporate world, and they are what makes our readers’ efforts a critical pillar for managing business in challenging times.