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For those navigating the R/3 upgrade crossroads, SAP ERP 6.0 offers continued support plus benefits

by Graceanne Bowe

April 6, 2010

SAP ends maintenance of its R/3 4.6C platform this year, leaving many customers at a crossroads--either pay expensive maintenance fees, or spend the money on an upgrade to SAP ERP 6.0.  R/3 4.7 are not far behind--extended maintenance on that platform ends in 2012. For many who have been happy with their current systems, it seems like a no-win situation.

However, it's not all doom and gloom.  For customers who choose to upgrade to SAP ERP 6.0, opportunities abound.  Functionality improvement, the opportunity to reduce custom code modifications, and the ability to streamline the overall landscape and reduce TCO all add to the appeal of an SAP ERP 6.0 upgrade.  Combine all this with the ease of adding new functionality via SAP enhancement packages, and an upgrade becomes a proposition companies can't afford to ignore.

Getting the most value from your upgrade investment requires a careful approach to requirements gathering, project planning and scoping, and ROI calculation.   SAP systems don't run in a vaccuum, and an upgrade affects not only your ERP platform, but every piece of hardware and software it touches. Add to that the critical decisions that need to be made about which new functionality to add and whether to incorporate SAP enhancement packages into the mix, and the upgrade can seem overwhelming.

Fortunately, all is not lost.  Resources from SAP and information providers, such as SAPinsider, are available to help customers ensure that they maxi mize upgrade ROI and keep their projects on track. Beginning June 23-26 in  Copenhagen, SAPinsider launches a traveling seminar, "SAP ERP Upgrades & Enhancement Packages" ( packed with comprehensive education designed to help you plan and execute a successful upgrade project from beginning to end.  A mix of speakers from the SAP Upgrade Competency Center and independent experts ensure a balanced approach to the program. From June through December, the seminar visits Copenhagen, Philadelphia, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Amsterdam.  Even if you're just starting to consider an upgrade project, I encourage you to check it out.



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