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End of Maintenance Driving SAP ERP Upgrades

by Jacquelyn Howard

August 3, 2010

Recently I reviewed Panaya’s survey of 145 SAP customers on their SAP ERP upgrade projects. (You can download a free copy of the survey from Panaya’s Web site.) While many companies are planning upgrades based on the end of maintenance for SAP R/3 4.6 at the end of this year (54%), it appears that of the respondents upgrading their SAP ERP systems, many are upgrading from SAP ERP 5.0 (formerly known as my SAP ERP 2004). These companies report that they are looking for access to the latest technology as well as improved usability.

Interestingly enough, more than half of those companies that are upgrading their SAP ERP systems report that Unicode conversion is part of the upgrade plan. I’ve been noticing the same trend with our SAP Professional Journal subscribers. Our surveys to subscribers are currently out and we are starting to review the preliminary results. (Don’t worry — you have until August 6 to respond if received the survey invitation and you haven’t had a chance to take the survey yet.)

For those who are planning Unicode conversions, I highly recommend Alexander Davidenkoff’s article “Provide accurate and consistent language support for your global MDMP systems by converting to Unicode.” In his article, Alexander explains how to convert your Multi-Display/Multi-Processing (MDMP) sy stems to Unicode, including the pre- and post-processing steps you need to take to convert your data.

As we further analyze our survey results, I will share with you our findings. One thing we’ve noted at this point is that apart from SAP ERP upgrades, many of the surveyed companies are not planning other projects in the next 12 months. Of those companies that are planning projects, I was surprised to see so many planning on implementing Xcelsius.

What about you? Are you currently planning an SAP ERP or Xcelsius implementation/upgrade?

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