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Are Rapid Deployment Solutions the wave of the future?

by Aj Whalen

December 14, 2011

AJ Whalen, Wellesley Information Services

Over the last couple of years, SAP has steadily introduced a series of fixed price, predefined software offerings called rapid-deployment solutions across many areas of supply chain management, procurement, manufacturing, PLM, and more. Rapid-deployment solutions (or RDS for short), offer everything you need to get up and running quickly with a specific solution or feature. Sounds great, but what are the benefits to selecting an RDS for your company?

Pre-configured content

Rapid-deployment solutions contain pre-configured content that is designed to allow you to use the functionality “out of the box”.  The plus to this is that it saves considerable time when implementing and allows you to standardize content. Organizations that are used to heavily customized content and business processes might not benefit as much from this.

Multiple deployment options

One of the benefits of rapid-deployment solutions is the flexibility to choose your deployment model. These solutions are available in traditional deployment models as well as hosted or subscription-based models. With many organizations looking into hosted or “pay as you go” models, this certainly opens up options that weren’t previously available.

Faster implementations

It goes without saying that if you are choosing pre-configured content with deployment options that go beyond traditional, time to go-live will be faster. This is definitely a benefit of rapid-deployment solutions.

So, how does all of this affect you? To find out firsthand, I invite you to attend the annual SAP Insider Logistics and Supply Chain Management 2012, PLM 2012, Manufacturing 2012, and Procurement and Supplier Management 2012 conferences this spring in Orlando (March 19-22) or Prague (April 25-27). SAP will be on hand and will have numerous sessions about RDS offerings, including supply network collaboration (SNC), SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (MII), transportation management, product structure synchronization, service parts planning, and more. You’ll come away from these sessions armed with the knowledge you will need to decide if RDS is the right option for your company.  And, there is no better place to get this information than in real-time at these conferences.  I hope to see you there!

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