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The SAP BI and ERP Survey Results – Key Factors for Outsourcing

by Dr. Berg

September 29, 2011

Since there are little facts and figures available on actual SAP outsourcing I decided to collect some real data. For two years I collected 1,889 surveys from participants at four major SAP conferences and worked with Dr. Stylianou at the University of North Carolina to make sense of the results. This blog will show some of our key findings:

 By Dr. Berg

The Differences between ERP and BI Outsourcing

Companies are looking at different factors when deciding to outsource ERP and BI. For example, for the 19 top reasons given by companies there are stark differences.

 The Most Important Factors to consider when outsourcing SAP BI

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The Most Important Factors to consider when outsourcing SAP ERP

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Key Learning:

Companies should not consider outsourcing “SAP”, but instead treat ERP and BW/BI outsourcing as two separate decisions


I will publish more of the survey results over the next couple of weeks, but if you cannot wait, download the research paper we published in the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS).

Dr. Berg

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