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  • Enterprise Resource Planning systems (ERPs) aim to integrate all data and processes of an organization into a unified system Typical ERP system will use multiple components of computer software and hardware to achieve the integration Key ingredient of most ERP systems is the use of a unified database to store data for the various system modules.
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  • SAP in ERP – A Bird's Eye View

    1. 1. SAP in ERP – A Bird’s Eye View <ul><li>Department of Information Systems and Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>College of Business </li></ul><ul><li>Lamar University </li></ul>
    2. 2. Business Needs Global Operations Heterogeneous Solutions Business Processes <ul><li>Different locations </li></ul><ul><li>Different countries </li></ul><ul><li>Different languages </li></ul><ul><li>Different time zones </li></ul><ul><li>Central vs. distributed </li></ul>
    3. 3. Business Needs contd. Global Operations Heterogeneous Solutions Business Processes <ul><li>Different applications </li></ul><ul><li>Different technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Different vendors </li></ul><ul><li>Point-to-point integration </li></ul><ul><li>Custom-made solutions </li></ul>
    4. 4. Business Needs contd. Global Operations Heterogeneous Solutions Business Processes
    5. 5. An Introduction to ERP ERP Financials Distribution E-Commerce Human Resources Workflow CRM Manufacturing ERP
    6. 6. <ul><li>ERP scope has expanded dramatically and usually includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manufacturing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supply Chain Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customer Relationship Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data Warehouse </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Large organisations want to implement standard processes and systems across divisions and subsidiaries </li></ul><ul><li>ERP offers attractive, integrated solutions </li></ul><ul><li>The market for these solutions is huge.  </li></ul>Scope of ERP
    7. 7. <ul><li>ERP market dominated by SAP, Oracle, Microsoft worth USD 40 billion </li></ul><ul><li>SAP is the biggest and most popular </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Founded in 1972 by five ex-IBM employees, by 2005, there were 100,600 installations worldwide, with over 25 industry-specific modules in the SAP portfolio. SAP is the world's third-largest independent software vendor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Founded in 1977, Oracle were first to market a reliable relational database </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The second largest software company after Microsoft </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Since the 1990s, they have marketed Financial, HR and other solutions and through a series of acquisitions, including PeopleSoft and Siebel is now the second largest ERP vendor after SAP. [3] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Microsoft, also started in 1977 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>dominate the proprietary software market on the desktop and small to medium servers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft were a big Siebel software user but since Oracle acquired Siebel, they have worked hard to build an ERP product suite of their own and are now probably in third place in ERP </li></ul></ul>The ERP Market
    8. 8. <ul><li>ERP services market possibly worth more than USD 100 billion </li></ul><ul><li>Accenture, IBM, CapGemini, Deloitte, CSC, HP and others have substantial ERP practices </li></ul><ul><li>ERP services include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consultancy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Configuration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application hosting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implementation and deployment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full-process outsourcing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Projects tend to be large, long term, business critical and big-budget. USD 30m implementation projects are not unusual.  </li></ul>SAP Services Market
    9. 9. <ul><li>ERP implementation projects typically have a mix of the following disciplines: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Package configuration and/or parameterisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Package customisation (including programming) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infrastructure development/upgrading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration with legacy systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data migration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business change (process design and training) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Testing (typically unit, sub-system integration, system-system integration, acceptance) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Most projects are large scale and critical. </li></ul><ul><li>Travel may be required on the job. </li></ul>The Nature of ERP Implementation Projects
    10. 10. <ul><li>SAP NetWeaver </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise Service Architecture (ESA) & Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) </li></ul><ul><li>SAP and Microsoft Duet project integrates SAP back office data with the ubiquitous Office suite from Microsoft </li></ul><ul><li>SAP for small and mid sized business ( SAP BusinessOne) </li></ul><ul><li>Business ByDesign based on Software as a service (SaaS) model . </li></ul>Ever Evolving SAP
    11. 11. How to learn <ul><li>SAP educational alliance ( get access to SAP system first!!!) </li></ul><ul><li>Take right courses (Functional areas, BI, ...etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Student projects & Research projects </li></ul><ul><li>SAP Developer </li></ul><ul><li>Network( </li></ul><ul><li>ASUG (American SAP Users Group – </li></ul><ul><li>Service Market Place ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>SAP Internship & other </li></ul>
    12. 12. Career tracks
    13. 13. Wrap-up <ul><li>SAP is one of the dominant player </li></ul><ul><li>SAP Service industry is huge </li></ul><ul><li>Take right courses </li></ul><ul><li>Be part of the community to learn </li></ul>