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Five Secrets to Stretching your IT Budget
 

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Orice companie are nevoie de un buget pentru investiile tehnologice. Dar ce faci atunci cand acesta este prea mare? Specialistii SAP iti recomanda implementarea unei solutii flexibile IT care sa se ...

Orice companie are nevoie de un buget pentru investiile tehnologice. Dar ce faci atunci cand acesta este prea mare? Specialistii SAP iti recomanda implementarea unei solutii flexibile IT care sa se adapteze evolutiei afacerii tale chiar si fara a suplimenta personalul din departamentul IT. O solutie flexibila ERP este implementata rapid, adoptata si intrebuintata cu usurinta de catre personal poate te poate ajuta sa iti eficientizezi cheltuielile IT.

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    • SAP Solutions for Small and Midsize Enterprises COST-EFFECTIVE ERP SOFTWARE FIVE SECRETS TO STRETCHING YOUR IT BUDGETYou want to support a grow- You need a flexible solution that can Finding a solution to fit your budget adapt and scale as your business grows, requires evaluating a range of deploy-ing business with valuable even without additional IT staff or re- ment options, including on premise, onsoftware and IT support, but sources to support it. And you need this demand, on device, and hosted. Start-up world-class enterprise resource planning costs can range from a few hundredyou have limited budget and (ERP) software within your budget and dollars per user per month for a sub-resources. Outdated appli- time horizon. In short, you need an af- scription to a few thousand dollars to fordable and flexible ERP solution that implement a basic business intelligencecations and countless inte- can be implemented quickly, adopted (BI) solution. Growing in popularity aregration challenges leave you rapidly, and maintained easily. outsourced on-demand solutions. You pay a monthly fee that includes softwarelittle time to provide the kind Working with a tight IT budget? No need application use, hardware infrastructure,of strategic IT support that to despair. Get in on these five secrets database, backup and security, support, and get the most for your IT spend. and updates. For software as a servicecan help move the business (SaaS), the vendor handles manage-forward. Secret #1: Consider Your Options, ment, monitoring, and maintenance of Then Get a Price Up Front hardware, database, and software infra- structure – so be sure to check each po-How to do more with less? What will it cost to implement the enter- tential vendor’s reputation and reliability. prise resource planning (ERP) solution According to IDC, “SaaS can provideOne approach is to “use your business needs to stay competi- lower-cost, efficient choices for building,technology rather than more tive? It shouldn’t be a secret. To get an testing, and deploying certain applica-staff to get the job done,” a accurate estimate – and find an afford- tions and software services, and it able solution that fits your budget – offers new go-to-market choices overtrend noted in a recent IDC you must understand all project compo- traditional managed services.”2executive brief.1 What you nents, including not only the solution itself but also its implementation. A typi- Finally, ask each vendor for an up-frontneed is an infrastructure that cal software implementation includes price for solution plus implementation –runs the business – whether costs related to licensing or subscription or ask about a package that includes fees, implementation, testing, and train- software, hardware, and services. Thisthat means offering support ing. In addition to evaluating the up-front eliminates surprises and ensures thatacross time zones or com- outlay, look for a solution that minimizes you stay within budget. ongoing maintenance, administrative,plying with new accounting and IT support expenses. An affordableregulations – while driving ERP solution is one that can be main- tained without an extensive infrastructureprocess efficiencies. or expensive IT resources.1. IDC Executive Brief, Three Truths to Guide SMBs Toward Capitalizing on the Economic Turnaround, June 2010.2. Robert Mahowald, IDC Analyst Connection, Software as a Service: A Cheaper, Faster Way to Access Applications, December 2009.
    • Secret #2: Pay Only for What mon as they are frightening. An imple- maximum productivity and performance.You Use mentation that drags on effectively elimi- A single solution also reduces the need nates any chance at rapid time to value. for challenging system integration workAnother way to stay within a tight bud- and provides a platform for standardiza-get is to start small, limiting your initial In reality, you can implement a sophisti- tion, so you can review business pro-investment, then adding functionality as cated ERP solution in as little as a few cesses across the company, identifyingyour business expands. For this pay-as- weeks, depending on your require- and prioritizing opportunities to cutyou-grow strategy, you need a solution ments. Look for a vendor that uses waste, redundancy, and costs. Withflexible enough to expand as you grow – best-practice methodologies to save built-in business analytics and best prac-highly configurable and comprehensive time and streamline implementations. tices, you can improve your ability tosoftware that adapts quickly to your Choose a solution that can be imple- support the business. Intuitive, easy-to-business, without the need to buy or mented within a manageable time frame use dashboards and reporting help yourintegrate additional software. For exam- – 12, 8, or 4 weeks. You want a solution employees present data in new waysple, you might need a solution that can that gets you up and running quickly, for deeper insight and maximumsupport International Financial Reporting providing the valuable insights needed productivity.Standards (IFRS) and U.S. GAAP simul- to realize your growth and profitabilitytaneously yet also support additional goals. Secret #5: Take Advantage ofcurrencies and languages as you enter Training Opportunitiesnew geographic markets. Or you might Secret #4: Document andhave pressing customer relationship Drive Efficiencies Another secret for getting the most frommanagement (CRM) issues that require your IT spend is to take advantage ofyou to implement ERP with CRM func- Historically, one of the primary roles of available training to get your employeestionality; later you may want to add BI. IT has been a driver of cost efficiency – up and running quickly on any new soft- within IT and across the business. ware. Often overlooked and underval-Look for a solution with modular design, Through IT automation, standardization, ued, training is critical for reducing thewhich makes it easier to start small, and process efficiencies, you can re- time to value of your investment.focusing on your most pressing needs, duce costs while improving productivity.then adding users and functionality as For your employees, automated routine According to a report by Michaelyou go. IDC research confirms this business processes save time and free Doane, a leading expert on enterprisebenefit for on-demand solutions: “For resources for higher-value projects. For software and training, “On average,smaller organizations, SaaS is particu- IT, standardization means you spend clients invest only 4% to 5% of theirlarly appealing because it allows cus- less time on system maintenance and implementation budget on training, oftomers to pay for what they use and more time implementing innovative which about 50% is dedicated to thedeploy applications quickly with less in- functionality. But if your company has end users and the rest go to the internalhouse staff and fewer related costs.”3 disparate systems running different project team and executive awareness. parts of your operations, you may be Worse, since end user training is theSecret #3: Implement Quickly spending too much time troubleshooting penultimate step before Go-Live, a and maintaining integration points – and stage when both budgets and schedulesIt’s no secret that the longer the imple- not enough looking for opportunities to are stretched thin, many clients cheapmentation, the more it will cost. You reduce costs and improve productivity. out and provide foreshortened initialcan’t afford a lengthy or expensive ERP training.”4implementation. Stories of multiyear A single, integrated solution simplifiessoftware implementations that explode your IT infrastructure and makes itboth budgets and timelines are as com- easier to align business functions for3. Ibid.4. Michael Doane, Your Users Are Stumbling and Your Business Is Suffering: How cutting SAP Training could make bad times worse, June 2010.2
    • does that mean for you? Better use of IT resources, increased solution flexibility, and rapid implementation. In short, better software, better support, and far less stress. From licensing agreements to monthly subscription plans, SAP has a solution to fit your budget, timeline, and objec- tives. Use one of the following afford- able SAP solutions for small businesses and midsize companies to solve impor- tant problems today – and position IT to support your company’s future: • The SAP® Business One application gives you software for key business activities, eliminating the complexity SAP offers a range of ERP solutions for small busi- and expense of integrating multiple solutions. It can be deployed quickly nesses and midsize companies, allowing you to and requires minimal maintenance. spend less money and IT effort on implementing and • The SAP Business ByDesign™ solu- tion is delivered on demand, giving managing solutions. Each complete and integrated you powerful SAP software without SAP solution comes with the functionality you need the need for a costly IT infrastructure and staff – all for a low monthly fee. to run your business. • SAP Business All-in-One solutions give you sophisticated applications and state-of-the-art technology that can be adapted easily to fit changingTo maximize your return, leverage the Get the Best ERP Software Within business needs. The SAP Businesscombination of course offerings, con- Your Budget All-in-One fast-start program simplifiestext, and delivery options that meets evaluation and implementation foryour budget, enables readiness, and You want world-class ERP software that quicker time to value and lower totalhelps your organization move from vi- is affordable, flexible, and quick to imple- cost of ownership.sion to realization through application ment and adopt while driving further IT • SAP BusinessObjects™ Edge BI soft-proficiency. efficiencies. SAP offers a range of ERP ware is a comprehensive BI solution solutions for small businesses and mid- specifically packaged and priced forWhether you need standard project- size companies, allowing you to spend midsize companies.team training, customized courses, or less money and IT effort on implement-certification, you need a vendor that ing and managing solutions. For more information about SAP solu-offers a comprehensive portfolio of ap- tions for small businesses and midsizeplications and technical training as well Each complete and integrated SAP companies, visit www.sap.com/sme.as education services designed to train solution comes with the functionalityyour employees rapidly and efficiently. you need to run your business. What 3
    • 50 104 475 (11/03) Printed in USA.©2011 SAP AG. All rights reserved.SAP, R/3, SAP NetWeaver, Duet, PartnerEdge, ByDesign,SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, StreamWork, and other SAP productsand services mentioned herein as well as their respective logos aretrademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany andother countries.Business Objects and the Business Objects logo, BusinessObjects,Crystal Reports, Crystal Decisions, Web Intelligence, Xcelsius, andother Business Objects products and services mentioned herein as wellas their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks ofBusiness Objects Software Ltd. Business Objects is an SAP company.Sybase and Adaptive Server, iAnywhere, Sybase 365, SQL Anywhere,and other Sybase products and services mentioned herein as wellas their respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks ofSybase, Inc. Sybase is an SAP company.All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarksof their respective companies. Data contained in this document servesinformational purposes only. National product specifications may vary.These materials are subject to change without notice. These materialsare provided by SAP AG and its affiliated companies (“SAP Group”)for informational purposes only, without representation or warranty ofany kind, and SAP Group shall not be liable for errors or omissions withrespect to the materials. The only warranties for SAP Group productsand services are those that are set forth in the express warranty state-ments accompanying such products and services, if any. Nothing hereinshould be construed as constituting an additional warranty. www.sap.com /contactsap