Mid-market Companies in Asia Pacific Reaping Significant Benefits from SAP® Best Practices

May 5, 2004 by SAP News 0

Global Study Reveals that SAP Best Practices Reduce Implementation Costs and Accelerate Return on Investment

SingaporeSAP today announced the results of a new global study revealing that companies applying the SAP® Best Practices offering while implementing SAP software solutions, reduce implementation costs and expedite returns on investment. The study, conducted by the Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences, surveyed 192 companies across the world in a wide range of industries that have recently implemented SAP software solutions with built-in industry best practices.

Based on the combination of questionnaires and follow-up phone interviews, the study found that on average SAP Best Practices reduce overall project risk by 71 percent, project costs by 20 percent, and total cost of ownership for the companies surveyed decreased by 11 percent.

SAP Best Practice Continues to Drive Value for Customers in Asia Pacific
One of the Asia-based companies that took part in the research was AJBS, a hardware company based in Surabaya, Indonesia with branches across several cities in West Java employing over 160 employees. AJBS implemented SAP For Retail with the following modules: Financial & Controlling, Merchandising, Logistics, Sales & Distribution and a Point Of Sales Interface.

AJBS’ IT Manager said “By adopting SAP’s Best Practice, we were able to quickly grow, and soon we will be spreading our wings by opening branches in Jakarta, Bali and Singapore.”

Sparkice, the leading e-Hub for Global Trade in China, has also implemented and continues to benefit from ChinaMainframe, a prepackaged SAP solution by SAP Partner UTIC Meida based on SAP Best Practices. According to Sparkice’s Chairman and CEO, “We are extremely pleased wit the prepackaged SAP solution based on SAP Best Practices. ChinaMainframe is the ideal asset we need to support the growth of our company, while consequently adding to our overall offerings by using the well-known SAP system.”

A New Zealand-based electronics supplier, Rakon, started utilizing SAP’s Best Practices offering in January. According to Rakon’s General Manager, David Grant, “SAP Best Practices implementation allowed us to roll out our SAP project in a very tight timeframe of less than three months as the ‘go live’ deadline could not be moved. We would not have been able to achieve this implementation using a traditional approach.”

SAP has also successfully worked with another Indonesian organization, P.T. Belfoods Indonesia (Belfoods), the country’s leading and fastest growing distributor and producer of frozen and dry goods. The company expects to achieve a growth rate of 100% this year. As Belfood’s previous IT system failed to keep pace with the company’s rapid growth, Belfood’s board decided to implement mySAP ERP with these solutions – financial, production and planning, material management, sales and distribution and cost and controlling.

According to Leo Budijaya, IT Director of P.T. Belfoods Indonesia, “Adopting SAP Best Practices will make our business process more efficient, improve accuracy and speed in our data acquisition and help us gain flexibility. These three aspects will become Belfood’s key factors in gaining a strong competitive advantage and helping maximize customer value.”

SAP Best Practices comprise proven implementation tools, configurations and methodologies—a knowledge base of documented business and technical scenarios from more than 30 years of successful deployments of SAP software solutions for organizations of all sizes and industries. Available to both new and existing SAP customers, SAP Best Practices help ensure a consistent prototype approach from software evaluation and project planning to deployment and training. SAP Best Practices thus became a powerful platform for SAP’s activities to package competitive solutions for midmarket customers.

For more information on the study or on SAP Best Practices:
bestpractices@sap.com
http://www.sap.com/bestpractices
or http://service.sap.com/bestpractices
(customers and partners)