SAP Declares Definitive Leadership in Retail Industry

The new offering from SAP provides “safe passage” to retailers facing the uncertainties arising from the acquisition of Retek by Oracle Corporation and challenges companies may face over the next several years. The announcement was made at the Retail Systems Conference and Exposition being held in Chicago, Illinois, May 24 — 26, where SAP also announced Wickes Furniture (see press release titled, “Wickes Furniture to Drive Retail Growth with SAP”) as the latest significant win in a string of new retail customer relationships that include Fossil, The Home Depot, Limited Brands, Inc., Oreck and Wawa.

Retail safe passage program provides investment protection

Designed to address Retek customers’ concerns over the future road map of their solutions under Oracle, the retail Safe Passage program provides Retek customers not only protection for their past investments but also a secure migration path to service-enabled applications based on the SAP NetWeaver platform. As the world’s leading provider of business software solutions and a recognized retail industry leader, SAP offers customers the security of a technology partner with a clearly defined blueprint for migration to a service-oriented architecture (SOA) and the ability to deliver the next generation of retail solutions. Under the retail Safe Passage program designed specifically for Retek customers, SAP is offering qualified retailers:

  • a credit of up to 75 percent of their original Retek software licensing fees against the licensing of solutions within the SAP for Retail industry solution portfolio
  • an on-site business case benefits assessment of migrating from Retek to SAP, delivered by SAP or one of its retail industry partners
  • a fixed-bid, modular-based, proven implementation strategy approach following the assessment
  • project team training for new customers

Through the program, retailers running Retek applications will be able to have access to the SAP NetWeaver platform, allowing them to leverage existing IT investments in an integrated solution landscape, enabling flexible business processes across the entire company. By leveraging SAP NetWeaver, retailers can limit the complexity of IT while driving innovation, reducing costs and pursuing flexible business strategies and processes to position their businesses for future growth.
“A company’s ongoing business must be earned each and every day, and this program gives Retek customers the choice of dealing with the industry leader with proven technology instead of making a forced march down an ill-defined path,” said Jim McMurray, senior vice president, Retail, SAP America, Inc. “In an industry faced with daily pressures on margins, performance and the bottom line, SAP offers retailers concrete solutions to succeed today and adapt to the changing industry landscape of the future.”
The special offer for retailers builds upon the Safe Passage Program initially introduced by SAP for Peoplesoft and JD Edwards customers. (see January 19, 2005 press release titled, “SAP Provides Safe Passage for Its Customers Running PeopleSoft and JD Edwards Solutions” or April 4, 2005 press release titled, “SAP Extends Safe Passage Program to All PeopleSoft and JD Edwards Customers in United States”)

Source: SAP AG