According to the survey, in which 313 member companies of the German-Speaking SAP User Group (DSAG) participated, planned IT investments will drop by 7% this year. Of the total investment volume, 30% is destined to go toward solutions, products, and services from the world of SAP.
User focus is on SAP ERP. Some 47% of the companies questioned are already working with SAP ERP 6.0, whereas last year, only 37% were using the current release. Furthermore, 14% are planning upgrade projects for 2009. Of those 14%, more than half wants to install enhancement packages.
SAP release strategy finds favor
Commenting on the survey results, DSAG Chairman Prof. Karl Liebstückel says, “The SAP ERP 6.0 adoption rate among DSAG members in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland is higher compared with non-members. This is a clear indication that DSAG member companies are better informed about the added value of their IT investments.” He continues, “The results show that customers have embraced the SAP release strategy.”
While SAP users plan to invest in business intelligence solutions, SAP Solution Manager, and SAP NetWeaver Portal, investment in service-oriented architectures (SOA) is stagnating. For the majority of DSAG members, implementing a service-oriented architecture is not reason enough to perform an upgrade.
For 53% of those surveyed, the main reasons for an upgrade to SAP ERP 6.0 were technical ones. Some 46% stated that a desire for new functions was the biggest motivation.