SAP Japan Boosts Line-Up by Adding Industry-Specific/Product-Specific Packages to Its Automatic Setting Tool, SAP Best Practices

Meets diversifying needs of mid-sized businesses with automatic setting tools adapted to features of specific industries and products

TokyoSAP Japan Co., Ltd. today announced that it is to add new packages, tailored to three types of industry and two types of product, to SAP Best Practices, an automatic setting tool that substantially advances the process of installing backbone systems. The new package line-up for SAP Best Practices constitutes a tool that further advances the automation process, by providing pre-defined business scenarios and functional modules unique to each industry and product type. In addition to Baseline Package, which can be used for a broad range of industries and businesses and has been available since June, and SAP Best Practices for CRM, which is for use with mySAP CRM, three new industry-specific packages for the consumer finance, chemical, and industrial machinery & components industries, and two new product-specific packages adapted to the functions of Business Intelligence (SAP BI) and Enterprise Portal (SAP EP) will be available from today.

The new industry-specific and product-specific packages will be provided after verification by SAP Japan and its business partners. Through this means, partner companies will be able to obtain the latest information and technical know-how regarding the tools prior to general shipment, and suggest systems that utilize the merits of SAP Best Practices.

As a result of today’s new additions, the SAP Best Practices line-up comprises the following packages.

Industry-Specific SAP Best Practices

SAP Best Practices for Consumer Products – Food Industry: Available from today

Typical scenarios tailored to the industry
Lot traceability, from raw materials to final products, to ensure food safety
Dairy products value chain, encompassing business management from milking to manufacture and sale, and milk value calculation based on component value standards
Meat procurement and sale with adaptation to varying supply volumes

SAP Best Practices for Chemicals – Chemical Industry: Available from today

Typical scenarios tailored to the industry
Use of tanks, drums, and tank trucks essential to powder and liquid handling in the chemical industry

Procurement utilizing quality data for products managed in unified fashion, and production encompassing stages from in-house manufacture to outsourced processing
Reprocessing and repackaging to deliver grades and packaging styles in line with product demand

SAP Best Practices for Industry Machinery & Components – Industrial Machinery and Components Industry: Available from today

Typical scenarios tailored to the industry
Collaboration for new product development, both within a company and between companies
Project-style BTO production for profitable manufacturing that flexibly incorporates customers’ specifications
After-service that increases customer satisfaction through smooth maintenance service and replacement parts supply

Product-Specific SAP Best Practices

SAP Best Practices Baseline Package: Available since June 2005
SAP Best Practices for CRM: Available since June 2005
SAP Best Practices for Business Intelligence: Available from today
SAP Best Practices for Enterprise Portal: Available from today

SAP is enhancing the line-up of tools for SAP Best Practices, which has been developed on the basis of a 33-year track record of installation at about 27,000 companies. Through this means, SAP is resolving various issues related to installation, and providing powerful support for the evolution of IT in mid-sized businesses.

About SAP Best Practices

SAP Best Practices is an automatic setting tool that dramatically advances the conventional installation process and automates the installation of SAP products. It was released in June 2005, as a powerful support tool for SAP’s installation program for mid-sized businesses, mySAP All-in-One. By automating the work process that reflects in the system business scenarios in which labor-intensive work is required at the initial stage of installation, thereby substantially reducing the number of work processes, SAP Best Practices enables systems that deliver high customer satisfaction to be constructed quickly at low cost. Users need not be familiar with system terminology requiring specialist knowledge; instead, users simply select business processes using business-level terminology, and a fully operational system is automatically constructed. With SAP Best Practices, the necessary functions common to any industry, together with business scenarios unique to each industry, are encapsulated into functional units at the process level, and provided as building blocks. The basic settings for each building block are made in advance, and the building blocks can be used “as is” based on documents describing each function in detail, or set in accordance with users’ individual needs.

Partner Companies

As of November 2005, SAP has 23 business partners that are collaborating proactively to further advance businesses that have installed SAP Best Practices.

IPS Co., Ltd.
Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.
Canon System Solutions Inc.
CRESCO e-Solution Co., LTD.
Sumisho Computer Systems Corporation
TIS Consulting Ltd.
T4C co., ltd
Technos Japan Co., LTD.
Dell Japan Inc.
Nittetsu Hitachi Systems Engineering, Inc.
IBM Japan, Ltd.
Hewlett-Packard Japan, Ltd.
Hitachi Business International, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd.
Fujitsu, Ltd.
Mitsubishi Electric Information Systems Corporation
Ryoka Systems Inc.