Mid-Market Companies Save Implementation Time, Lower Costs and Reduce Project Risk with SAP® Best Practices

Increased Regional Momentum and SAP Customer Survey Confirm that Customers Value High Solution Fit and Added Project Confidence Delivered Through SAP® Best Practices

SingaporeSAP Asia Pacific today announced that a rapidly growing number of mid-market customers are embracing the benefits of SAP® Best Practices to increase project success, while lowering the costs and complexity of their implementation projects.

The SAP Best Practices offerings are targeted at mid-market companies lacking the time, personnel and budget to take on extensive software implementation projects. They deliver pre-configured business scenarios that help companies accelerate implementations, reduce risk and rapidly realize business benefits in their areas of immediate need. With the launch this week of the Thai-version of SAP Best Practices for mySAP™ ERP, SAP Best Practices offerings are currently available in seven markets across Asia Pacific, including Australia, China, India, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and now Thailand.

Based on the best business practices of more than 6,000 customers worldwide in over 20 industries, SAP Best Practices deliver proven methodology, documentation, and pre-configuration that enable rapid, reliable deployment with quick return on investment. SAP Best Practices can reduce implementation time for complete mySAP ERP solutions to a matter of months and, for individual mySAP components like Financials, time-to-benefit can be as short as five weeks. Currently, there are six SAP Best Practices offerings for more than 12 different industry segments, including financials, procurement, sales and manufacturing.

“The best practices used by our Fortune 500 customers are now available for midsized businesses in seven countries in Asia Pacific thanks to the new Thai-version of SAP Best Practices for mySAP ERP,” said Robert Vetter, SAP Asia Pacific Vice President, Business Development. “SAP understands the business fundamentals needed to address the unique needs of the mid-market sector in Asia Pacific and realizes their processes can be just as complex as those of their larger enterprise counterparts. We’re pleased to see so many businesses in Asia Pacific taking advantage of this way to turn SAP’s years of solution and industry experience into valuable competitive advantage to stay ahead in their dynamic markets.”

A number of companies around Asia Pacific are already realizing the benefits from SAP Best Practices, including Farmers Trading Company (New Zealand); Rakon (New Zealand); Guangzhou NCM Co. Ltd., Sparkice (China); Chien Luen Industries (China); Coship Electronics (China); Orchid Pharmaceuticals (India); PT AJBS (Indonesia); and PT Belfoods (Indonesia).

“SAP Best Practices has helped us substantially improve performance. The company’s top line has doubled and its bottom line has improved five times,” said Mr. Raghuram Nittoor, Vice President & CIO, Orchid Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. “We have been able to achieve this because SAP enables real-time information to get to the right people throughout the organization anytime.”

Bearing further testament to the success of SAP Best Practices, a global study conducted by the Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences last year found that, on average, SAP Best Practices reduce overall project risk by 71 percent, project costs by 20 percent, and total cost of ownership by 11 percent. Nearly 200 SAP Best Practices customers across the world in a wide range of industries participated in the survey.

A recently completed internal survey of SAP Best Practices customers across Asia Pacific further validated the results from the Ludwigshafen study. The survey showed the following:

* 100 percent of the survey participants would again use SAP Best Practices offerings to save time, lower costs and reduce project risk.

* In 75 percent of the projects, the use of SAP Best Practices contributed to a reduction in project costs, estimated between 100,000 Euro and 1 million Euro.

* The average duration of the surveyed implementation projects was reduced by about 27 percent.

* In all surveyed projects, SAP Best Practices was the competitive differentiator or at least influenced the sales process positively.

Growing Chinese chemical industry trading company Guangzhou NCM experienced similar benefits to those mentioned in the studies. “SAP provided us with an integrated application platform and chemical industry best practices, which helped us optimize our management process, improve our decision support as well as the respond more quickly to market changes,” Li Ming, President, Guangzhou NCM Co. Ltd. “SAP Best Practices has supported the aggressive growth objectives of our business.”