SAP Speeding Up Business Software Adoption for Midsize Companies in Asia Pacific Japan

Companies Configure Solution Online and Receive the Price Immediately with New Fast-Start Program for SAP® Business All-in-One

BangaloreSAP Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) today announced a new Fast-Start Program for SAP® Business All-in-One designed to deliver rapid business results and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for midsize companies. The program offers midsize companies in the manufacturing, services and wholesale industries a proven SAP Business All-in-One solution based on the SAP Best Practices Baseline. Fast-Start Program for SAP Business All-in-One customers will benefit from the industry-specific, localized know-how of SAP Channel partners providing the SAP-certified solutions. Companies can view the solution’s full potential and receive an immediate online comprehensive cost estimate* through the SAP Business All-in-One Configurator currently available for Australia.

The Fast-Start Program for SAP Business All-in-One will be coupled with the SAP database, SAP MaxDB, as well as a free choice of operating system; helping to further lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) for an on-premise business solution. Already available in Australia and India with a total of 14 qualified SAP Channel Partners, the Fast-Start Program will be available in additional countries in Asia Pacific and Japan throughout the year. Ramp-up has started in China, the Philippines and Korea, with Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia rolling out in the second quarter of 2008.

Customers Achieve Immediate Business Value
For midsize companies that require an integrated, configurable and extensible on-premise business solution with deep industry capabilities, SAP Business All-in-One is the software solution of choice. With the new Fast-Start Program, SAP takes an additional step toward providing innovative ways for customers to easily access leading-edge enterprise resource planning (ERP) technology and achieve faster time to value, with long-term protection of the customers’ investment.

“We are excited about the Fast-Start Program for SAP Business All-in-One in Asia Pacific and Japan. It is a truly valuable offering for our partners and customers in the region,” said Stephen Watts, COO and Senior Vice President of SME, SAP Asia Pacific Japan,

Two of SAP’s channel partners in the region are already aggressively advocating the solution’s benefits. “Featuring pre-configured global best practices, Fast-Start Program for SAP® Business All-in-One is a revelation in ERP solutions. It’s high octane fuel for your business,” said Hariharan P I, Director & CEO, Clockwork Business Solutions (P) Ltd. “The Fast-Start Program for SAP Business All-in-One from SAP provides a cost effective ERP roadmap to SME customers with steep growth plans. It will support growing system needs of high velocity business growth,” said Deepak Nakil, President of Visnova.

The Fast-Start Program enables companies to get industry-specific business processes up and running in six to eight weeks and make better-informed business decisions based on greater visibility across their operations. With a clearly defined set of pre-configured industry processes, deployment is fast and more predictable. The solution covers the complete enterprise scope of a typical customer. It addresses commercial processes like order-to-cash, procure-to-pay, financial accounting and management accounting. The coverage also extends to manufacturing and service scenarios. All of the above processes are fully localized for the countries where the solution is offered.

About SAP Solutions for Small Businesses and Midsize Companies
With more than 30,000 small and midsized customers worldwide, SAP is the leading provider of business applications and an established and highly successful player in the small and midsize enterprise market. SAP offers a broad and innovative solution portfolio for small businesses and midsize companies to meet the heterogeneous demands of SME customers. SAP Solutions for Small Businesses and Midsize Companies include SAP Business One, a single integrated, solution for successfully managing small businesses; SAP Business ByDesign, the software industry’s most complete, integrated and adaptable on-demand solution for midsize companies; and SAP Business All-in-One, a customizable and extensible solution for midsize companies with deep industry best practices built in. Sold, implemented and maintained through SAP and an expanding network of qualified partners, all of the solutions are competitively priced, easy and quick to implement and scalable to the customers’ growing business needs. The SAP solutions specifically designed for SME enable small and midsize companies to lower operating costs, improve operational excellence, gain better business insight and control as well as grow their businesses flexibly. Additional information available at www.sap.com/solutions/sme

*Cost estimate is an SAP estimation only and not valid for partners; partner’s cost estimation may differ

For more information, press only:
Ben Wightman, SAP Asia Pacific Japan, +65 6768-6493, ben.wightman@sap.com, Singapore Time
Jocelyn Penque, Burson-Marsteller Singapore, +65 9817-9384, jocelyn.penque@bm.com, Singapore Time