Feltham — December 1, 2009 – SAP today announced that it has signed a partnership with Chelford and Computacenter, a leading European IT services company, to provide a new delivery option in the UK under the Business All-in-One Fast-Start programme. The new subscription-based hosting will allow midsize companies to implement and run the SAP® Business All-in-One solutions without the need to hire and train dedicated IT staff to implement and manage the software. SAP® Business All-in-One is comprehensive and flexible software for midsize companies with deep industry best practices built-in.
In the current market, companies need to act faster; the hosted offerings from SAP channel partners free customers’ time and resources from planning and implementing, as well as further reduce resource efforts for IT management of SAP Business All-in-One. In the UK, Chelford and Computacenter take on the responsibility for application hosting and management, infrastructure maintenance and software upgrades. These offerings help customers minimize up-front capital investments in acquiring IT infrastructure and reduce the ongoing operating costs typically associated with managing software solutions. They further enable customers to better focus on their core business, products and services that best meet the demands of their individual markets. In turn, midsize customers can focus resources on differentiating from their competitors, executing on their growth strategies and making their businesses more transparent and sustainable.
In today’s economy, it is tough for all businesses, but midsize companies are under extreme pressure. SAP hosted services with Chelford and Computacenter provide greater flexibility for customers on solutions that best fit their IT needs. “Working closely with our certified SAP channel partners, SAP will continue to deliver more innovative solutions, allowing our customers to have clarity of information across their entire business,” said Stephen Read, Director of SME, SAP UK and Ireland.
“We have had a successful relationship with SAP for several years and continue to work closely to explore the best opportunities to create value for our customers. The new offering means we can provide our customers with more flexible solutions that can be implemented quickly and at a fixed, predictable cost,” said Justin Brading, Managing Director, Chelford.
“We are delighted to be working with SAP and Chelford on this solution as it will offer midsize companies a flexible, cost-effective approach to IT. Customers are demanding greater control over their IT costs which is driving the trend towards subscription based hosting and the provision of Software as a Service. This hosted SAP offering is an important addition to the range of options by which we can deliver service to our customers, and is part of our move towards providing more shared infrastructure-based services, alongside dedicated customer infrastructures says Mark Howling, Director Services and Solutions at Computacenter.
SAP Business All-in-One Helps Create Clarity for Midsize Companies
SAP Business All-in-One solutions best fit the needs of midsize companies looking for comprehensive, integrated industry solutions to power their businesses end-to-end. Available with deployment flexibility and choice, SAP Business All-in-One offers a single configurable solution to help midsize companies manage everything from financials, human resources, procurement, inventory, manufacturing, logistics, product development and corporate services, to customer service, sales and marketing.
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(*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource planning and related applications.
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