Business Impacts on SAP Deployments

Quantitative analysis and business differentiators for SAP platforms

Complexity SummaryWhat happens when you ask 54,150+ companies about enterprise application deployments, like SAP, across multiple platforms? It turns out, they have a lot to say and many stories to tell as selecting an ERP system can be challenging.

Organizations increasingly rely on integrated solutions, like SAP, to run almost every aspect of their business operations rapidly and efficiently. The SAP applications generally support mission critical processes and therefore it is very essential to ensure that the underlying IT infrastructure is capable of providing the necessary performance, productivity and reliability to support the SAP landscape.

The selection of an optimal and dynamic platform for SAP includes many business and technical factors, but ultimately it is a business decision that can impact all facets of a business. Solitaire Interglobal Ltd. (SIL) closely examined 54,150+ customer sites to analyze how the choice of platform during SAP deployment can affect the organization’s costs, risk and strategic positioning in the current marketplace.

Luckily for us, our cost justification process allows us to look at a longer term than the first year. If we would have selected based on just the cost of acquisition, we would have had an outlay of a much larger total than we did with our IBM (Power) platforms over the last three years. We are in much better shape now than our other agencies SAP deployments, with less than one-third of the operating expenses per year.

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SAP in our organization is imbedded in EVERYTHING. And it is a pain to secure. However, we have had no DB2 or Power security problems at all in 3 years of production. I just wish some of the other boxes were as good.

Senior Auditor – Legal Compliance, Financial Firm

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About the Study

IBM engaged research firm Solitaire Interglobal Ltd. (SIL) to examine the real-world impact on businesses that deploy IBM’s Power platforms to host SAP (with either Oracle or DB2 databases), compared to those deploying SAP on Oracle DB across a wide variety of platform architectures including Oracle SPARC, HP Itanium and Dell and HP x86. The study correlated a broad set of business and performance metrics including:

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