From my small experience in implementing SAP and working in developing systems to the business filed I found that there is a critical Bottle nick in ERP implementation that is Reporting System.
This point is the reporting system for sure that introduce the system and adapt it to the business process to the business stuff is very important issue but for the business owner the result of the output of the system and what care to know is the reports and he will not care enough to know how the data entry will be.
For a big company take the decision of implementing ERP and chose SAP, it must have any how a report system to manage the business and it should when they ask software house to implement SAP software house must has vision how the reports will be, and don’t let it a surprise to the top management when they asking for a report they used to see in their pervious system that it not exist on SAP and you have develop it and when they ask IT developer to develop they need more than time they take in the normal systems they used before SAP and will use difficult tools “ABAP”, “Smarts Forms”, and it will not give the required design.
While I was reading my favorite subscribed blogs I found that there is integration between SAP and Visual Studio .Net by tools offered by SAP and Microsoft and there is also fully intergraded environment between SAP and MS Office and SharePoint and SAP.
Thus ERP companies can take this as a competitive feature to offer with its vision to implement SAP system to offer the advantage to using SAP with user experience of MS Office and offer strong system with strong and user friendly reporting system also after go live the company will own the SAP system can easily hire developers with .Net experience to develop its future requirement not only for reporting but in SAP customization.
From my work in ERP implementation we still want to learn ABAP and smarts forms and our top management get worry how they will manage the business with SAP.