With SAP Teched 2011 ended in Las Vegas, there have been ample lectures, articles and webcasts placed online at SDN. What is evident from reading these items is that SAP is in a major push for analytics and mobile applications along with other innovations.
High-speed analytics, pre-packaged enterprise performance management elements are being marketed as the part of the innovative revamping of SAP but is this revamp and marketing push something which geographically distributed customers will leap for? Will it be as effective in adoption rates for different markets? This blog entry is to just highlight some thoughts on the matter how different markets react to these upcoming rapid changes.
A consultant reading the latest news regarding all the SAP Teched developments in North America or Europe would be thinking how to get versed with these technologies ASAP and how to leverage these new technologies in order to secure a current job position as well as to be able to reach out to higher paying areas.
A consultant sitting in the middle east would likely think “Oh that’s great, I need to check this out” and in the same succession would think “Well, it will take a couple of years to be applicable here, I will check it later”.
What this highlights is the remarkable difference in the approach towards systems, IT as a general in different geographical locations. Readers will say that this is a factor within certain industries. The rush for innovation and implementation of processes is required for some industries while others might not need to rush along so fast.
A recent survey result from SUG-MENA, the SAP user group from the region, stated that companies are engaged up to 44% of the time in managing their current implementations in the form of operations and enhancements arising as a result of business needs.
The factor that this result does not indicate is the one where certain industries which have the largest SAP implementations are less inclined towards these upcoming technologies. There is a constant need for ABAP consultants and a contractual need for functional consultants.
With these implementations mired down in working through workflows, existing ABAP reports and functional processes, it leaves few resources to design, develop and implement a feasible solution. Companies are only now beginning to understand the benefits of analytics and how they can work with them in their current IT eco-system.
Culture plays a heavy hand in these policies and activities. Oil & Gas, an industry which receives growth spurts based on global increase of resource utilization (China/India) rather than full-time marketing campaigns for people to purchase oil (A macro-level comparison with another industry) is an example.
Would HANA and other innovations be useful? Indeed so, but I do not see Middle East customers running and ‘effectively’ implementing the aforementioned technological upgrades in the near future.