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SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions – Making SAP Easier to Consume


Packaged solutions, also known as SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions have shown massive adoption since their introduction in 2011. When I began with SAP in 2006, as an organization we had already seen multiple iterations of implementation templates and pre-packaged ERP projects. The theory was as sound then as it is now, but our execution had room for improvement.

When offered the chance to lead the Global SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions for the Services Sales Organization to build out our packaged services business, the question wasn’t really whether the concept of packaged solutions made sense; it was more a matter of how successful we could be in pulling together our development, portfolio, delivery and services sales organizations. With a tremendous amount of executive support, R&D investment and the support of great customers, in the course of two years, we’ve moved past incubation to a point where thousands of companies have implemented rapid-deployment solutions. And now that we have a successful history under our belt, we’re seeing that customers that implement rapid-deployment solutions turn into repeat buyers.

It makes perfect sense why customers are purchasing multiple rapid-deployment solutions – just take a look at the video below about packaged solutions:

I found some of the statistics presented in this video to be very interesting, for instance:

What is most challenging when deploying or refreshing enterprise software?

  • 64% completing the deployment on-time
  • 62% achieving all defined functionality requirements

What are the challenges to overcome when deploying enterprise software solution?

  • 51% internal requirements from business stakeholders: custom vs. standard
  • 49% perceived lack of flexibility
  • 39% perceived lack of functionality

It is no surprise that implementing new enterprise software is a major undertaking with many challenges. As with product development, cycle times to production become more critical each year. SAP recognizes our customers’ demands for faster time to value to remain competitive. Rapid Deployment Solutions makes SAP easier to consume with a more predictable outcome and at a known budget. The ‘package’ that comes with rapid-deployment solutions contains: 1) Preconfigured software; 2) implementation services; 3) SAP Best Practices; and 4) end-user training. Thus allowing for these savings:

  • 40% reduction in time and effort
  • 95% savings in blueprint phase
  • 50% savings in the realization phase
  • 30% savings in the testing phase

Our portfolio of 150+ rapid-deployment solutions has expanded massively across all pillars of the business including LOB, Analytics, Database, Mobile and Cloud. Further, we’ve engineered SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions so as to be integrated with other logically related rapid-deployment solutions. It’s in this modular manner that we can quickly support everything from a point CRM project to a full ERP environment running on our in memory database, SAP HANA.

Take a look at some of our rapid-deployment offerings below and ask yourself: would you prefer to have your SAP software in 1 year, or in less than 1 quarter?


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