Co-Author: Frank Colantuono

                    Industry Principal

                   SAP Aerospace & Defense Industry

With more than 900 customers in a highly concentrated industry, SAP is the dominant business software provider for Aerospace and Defense(A&D). For 41 years, SAP has helped large businesses run better, working with some of the most well-known global companies in the world.

But we’ve changed!!! Today, SAP aligns with partners to innovate for businesses of all sizes. SAP now has highly affordable technology with Industry specific functionality for Small and Mid-size Enterprises (SME).

“Challenging the widely-held assumptions that its implementations are long and costly,

SAP is instituting rapid deployment options that result in fixed price and fixed scope projects due for completion in a matter of weeks”

(Albert Pang, President, APPS RUN THE WORLD-Independent analyst review on it-director.com)

That’s a big change, that’s a huge change!!! Rapid Deployment Solution Package quickly address the most urgent business processes with great focus on SAP best practices, templates and tools that makes solution adoption easier and includes guides and educational materials to speed end user adoption. The fixed scope and price provides maximum predictability and lowers risk. Now SMEs are choosing SAP to transform their Business….

Here is a point of view on A&D Industry and how SAP is helping A&D SMEs to transform their business!

The Challenge

Although uncertainty paralyzes defense contractors, commercial aircraft manufacturer are taking up the slack. Production levels for commercial aircraft are rising toward historic highs, based on a huge order backlog that Airbus and Boeing have built in recent years. For some models, production rates already are at an all-time high.

The most notable risk is whether the supply chain will be able to keep up. This concern of risk in the supply chain was repeated by the majority of the speakers and executives from aircraft manufacturers at the AV Week Civil Aviation Manufacturing Conference on May 7 and 8, 2013. Suppliers at all levels will be under enormous pressure to identify problems early, and develop solutions and speed up the decision making process based on real time information. There is no doubt that their business is growing at a fast pace to serve the increasing demand from aircraft manufactures and they need to accommodate their customer’s needs.

Teaming Up with SAP

Success for the suppliers will mean ramping up quickly while improving efficiency and effectiveness to meet a surging demand. SAP applies speed to your business process. It not only solves old problems faster but also solves new problems that you never thought you could solve before.

SAP expansions in Aerospace & Defense solution portfolio, integration with the SAP Real time platform, enterprise mobile apps, analytics

solutions, SAP cloud and SAP 3D Visual Enterprise applications support manufacturing processes for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM).Teaming up with SAP means that you can accelerate your time to market, lower development costs, and generate incremental revenue streams. Aerospace OEMs have dramatically improved performance through the use of modern business systems provided by SAP and our Partners. All levels of the supply chain need the rich functionality and actionable information available through SAP’s and our Partners rapid implementation.

A lot of companies spend a lot of money managing a lot of data where speed of a business process results in money. SAP real time data platform applies speed to this business process; and gives customers second response time vs. two-days response time. That’s a big change. That is now available with SAP.

Low Cost High Value Low Risk

SAP offers pre-configured solutions and templates to streamline a company’s time to value.  Deploying the SAP solution that has been preconfigured with best practices gained from over 900 SAP Customers in the global A&D market is affordable and predictable, with minimal business disruption. Transforming and managing the SAP solution provides our client with the platform to grow and add capability in a manner that adds value and mitigates risk.

SAP has been aggressively working in collaboration with its customers to help reduce the costs associated with a business process transformation, and we believe there are several key factors that need to be considered. Our approach to allowing for choice, whether it’s at the hardware level, operating system level, or otherwise, is a key driver for cost reduction. SAP’s open architecture can ensure that A&D customers receive “best in class” capabilities from SAP and its ecosystem of partners.

Let us help you Grow your Business with Ease

To support growth, you need a unified business management solution with the flexibility to adapt as requirements change. With built-in support for best practices, these industry-specific enterprise resource planning solutions are designed for midsize companies and quickly growing small businesses seeking to integrate processes company-wide.

SAP is no longer the ERP software vendor for big Businesses. We still offer the world’s best ERP. But now our expanded portfolio of analytics, applications, cloud, database & technology and mobile solutions helps businesses decide better, collaborate better, and adapt better too. This is the new affordable SAP for All size businesses.

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