SAP – IT Evolution
What I am writing is a short story of evolution of IT. After watching Pitchers I decided to quit my job as Demand Planner and start something on my own. As as planner I was always fascinated with Market Research and Data Analysis. And after spending half my life in SAP APO, that what I wanted to do.
Yes I was finally starting a company of my own. I wanted to use the best available systems and tools to build a smart company. Had I been in mid 1990’s or early 2000’s this dream would have remained nothing but a dream. Coz then it was only the MNCs that were allowed to grow. They had the money power to purchase the latest IT technologies to manage the large and complex processes and churn huge data volumes. The MNCs needed a faster and highly responsive ERP system to manage the ever changing markets. To cater to these needs SAP came up with ERP and APS systems.
Though the big companies managed to stay afloat in the ever changing times the SMB sector began to collapse. They did not have money power to purchase the systems at one go and pay for the implementation and support. Thats when SAP came up with solutions specific for the SMB sector. SMB sector began blooming again.
It was now the turn of Small industries and startups. The era has now begun with evolution of “CLOUD”. All of the SAP systems are now HANA compatible and pretty much available on CLOUD. No longer do I have to pay for the maintenance or upgrade. All I have to pay for is the number of hours that I use the APO and ERP system on cloud for data analysis. How beautiful is that.
I am going to make full use of this CLOUD platform. Wont you?
IF YOU ARE A CONSULTANT PLEASE READ
The role of consultant will change. He will no longer go to client location for implementation
1. SAP will give him all the specs for ECC and APO configurations
2. Onsites will reduce
3. Process and SCM consulting will increase to help businesses use the standard SAP solutions effectively
4. ECC and APO implementations will increase
5. Implementations would be faster
6. Basis activites will move to SAP.
7. Freelancing would be the right move for any consultant. There will be abundant implementations.
These are just my thoughts……I am just thinking how things would move 10 years down the line. May be the scenario would be different than what I have penned down. Time will tell.