SAP has taken the wraps off its vision for the future scraping its traditional approach to upgrading products.
The vendor has used the launch of its latest enterprise business suite as the opportunity to roll out a sales approach that puts the emphasis on application enhancements and value added bundles rather than big upgrades.
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“The launch of Business Suite 7 marks a milestone in SAP’s history,” said Leo Apotheker, co-CEO of SAP.
“We have taken the whole suite to a new level. It is the first time we have a synchronised release across the suite and we will give upgrades the kiss of death and offer enhancement packs,” he added.
The changes are part of a wider vision that the vendor has around the way that enterprise networks will develop with users demanding more speed, wider access to information and much easier system management.
“It is innovation without huge upgrades, without scary sleepless nights we are done with that,” added Apotheker who described what was developing as a “closed loop strategy with innovation moving to interconnected business networks.”
Talk about the demise of the large scale upgrade has been mooted before with some industry watchers expecting Microsoft to take a lead in changing the rules of the game.