About a third of SAP R/3 users have already migrated to its replacement, MySAP, even though SAP is committed to supporting R/3 until at least 2012, according to Henning Kagermann, SAP's chairman and chief executive.
R/3, which SAP stopped selling earlier this year, was installed by about 22,000 users and some observers questioned whether many would move to the web-based MySAP edition in the short term.
However, Kagermann told the Sapphire conference that users have been steadily migrating to MySAP because of the benefits offered.
"We are not doing a forced migration," he said. "What we are telling customers is that MySAP ERP is much more powerful, much richer in functionality than R/3. We want them to migrate because of value."
Kagermann also urged users to begin planning a service-oriented architecture - an IT infra-structure based on web services links.
He revealed that a large percentage of the company's research and development efforts and money would go to the development of its Enterprise Service Architecture and new applications to go with it.
Sapphire product announcements
- CRM, ERP and vertical industry packages aimed at medium-sized businesses
- Software suites tailored to the needs of outsourced logistics providers. The package meets the logistics industry's demands for efficient supply chain management, enhanced collaboration with customers and partners and delivery of value-added services
- Defence and security product to increase visibility in the planning, execution and deployment of tasks for defence forces, border patrols and emergency services
- Mobile sales package for Blackberry handheld device users.