SAP has announced a strategy to help smaller companies to adopt radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
The software giant aims to fill a growing demand from smaller businesses for RFID technology in the face of major retailers such as Walmart's insistence that suppliers put RFID tags on their products.
SAP is joining forces with RFID supplier Intermec Technologies and the Association for Operations Management in an effort to address barriers to RFID readiness among SMEs. Its response will include an educational programme.
SAP also intends to offer the Easy Automatic Data Collection (ADC) with RFID compliance product within the SAP Business One platform, in partnership with Intermec.
The pair will provide tools for SMEs to add automatic data collection and RFID compliance as an integrated part of their business management systems.
"Successful adoption of RFID technology by SMEs will require leadership, commitment, education and a unified approach by the vendor community," said Jeffry Raynes, Association for Operations Management chief operating officer.
"While SMEs are critical links in manufacturing networks and the overall business eco-system, there are serious issues that must be addressed before they can engage in this transforming technology," said Steve Banker, analyst at ARC.
"The time is right for the supplier community to address this important segment of the market with cost-effective solutions, educational support and a clear road map of how SMEs can successfully make the transition to RFID," said Banker.