R/3 users pushed toward MySAP

SAP still has 5,000 users of its R/3 enterprise resource planning system - two-thirds of its installed user base.

SAP still has 5,000 users of its R/3 enterprise resource planning system - two-thirds of its installed user base.

At the Sapphire conference SAP chief executive Henning Kagermann made clear his intention of using the Netweaver developments to encourage users to upgrade to the web-based MySAP platform.

New products will only run on MySAP, said Kagermann, who expects 1,000 R/3 users a year to migrate to MySAP.

Klaus Kreplin, SAP executive vice-president for product strategy and R&D, said, "Companies will not have to start all over again with their SAP implementations.

"The Netweaver developments are an evolution of our architecture. MySAP is already using some of these components under existing customer contracts."

SAP will make available 500 Enterprise Services - web services-based business processes that work under MySAP ERP - for companies to test this summer.

Kreplin advised companies to evaluate how these products might bring them business efficiencies.

"Think big, start small, do a very focused activity, select a low hanging fruit pain point, and prove it can bring value to your business," he said.

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