Firms keep SAP upgrade projects on track

Most SAP customers are moving ahead with plans for upgrading their SAP systems to SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) 6.0, despite the economic downturn....

Most SAP customers are moving ahead with plans for upgrading their SAP systems to SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) 6.0, despite the economic downturn.

Panaya, which sells planning software to help customers with their SAP upgrades, questioned 152 European and North American SAP customers and system integrators.

According to the survey, nearly three out of every four projects remain on schedule, and only 11% are delayed beyond 2009. At the same time, 28% of the companies that are not delaying the upgrade are looking to complete the project with a lower budget.

The most cited reason for upgrading was the "end of maintenance" for the current version used by the organisation.

According to survey respondents, the greatest challenges were in the planning phase of the project.

The top challenge cited was estimating the upgrade project cost/effort (cited by 40% of the respondents), followed by justifying the project budget (36%) and assessing the impact on existing solutions (31%).

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