Choosing the Right Platform for Your SAP Implementation: Six Case Study TCO Assessments That Help You Make the Right Choice

  • by George Anderson, Senior Director & GPE, Microsoft Services
  • January 15, 2007
Implementing or migrating between different platforms for SAP is neither cheap nor easy. The technology-specific cost is significant, not to mention the business and technical costs of analyzing SAP programs and interfaces to ensure a smooth migration, retooling and retraining staff, bringing in new servers and disk subsystems, and implementing high availability/disaster recovery solutions. And each company’s situation is unique — staffing models greatly differ, as do process and technology practices. This article presents six case studies based on real-world TCO analyses that you can use to identify a low-cost platform alternative within the constraints of your company’s particular business model.

George Anderson

As a senior director and global program executive for an arm of Microsoft's consulting business, Dr. George Anderson leads teams of program and project managers, architects, and enterprise consulting professionals tasked with deploying various ERP solutions and other business applications. He’s co-authored several books including SAP Implementation Unleashed and the Teach Yourself SAP in 24 Hours series, serves as an adjunct professor teaching various project management and systems analysis courses, and holds a number of credentials including PMI PMP and several SAP and Microsoft certifications alongside a PhD in leadership/organizational change, an MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

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