Big, Report on a Big Investment/Product Suite
At Sapphire 2008, fellow Enterprise Irregular, Dennis Howlett, suggested that the two of us team up and write a single, definitive report on SAP's Business ByDesign product suite. Because I've always wanted to see the EIs do more collaborative, refined products, I said "Absolutely". While both of us have blogged on this product line (and I've even prepared a couple of short research reports on it as well), we both believe that something this big and expansive deserved a more nuanced, deliberate review.
As a backdrop, I knew Dennis would also be attending Sapphire Berlin last month. I gave him a checklist of items I felt would help us get a more comprehensive review of the product line. He got these points answered and we're now a lot clearer on the product, its strengths and future needs.
The report has been written and is awaiting a final fact-check from SAP. We are also awaiting a couple of graphic files to insert into the document.
Dennis has already pre-announced its availability (see link above) but here's some the teaser copy relating to the report:
The Comprehensive SAP Business ByDesign Report
It takes a comprehensive report to cover a comprehensive product suite like SAP’s Business ByDesign. This is a product suite that involved the efforts of thousands of developers and took approximately five years to bring to market. While much has been written about Business ByDesign, this report succinctly summarizes it all in a compact 20-page analysis. We examine subjects such as:
· The Target Buyer for Business ByDesign – Do you have what it takes to be a Business ByDesign user?
· Process Design vs. Functional Silos – This may be the single most important choice you make in buying a SMB software solution
· Product Review – A walkthrough of the 8 major functional components of Business ByDesign along with our requests for needed improvements in each area
· Vertical Assessment – How well does Business ByDesign serve your industry?
· Product Enhancements – Where should/will SAP expend its future efforts? What role will channel partners play?
· Technical Enhancements – Is the software delivering the performance that both you and SAP demand now?
· Competitive Assessment – How does this solution stack up against Workday, NetSuite and other on-demand ERP offerings?
· Author Summaries – See what our two report authors think. These are two of the software industries most visible and long-lived pundits.
The report is out for fact checking and will come out under Brian's Vital Analysis brand. We’re hoping it will be available for delivery by the end of next week. Yes, it is a paid for item because a combined 65+ years’ experience applied to this kind of thing doesn’t come free, especially when you’ve put in a lot of time into understanding the product, its position and value to the market.
For professionals looking to extend their consulting practices, we believe ByDesign is a superb opportunity to get deep into what your clients’ businesses really do, how they’re shaped and the problems they meet. I’m encouraging practitioners to consider this as a way of massively improving the value they offer. It requires the kind of mindset that professionals need to be both methodical and have that all important eye for detail. Learning the solution is not the issue for new people. Understanding process most certainly is.
Ordering and other information will be out shortly. Stay tuned.