When SAP R/3 first came into the market, it was seen as a tool for only the large corporations with bottomless coffers. This trend is beginning to change as much smaller companies are beginning to see the benefits of integrating their systems in line with SAP R/3 architecture. When a company wants to reinvent its IT platform, a serious consideration for the implementation of SAP R/3 needs to be addressed. This is because using SAP R/3 enables any company to gain and sustain a competitive advantage especially when it is undergoing business process reengineering. Let us explore some of these reasons further;
Firstly, unlike previous IT platforms that specialized in providing task oriented modules that focused only within the department and had nothing to do with other supporting departments, SAP R/3 offers quite a different and new outlook. For any company to succeed their departments not only need to run efficiently but they must ensure that any input processes and output processes add value and contribute to the overall efficiency of the system as a whole. The links between different processes usually determine whether the overall system will deliver or not. Managing these links is as critical as managing the processes themselves. SAP R/3 is designed to manage both the processes and their links in a manner that can save both time and resources in human labor.
Secondly, companies in today’s very competitive business environment are undergoing business process reengineering. The key architecture that will drive this change is the IT platform that a company chooses to adopt. SAP R/3 is considered as the best-of-breed IT architecture to implement as the starting point for any serious business process change.
Thirdly, all serious companies want to have that competitive advantage that will keep them way ahead of their competitors at all times. SAP R/3 ensures that this vision is realized by providing critical functions that can plan to deliver production outputs on time every time, harness information about purchasing decisions so as to leverage with vendors to get the best value for money and allowing the customers to interact directly with production planning so that their requirements can be met consistently the first time and all the time.
Since the advantages of using SAP R/3 far outweigh the limitations, any company seriously considering changing it system to suit SAP R/3 is definitely on its way to higher efficiency, effectiveness and eventually profitability.