SAP has taken the wraps off its vision for the future scrapingits traditional approach to upgrading products.
The vendor has used the launch of its latest enterprisebusiness suite as the opportunity to roll out a sales approach that puts theemphasis on application enhancements and value added bundles rather than bigupgrades.
“The launch of Business Suite 7 marks a milestone in SAP’shistory,” said Leo Apotheker, co-CEO of SAP.
“We have taken the whole suite to a new level. It is thefirst time we have a synchronised release across the suite and we will giveupgrades the kiss of death and offer enhancement packs,” he added.
The changes are part of a wider vision that the vendor hasaround the way that enterprise networks will develop with users demanding morespeed, wider access to information and much easier system management.
“It is innovation without huge upgrades, without scarysleepless nights we are done with that,” added Apotheker who described what wasdeveloping as a “closed loop strategy with innovation moving to interconnected businessnetworks.”
Talk about the demise of the large scale upgrade has been mooted before with some industry watchers expecting Microsoft to take a lead in changing the rules of the game.