When it comes to Office Productivity Software, Microsoft Office remains the predominant player. Over the past few years Microsoft has been working hard to improve the functionality of its web based Office 365 Suite and is driving all users to subscription based pricing. ERP providers like Sage and SAP follow Microsoft closely and have been integrating the suite into their products in various ways.
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times, “I can’t afford a new ERP” or “I can’t afford to change ERPs”! When you add the cost of purchasing a couple of servers, racks to house the servers, backup systems, firewall and security, and hiring expertise to manage the equipment to the cost of implementing a new ERP system, it can get really expensive really fast. It can almost seem overwhelming to a lot of small business owners. Yet, the cost to implement a new ERP doesn’t have to be that overwhelming if you take an Operating Expense (OPEX) approach instead of a Capital Expense (CAPEX) approach.
In the consulting industry there has been hot debate over time and materials versus value based billing. Keeping track of time adds no value to the customer, and billing by the hour often creates an adversarial relationship. So is there an intrinsic value to time?
The annual SAP User Group meeting was held in Orlando on October 22-24. The conference was filled with great content, networking and learning. This was the second year the user conference was run by Eventful Conferences, a professional event planning group owned by ASUG, and the results showed.