Thursday, March 4, 2010

Gartner on SAP EDI - SAP Information Interchange

Gartner just issued their opinion on the new SAP Information Interchange (managed EDI services solution) announcement. First, here is how Gartner explains it, "SAP Information Interchange by Crossgate is a B2B gateway that allows companies to exchange purchase orders, forecasts, invoices, delivery notes and other documents electronically via their SAP applications."

For SAP customers with a specific strategy of standardizing on SAP solutions and simplifying their IT environments this will be appealing. SAP field sales teams will now be directly selling this EDI and e-Invoicing solution on SAP paper. This SII (SAP Information Interchange) solution will now be a check box item on new SAP proposals and RFIs, RFQs and RFPs that require EDI and B2B functionality. SAP pre-sales and sales teams will be trained on SII features going forward.

Because this is a managed SAP EDI services solution operating in a cloud computing environment, no hardware, software or EDI specialists will be required to operate EDI in an SAP environment going forward. It will involve a one time set-up and then just a monthly subscription.

"SAP's direct role as an investor in Crossgate and its direct reselling of the Crossgate solution is SAP's strongest ever commitment to a B2B services solution....SAP Information Interchange by Crossgate seems to be the B2B offering that SAP will strategically bring forward for B2B. " ~ Gartner

Author: Kevin Benedict
Principal Consultant/Founder
SAP EDI, Mobile Enterprise Computing and Web 2.0 Marketing Consultant
Netcentric Strategies LLC

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