Microsoft is losing ground to SAP in the ERP market – Which ERP is best for my business?

We will explore why Microsoft is losing ground to SAP in the ERP market.

Does Microsoft consider SAP® a superior ERP platform because it uses SAP® for its headquarters instead of Microsoft ERP?

As two of the world’s largest software companies, SAP and Microsoft both have strong presences in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) market, but SAP is best known for its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, which is used by businesses of all sizes to manage their operations. One could argue that Microsoft’s ERP is less well-known than its operating systems, productivity software (such as Microsoft Office), 365, and cloud services (such as Microsoft Azure). When it comes to ERP solutions, SAP is often seen as the more comprehensive and robust option, while Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP is viewed as the more user-friendly and customizable option. At INNOVAPTE, our certified SAP experts can customize, design, and implement SAP solutions based on your specific business needs as well as migrate between ERP systems like Microsoft Dynamics 365.

With many of the largest companies in the world using SAP like BP, Coca-Cola, BASF, Audi, Burger King, Citrix, NHL, NBA and Microsoft HQ, SAP is the obvious choice for ERP.

In our experience, SAP’s integration capabilities are superior, thanks in part to its use of the SAP NetWeaver platform a middleware solution that allows SAP software to integrate with a wide range of 3rd party systems and tools. In addition, SAP has built integrations with many popular applications and services, such as Salesforce, Microsoft Office, and Tableau which makes our integration services that much easier and more cost-effective for our customers.

Cloud computing has become a major focus for both SAP and Microsoft in recent years, and both companies provide software companies like us with a range of cloud-based products and services that we can use in projects. SAP has made a significant push into the cloud with its SAP HANA platform, which is a cloud-based database solution that offers in-memory processing and analytics capabilities. The company has also developed a range of cloud-based software solutions, including SAP S/4HANA Cloud (ERP), SAP SuccessFactors (HCM), and SAP Ariba (procurement).

In recent years, SAP Analytics Cloud (cloud-based analytics platform) that offers advanced analytics, business intelligence, and planning capabilities has provided us with more data than ever before which can be used for management, such as executive dashboards and threshold monitoring. We develop and customize dashboards to provide fast information about what is happening in the ERP production environment. Dashboards consist of a collection of data blocks presented mostly in the form of graphs and large numbers and are used by executives in support of decision-making. SAP’s focus on in-memory computing may make it a better fit for businesses with large amounts of data, while Microsoft’s broad range of tools may be a better fit for businesses that need a more diverse set of analytics solutions.

When it comes to cost and pricing, SAP and Microsoft have different models and structures to consider. Book a complimentary review with our ERP consultants to see which is more relevant for your business. With INNOVAPTE’s SAP solutions and support, you can be confident that our team consists of seasoned professionals with extensive knowledge, experience, and certifications in the technical aspects of SAP.

One very well-known brand using SAP ERP is Apple which is using the SAP ERP software for its App Store, iTunes, and online services. Apple started using SAP ERP in 2010 in order to manage its complex business operations. This helps Apple manage and automate various business processes, including financial management, human resources, supply chain management, and customer relationship management. In addition, their finance and HR use the SAP software. 

Each time you buy a song from iTunes, a transaction in SAP is triggered. SAP ecosystem can offer more value to technology companies like Apple.

One of the main reasons why Apple uses SAP ERP is to improve operational efficiency and streamline business processes like managing inventory, production schedules, and supplier relationships which is particularly important for a company like Apple, which relies on a global network of suppliers to produce its products. By automating routine tasks and providing real-time visibility into business operations, the SAP ERP system helps Apple reduce costs, improve productivity, and support the process of making informed decisions.

In addition to being fully integrated, SAP ERP modules are strategic for large companies such as Apple because they were built from scratch. Integration is built into the very foundation of the system. This means that when you make a change in finance, whether it be related to sales, purchasing, inventory, or projects, all the other modules will also be updated. If you wish to extend this to other systems, it is relatively easy to add CRM and SCM functionality.

Compared to SAP ERP, competing ERP products often offer a multitude of products that need to be integrated in order to provide the same level of functionality making SAP the better option for integration software companies like us. 

At INNOVAPTE, our approach to consulting and solutions is tailored to meet the specific challenges of your business. This is because we understand that every business is unique and requires a customized approach. With our technical expertise and flexibility, we can handle even the most complex business scenarios. Our solutions will help you achieve optimal performance.

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