As enterprises continue to evaluate platforms and infrastructures they are challenged with choosing the right platform paired with the right support team to bridge the gap between raw data and improved business outcomes.

When it comes to SAP Basis, it’s clear that it must add value to the business user, and that means data needs to be shored up within ERP systems so analysts can make sense of it. An ERP won’t be of much use if the data that surfaces cannot be interpreted for business insight. When managed properly, business users will be that much more empowered to see the forest through the trees from the information available to them.

Having a firm grasp on SAP Basis best practices will help you achieve the highest level of business insight while elevating how data is applied to real world scenarios across the entire enterprise.

Below are the top five most important guiding ERP principles that should be laid out as the foundation of the modern enterprise:

Build a strong future by starting with a solid foundation

An expertly architected technical foundation is key to unlocking the full potential of your SAP environment. From high performance to high availability, strong foundations enable the future of your business.

Measure ROI as the lifeblood of any successful ERP process

By architecting a platform that adheres to well defined standards, you enable your organization to reduce long-term costs by improving your key SAP environment’s supportability. SAP aims to “run simple,” but a poorly executed environment can make it anything but that. Sticking to key architectural guidelines and best practices helps to ensure that all the technical details are running smoothly so that you can focus attention on the more strategic – and profitable – aspects of running SAP.

Find a true ERP partner

You need to partner with a company that understands that SAP’s importance stretches far beyond the IT world. For example, having a trusted Oracle ERP partner by your side allows you to tailor solutions specific to your needs. This includes, flexible service options that meet budget and project timeline requirements and the elimination of any unforeseen gaps in implementation.

SAP is a cornerstone application in every organization that runs it. Downtime and poor performance is not theoretically measured. There are very real implications and impacts to the bottom line when a production system is down or the performance of an environment is slow. These reasons demonstrate why it’s critical to have an experienced partner that can implement the right methodology for your enterprise.

Create a team that understands your business objectives

It’s simply not enough to understand how the technical underpinnings of SAP works. In order to realize the full value of a support service, you need to have a provider that is fully embedded in your company’s processes and planning.

The future direction of SAP is very different than what it has been in the past, with HANA and the cloud being front and center. By partnering with a company that understands what your business goals and objectives are, we can help guide you to a successful future with SAP.

Put your trust in experience

In real estate, the old adage is location, location, location. Something similar can be said for SAP Basis support: experience, experience, experience.

Bringing together a broad cross section of industry and SAP product support expertise is critical for your long-term success. Partner with a provider that has experience with many product lines and processes to help realize the full potential of your SAP environment.

(About the author: Wes Mauer is director of SAP operations at TriCore Solutions).

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