SAP has gotten a pass on the real cost of implementing APO for too long. It is time to examine the real cost of ownership for APO. It would help a lot if IT and supply chain professionals that read this open dialogue contribute to answering the following questions. What is the cost of ownership of SAP's APO? How easy was it to integrate all the data that is required to run APO? Was the big "integration" story worth the results?
For the sake of this analysis the purpose is to not compare functionality, but only examine the cost of getting the system running in the way that supports the desired business process. Are there really IT and cost advantages to implementing SAP's APO? The areas that are worth looking at include: cost of the software, cost of the hardware required to run the system, cost of implementing similar functionality, cost of implementing required supporting systems (such as using Business Warehouse to support the need for analytic views), cost and complexity of integration to and from all sources of data, cost of supporting the system once it is up and running, etc.
I am hoping that we can hold an informal discussion and feedback going on this topic, so please feel free to share your experiences or answers with us. Or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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