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Organisations Cagey Over SAP Software Upgrades

A sizeable portion of the SAP enterprise software users in the UK are simply scratching their heads over the amount of time and money they have to pour in to upgrade their systems, says a recent survey.

According to a research study conducted by the SAP UK and Ireland user group, as many as half of the organisations questioned were simply not looking forward to a software upgrade in the next one year or so.

Around 79 percent of the users surveyed had expressed their concerns over the system downtime triggered by software upgrades, whereas 59 percent showed fears of losing data during the upgrade.

That’s just not it, as a whopping 93 percent of the users questioned said they were more than concerned about the length of time involved in carrying out the software upgrades.

If system downtime and length of the time involved in conducting software upgrades are bigger concerns among the users, then the cost of performing the upgrades also emerges as one of the critical factors that might hold organisations back from opting for software upgrades in the near future.

This is evident from the fact that a massive 70 percent of the users surveyed claimed that the cost of the upgrade was too heavy, particularly when the economic climate wasn’t that favourable.

Only around 35 percent of the organisations are currently running the SAP ECC 6.0, the latest version of the enterprise software, the survey revealed.

Expressing the need for upgrading the software, Alan Bowling, chairman of the SAP UK and Ireland, said: “SAP's recently introduced enhancement pack model means businesses can upgrade to the functionality they need without touching the core systems”.

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