SAP rolls out third upgrade package

The ERP giant has announced a third software "enhancement" package which allows users to add-on modules for free.

SAP has released a third "enhancement package" for its ERP (enterprise resource planning) product.

The package is a free software upgrade which allows customers to download modules to access new features without overhauling their core systems.

Customers are also able to upgrade their systems incrementally, without bearing with the possible disruption that comes with a full software upgrade, said SAP in a statement.

The release includes some 50 "enterprise services bundles", which are packaged ERP service modules addressing common industry-specific business processes such as grant and tax revenue management for the public sector, and merchandise planning for retail, for example.

Simon Dale, SAP Asia-Pacific and Japan's senior vice president and CTO, said the software giant will soon release similar upgrade packages for its four other products--CRM, PLM, SCM and SRM--that together with ERP make up its Business Suite product.

A recent study conducted by IT consultancy West Trax said companies could save cost on ERP deployments by upgrading more often and avoiding customized software.

SAP released its first software "enhancement package" in 2006, with the second in mid-2007. This latest package will be released in full by the middle of this year, said SAP.