SAP announces Business Suite 7 general availability

SAP AG announced that its Business Suite 7 is generally available Tuesday, three months after the Walldorf, Germany-based software vendor unveiled the “library of business processes” designed to grant customers better insight into data and speed time to profit.

SAP had been ramping up customers with the new suite to ensure all works as it should in a live production environment, and it is now ready for general shipment, said Philip Say, vice-president of solution marketing for SAP ERP.

“We are successfully exiting that cycle and now we are entering what we describe as mass shipment of Business Suite 7,” said Say.

Business Suite 7, a library of best practices or, as SAP executive board member Jim Hagemann Snabe described it in February, “pre-defined end-to-end business processes,” packages more than 30 modular value scenarios that customers can deploy depending on the business challenge at hand. The value scenarios include Superior Customer Value and Product Lifecycle Management, for example.

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The value scenarios basically illustrate inter-relationships between SAP product capabilities using graphical guides and business terms, not feature and function lists. The customer can also see the associated systems impacted, and ultimately, the specific SAP modules that would need to be activated.

During the February unveiling, L

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