Software audits are increasingly being used to gain leverage by ERP mega-vendors frequently to keep you on a vendor-dictated roadmap. And most find the question is not “if” you will be audited, but “when?” While most IT and Asset Management teams understand the motivation for an audit, many don’t realize audits can be leveraged to flip the narrative with their vendors. Join Anna-Rita Stanley-Best, Managing Director – APAC of Palisade Compliance along with Jeremy Sayler, Director of License Advisory Services at Rimini Street for this live webinar. Get a checklist of the ways you can be better prepared for an audit, and more importantly, how you can gain control of your IT roadmap and vendor relationships every step of the way. Hosted by Dan Ashton, Senior Product Marketing Director at Rimini Street, this discussion will be eye-opening, particularly to Oracle licensees who are facing support renewals in the next 6-18 months.
The COVID-19 pandemic severely disrupted operations for businesses around the world. To remain solvent, many had to change spending patterns and rethink strategy, including high-cost ERP solutions and initiatives. In this report, Gartner recommends minimizing as many ERP-related expenses as possible to continue to combat the disruption. Specifically, Gartner outlines 12 short-, medium-, and long-run actions for application leaders to help their enterprises achieve ERP cost savings and respond, recover, and renew post-COVID-19. Key Research Findings Some Gartner report key findings include: Cut costs, freeze spending, and free up cash in the short term to maintain viability. IT leaders who cut costs effectively will gain favor with the CFO and top leadership. Improve efficiency and productivity, and generate value from limited new spending in the medium term to gain stability. The pandemic has forever changed the status quo; returning to previous business-as-usual activities will result in lost market share. Maintain digital flexibility and shift from cost optimization to value- and risk- optimization in the long term to drive organizational renewal. Recommendations Gartner recommends that IT leaders who are responsible for ERP cost optimization: “Respond with quick actions to reduce spending by renegotiating terms, rationalizing or outsourcing staff, and delaying new IT investments.” “Recover stability by planning efforts to standardize and consolidate ERP systems. Scrutinize new investments while embracing agile and product approaches.” “Renew organizational capabilities by moving systems to the cloud, delivering composable differentiation and accelerating automation.” For the full analysis, including details on Gartner’s 12 recommended post-COVID-19 actions for ERP cost savings, read the research report. Reference: Gartner, Inc. “Top ERP Cost Optimization Actions Post-COVID-19: Respond, Recover, Renew.” October 6, 2020, Paul Schenck, Tim Faith Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Interview discusses ways that licensees can drive SAP innovation without S/4HANA implementation costs and issues using third-party support for SAP.
During times of disruption, companies that innovate and proactively invest in their own future can emerge stronger on the other side. How did CFOs lead the charge to power through a 2020 business landscape that included a global pandemic and economic and political uncertainty? What is the role — and priority — of technology in combating disruption? Who’s tracking IT ROI? How is the CFO digital transformation partnership with the CIO going? How does it all affect IT spending priorities for 2021? A recent report from Dimensional Research reveals results of its global CFO survey, providing insights on those questions and more, including: What % of CFOs will find a way to fund digital transformation projects with strong ROI, even if it involves convincing the Board? What % of CFOs refuse to waste scarce IT funds on projects that don’t deliver results? What IT initiatives would CFOs like to see more of from their CIOs? Why did some CFO/CIO relationships get stronger (or worse) in 2020? What do CFOs really think about cost cutting? (The results may surprise you.) The research contains valuable findings and recommendations for CFOs and CIOs alike for continuing to drive digital transformation, prioritizing IT investments with strong business value, forging a strong CFO/CIO partnership, and allocating funds in 2021. Assess how your organization stacks up — and your progress on CFO digital transformation — by downloading the report today.
Smart investing plays a critical role in combating enterprise disruption. How did CFOs lead the way to help their companies power through the unprecedented economic, political, and global health uncertainties of 2020 by prioritizing IT digital transformation? Market intelligence firm Dimensional Research surveyed global CFOs through the lens of 2020, seeking insights on a range of issues including: where enterprise digital transformation ranks on the corporate priority list the importance of and ability to measure ROI on IT spending CFO IT investment preferences CFO/CIO relationship dynamics For high-level findings from over 1,500 CFO respondents — and for access to the full 2021 global CFO survey report sponsored by Rimini Street — download this infographic.
SAP’s planned deadline looms. Are you prepared? In a few short years, SAP will end mainstream maintenance support for its Business Suite 7 core application releases, likely hoping that licensees will make the SAP S/4HANA migration. What will current licensees do? They can: stay with their current SAP installation and pay for diminishing support rip out their mature, customized SAP installation in favor of a still immature S/4HANA and its SAP HANA database forge a business-first strategic path via hybrid IT This eBook outlines six key criteria to consider as you build the business case for the SAP path you choose from the options above. And if you are considering the SAP S/4HANA migration, be sure to ask yourself: “Who benefits most from this move, my business or SAP?” Read the eBook to start building your business case today.
SAP licensees had a challenging 2020 with the global pandemic. They now face a looming deadline for the planned end of mainstream maintenance for SAP ECC 6.0 and a decision to make on migrating to S/4HANA. Technology leader IDG recently surveyed SAP licensees to better understand their current challenges and future plans for SAP technology. Topics included SAP innovation, maximizing ERP investment, and third-party support. IDG’s Tom Schmidt, Digital Content Director, speaks with Rimini Street’s Hari Candadai, GVP, Thought Leadership and Strategy, about the top 5 findings from the survey report in this “Navigating the Future of SAP” webinar. View it on demand now.
Your ERP support is running smoothly, but how are your application management services (AMS)? Is there a ticket backlog? How big is it? How old is it? Is oversight a time drain on your IT team that you can no longer afford? Is the service delivery consistent? Is your AMS provider skilled in proactive problem-solving and preventative maintenance? If you’d like better answers to these questions, consider adding Rimini Street application management services to your ERP support. You’ll get seamless integration of ITIL Levels 2-4 support from a single expert partner. Rimini Street unified support delivers measurable value to help you grow your business operations by optimizing existing IT investments and processes. To learn more — and for examples of success metrics from Rimini Street clients who have broken free from legacy AMS models and significantly improved their business outcomes — download this infographic.
How happy are you with your current SAP ECC system? What are your strategies for: Optimizing total cost of ownership (TCO)? SAP innovation in 2021? Cost reduction? What are other SAP licensees doing regarding ERP investment? Leading technology company IDG recently surveyed 250 global SAP licensees from over a dozen different industries to assess SAP customer challenges and future plans. Topics included: satisfaction level with current SAP systems SAP roadmaps and future ERP investment innovation (including effects of the global pandemic and SAP innovation for 2021) third-party support for SAP This infographic details top survey results on key strategies and tactics being implemented by global SAP licensees today. To see how your approach to SAP innovation and investment compares, view the infographic now.
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