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From SRM 5.0 to SRM 6.0 or SRM 7.0

Hi,

Is there any real business benefit in upgrading to SRM 6.0 from 5.0 or should one wait for SRM 7.0 instead?

If you're currently running SRM 5.0, extended classic using MDM 2.0 what can 6.0 provide to justify the cost of the upgrade?

Regards,

Jerry

Former Member
Former Member replied

Hi Jerry,

It is better to wait for SRM 7.0.SAP accepted that SRM5.0 has edge over SRM 6.0.

Please read SAP Published news on SRM 6.0.

Regards,nishant

<b>Here is the latest update from SAP regarding SRM 6.0 and future releases.</b>----


Oct 15, 2007

Dear Customer and or Partner

This communication is designed to help you understand our planned next steps with the release of SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) 2007.

Summary

SAP is moving ahead with our Business Suite strategy which SRM is a key component. This strategy requires significant development, coordination and resources. As a result we have had to make a decision on balancing our continued investment in SRM 2007 against the importance of SRM 7.0 included as part of the Business Suite release.

After reviewing all potential options we have decided that the best path forward is for the SRM 2007 release to only be shipped to customers that have already been identified as part of our SRM 2007 Ramp-Up program.

We are therefore advising all other customers to start any new projects on the proven SRM 2005 release and then to upgrade to a future version of SRM. This next upgrade could be to SRM 7.0 included as part of the Business Suite release either as part of the SRM 7.0 Ramp-Up program or with general availability in 2009.

We strongly believe that our customers will benefit from the value proposition of SRM 7.0 included as part of the Business Suite release and the planned SRM investments into the overall procure to pay process.

Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) 2007

The SAP SRM 2007 release represents continued investment by SAP in SRM including improvements to the user interface and a new business rule framework (BRF).

We continue to make progress towards our SRM 2007 SP03 milestone in the areas of quality and performance. As a result we are on schedule to deliver SP03 on December 10th, 2007.

Yet, because of our decision to focus our efforts on the importance of delivering on SRM 7.0 included as part of the Business Suite release we have decided that SRM 2007 will only be shipped to customers that have already been identified as part of our SRM 2007 Ramp-Up program. We will fully support these customer’s efforts to go live on SRM 2007.

A core KPI of our SRM 2007 Ramp-Up program continues to be the importance of successful customers on the release coupled with our own field readiness.

Only in extremely exceptional cases will requests be accepted for additional customers to be included in the SRM 2007 Ramp-Up program.

Supporting Information

Customers with existing SRM 2007 Projects – These customers will receive maintenance on SRM 2007 according to the 5-1-2 framework.

New Customers – Recommend that customers interested in starting projects now should start their projects on the proven SRM 2005 release. Those customers that have a project start date beginning in Q4’2008 should target SRM 7.0 which is included as part of the Business Suite release either as part of the SRM 7.0 Ramp-Up program or with general availability in 2009.

SRM 3.0 and Below Customers – Recommend that customers on versions up to and including SRM 3.0 interested in upgrading to start any new projects on the proven SRM 2005 release and then to upgrade to a future version of SRM. This next upgrade could be to SRM 7.0 included as part of the Business Suite release either as part of the SRM 7.0 Ramp-Up program or with general

availability in 2009.

SRM 4.0 – Recommend that SRM 4.0 customers upgrading to start any new projects on the proven SRM 2005 release and then to upgrade to a future version of SRM. This next upgrade could be to SRM 7.0 included as part of the Business Suite release either as part of the SRM 7.0 Ramp-Up program or with general availability in 2009.

SRM 2005 Customers – Recommend that SRM 2005 customers take the next step to upgrade to a future version of SRM based on their planned upgrade project schedule. This next upgrade could be to SRM 7.0 included as part of the Business Suite release either as part of the SRM 7.0 Ramp-Up program or with general availability in 2009.

Sincerely,

John Zepecki

SVP, GM SRM

SAP Labs

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