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We talked about SAP’s tendency to make things overly complicated, which SAP Chairman Hasso Plattner attributes to their focus on the largest enterprise customers. He says:

“Having large companies as customers for developing software doesn't lead to the simplest approach. Large companies are even more complicated than we are. I saw this on several projects…. As soon as a large company came in as a design partner, the complexity went up like a rocket.”

Given Plattner’s seeming acceptance of SAP’s complex nature, you might ask: What’s wrong with complexity?

The answer: Maybe nothing—until you need to change something.

In today’s business, change is unavoidable. We are constantly responding to new consumer trends, moving into new markets, bringing new products and services online, continually refining and fine-tuning processes to be more efficient. Staying competitive means being able to move fast. In the parlance of business, we call that “agility.”

If you ask any IT professional, the biggest barrier to agility is unnecessary complexity. The sheer size and nature of the application can make it expensive and cumbersome to modify. Large monolithic systems that take months—even years—to deploy and are difficult or even impossible to reconfigure often involve a of myriad point-to-point integrations that drain your resources for maintenance. These are the true enemies of the agile enterprise. 

Let’s take a closer look at the size of SAP: 238 million lines of code. Tens of thousands of screens and tables. (Some customers report more than 140,000 data tables when populated.)

The sheer size of the system means that if you’re running SAP, you may be stuck in electronic concrete with high- maintenance costs and long deployment cycles. The level of complexity will hold you back instead of support you in times of change. With change being integral to your business agility and customer responsiveness, these are big issues to deal with.

In contrast, Microsoft Dynamics AX is built for the dynamic business. Its nimble architecture and flexible configuration model allow you to tailor processes, workflows, and other activities quickly and efficiently, so you can keep up with the pace of change:

  • Enter new markets
  • Take advantage of new opportunities
  • Tailor your processes to the way you work now and in the future

But don’t take our word for it—take a look at how Piaggio Aero Industries and Patagonia chose Microsoft Dynamics AX over SAP to take back control of their businesses so they can grow and thrive in today’s fast-changing marketplace.

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