Prepackaged Enterprise Offerings: Still Relevant In Today’s Digital Businesses?

Raj Bansal

Prepackaged enterprise offerings may not be anything new, but they have certainly evolved in recent years. They are delivering more than just a specific technology or a defined service. Instead, this fixed-scope, fixed-price, self-services investment can provide a tremendous wealth of real-life best practices, knowledge, templates, content, and lessons learned – all without the pain and cost of making the same mistakes yourself.

Should prepackaged enterprise offerings become a part of every company’s arsenal of tools for their digital initiatives? I guess it all depends on the kind of support and guidance your business needs.

So let’s consider some of the most common questions about the opportunities that prepackaged enterprise offerings bring.

  1. Do prepackaged enterprise offerings increase the adoption of leading best practices?

One of the key benefits of prepackaged enterprise offerings is kicking off a business transformation journey with a preconfigured, ready-to-use set of leading and forward-looking best practices. Decision-makers and stakeholders can expand potential use cases and engage in thoughtful discussions about technology and process adoption to design the company’s digital future from scratch.

For example, model-company services contain foundational practices as well as industry-specific content. The predefined services come ready-to-run with applications, configurations, sample data, and business content such as end-to-end process models, sample workflows, templated reports, enhancements, and forms.

By adopting leading best practices detailed in a prepackaged enterprise offering, the business can support every kind of implementation – including new, templated, rollout, and subsidiary – and facilitate business simplification and innovation.

  1. Is this the answer to delivering innovations on time and within budget?

To optimize cost efficiency while ensuring minimal disruption to overall operations, businesses need to closely manage cost and risk when modernizing their operations and facilitating company-wide digital transformation. Prepackaged enterprise offerings enable this capability by allowing decision-makers and stakeholders to adjust the implementation scope and expected deliverables upfront, instead of using an open-ended approach.

Organizations can then establish a strong governance model and change-management body to deliver expected outcomes on time and within budget. Additionally, by following the fit-to-standard design of cloud solutions, they can identify deviations early on to avoid last-minute surprises.

  1. Will my transition to the cloud become less disruptive?

Creating new business models and opening new revenue streams call for the ability to switch technologies and underlying platforms as quickly as our world evolves. With prepackaged enterprise offerings, companies can rapidly deploy new applications and integrate them within a partner ecosystem with minimal business disruption.

Consider the recent flood of model-company services that are now available. These offerings enable companies to scale up and down as needed in the cloud while supporting an agile approach to innovation based on resources curated to address specific line-of-business, industry, and use-case scenarios. Plus, businesses can combine this content with the latest innovations – such as blockchain, machine learning, and the Internet of Things – to bring new experiences, products, and services to market faster.

  1. Can one prepackaged enterprise offering address all of my needs?

Business operations don’t exist in neat little boxes – nor does a single prepackaged enterprise offering. Instead, companies should pull from an extensive portfolio of continuously evolving services and capabilities.

By assembling a mix of services to cover their unique industry and line-of-business needs, businesses can create an interoperable, highly tailored resource that meets their specific digital requirements, vision, and strategy. More importantly, they have a better chance of executing digital initiatives that deliver expected outcomes with the greatest impact.

The final word on prepackaged enterprise offerings

What do you think? Are prepackaged enterprise offerings worth the investment in this ever-evolving, ever-maturing digital business landscape?

Better yet, do you want to:

  • Accelerate time to value of your digital investments?
  • Adopt leading best practices and the latest digital architecture designed help you avoid pitfalls?
  • Embrace the cloud early and deployment new innovations quickly, simply, and flexibly?
  • Operate more competitively by measuring outcomes with available industry benchmarks?

If you said “yes” to any of the opportunities listed above, then prepackaged enterprise offerings, such as model-company services, are what you’re looking for. These offerings not only enable your business to adjust to an intensely digital era but also help ensure that top priorities and market trends are reflected in your transformation goals.

Learn more about accelerating the value of your next solution deployment with SAP Model Company services.

Raj Bansal

About Raj Bansal

Raj Bansal is Principal Enterprise Architect for SAP NA. Raj's focus is in Enterprise Architecture, C-level advising on transformation, innovation & optimization. Raj possesses cross-industry experience with focus on Manufacturing and Automotive, with 15 years experience in consulting and professional services.