Freeborders Expands SAP ECC 6.0 Upgrade Services Offering

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SAP® Services Partner Freeborders Offers Strategy Analysis to Determine the Return of Investment of Upgrades

“There is no cookie-cutter approach to a SAP ECC 6.0 upgrade. The ROI depends on the approach and drivers for the upgrade," said Dan McNerney, SVP, Freeborders.

Freeborders, Inc., a global provider of consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions to financial services and Internet based businesses, today introduced an expansion of its SAP ECC 6.0 upgrade consulting and services. The certified SAP® services partner now offers companies that are considering an upgrade to SAP ERP Central Component (ECC) 6.0 an initial upgrade analysis to assess the expected return of investment (ROI) of an upgrade as well as the overall impact on the business.

With over 300 functional enhancements, better integration of industry solutions, and improved extensibility through Enterprise SOA, ECC 6.0 has experienced the fastest adoption rate of any SAP release in history. ECC 6.0 protects a customer’s investment. The product can be cost-effectively enhanced through lightweight “add-ons” and mainstream maintenance is offered through 2015.

Companies that stay on older software versions run the risk of falling behind on SAP maintenance. As a result, their applications environment can become increasingly complex. An upgrade to the SAP ERP 6.0 architecture can alleviate this risk and help companies stay competitive while reducing support costs. As companies operate in different IT landscapes and run on a different SAP software version, each SAP upgrade is unique and requires a different approach.

“There is no cookie-cutter approach to a SAP ECC 6.0 upgrade. The ROI of an upgrade to SAP ECC 6.0 entirely depends on the approach and drivers for the upgrade," said Dan McNerney, senior vice president at Freeborders. "Freeborders is among the first SAP system integrators to have developed and implemented proven methodologies and tools to successfully guide SAP customers through the upgrade to ECC 6.0 and achieve maximum ROI.”

Freeborders provides a fully managed upgrade to ECC 6.0 from planning through testing, documentation and post-upgrade support. To help companies evaluate the benefits and risks of a SAP ECC 6.0 upgrade, Freeborders introduced an SAP ECC 6.0 strategy assessment. The assessment addresses key steps that companies need to take for finalizing their decision about an upgrade to SAP ECC 6.0, including:
1. The definition of the upgrade’s business drivers and ROI
2. The evaluation of how an upgrade fits into the project roadmap
3. The identification of specific functionality to be implemented in an upgrade
4. The evaluation of the upgrade plan, including landscape and testing strategy, hardware
    capacity, software versions and patch levels, and identification of potential risks
5. The definition of how to take advantage of SAP’s improved functionality post upgrade

Until April 30, 2011, Freeborders offers a select number of SAP strategy sessions to companies that are considering an upgrade to SAP ECC 6.0. To find more about the offer, please go to http://www.freeborders.com/eccstrategy.

Freeborders recently hosted a Webinar with industry experts from SAP and CONSOL Energy to discuss the benefits and risks associated with an upgrade to SAP ECC 6.0. You can listen to a replay of the Webinar at http://www.freeborders.com/sap-webinar-ecc-upgrades/.

About Freeborders
Founded in 1999, Freeborders helps financial services, Internet services and retailing companies solve the most complex business challenges. The company provides global consulting, technology and outsourcing services through an integrated China to US delivery model. Freeborders enables clients to cost-effectively adapt their business infrastructure to market opportunities and changes, offering deep domain expertise, innovative thinking and strategic execution. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company has offices in Denver, New York, London, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Wu Xi. To learn more, visit http://www.freeborders.com.

You can also follow Freeborders on Twitter at @freebordersinc.

© 2011 Freeborders, Inc. All rights reserved.

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