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If you think that ERP(enterprise resource planning) solutions are just for the big guys, think again. It’s no surprise that the idea of using ERP software to improve efficiency and productivity to operate more competitively, still seems out of reach for a small or midsize business (SMB).

But, ERP has come a long way, and industry leader SAP and its partners have the answer in providing fixed-scope and fixed-price solutions for SMBs with SAP-Qualified Partner-Packaged Solutions.

So, what’s a SAP-Qualified Partner-Packaged Solution? Simply, it’s an SAP ERP solution that is developed by an SAP partner with their intellectual property (IP) and industry expertise that is evaluated and tested for optimized integration with SAP technologies. These solutions offer a high level of transparency and implementation and is often done in weeks.

The advantage of choosing an SAP-Qualified Partner-Packaged Solution is that you get to take advantage of SAP partners’ expertise. All over the world, SAP partners are helping their customers overcome challenges, optimize processes, deliver better customer experiences and improve the bottom line.

SAP partners have developed more than1,100 SAP-Qualified Partner-Packaged Solutions in all sorts of industries, in over 55 countries and 12 languages. An SAP-Qualified Partner-Packaged Solutions provides an SMB with a solution that meets your business needs today and will continue to meet your needs in the future as your business grows.

 Here are four reasons to consider these SMB solutions.

1. Industry Tailored

A partner-packaged solution eliminates having to start from scratch. For example, Brazil-based SAP partner Essence IT developed partner packaged solutions for businesses in the engineering, construction and operations (EC&O) industry. The Essence IT team added their IP to create SAP solutions that address the unique needs of this industry.

Guilherme Joventino, Sales Director at Essence IT, says that implementation time and prices have decreased with partner-packaged solutions because it’s not necessary to reinvent the wheel for each new project.

2. Lower risk

Partner-packaged solutions lower risk for SMBs by providing a solution that can adapt and scale. There’s no need to overbuy or overbuild today to anticipate changes that may occur in the future.

Canada-based VistaVu Solutions developed packaged solutions using its FieldVu solution for businesses in industries including life sciences, field services, industrial machinery and components, high-tech manufacturing, aerospace and defense, and food and beverage. VistaVu’s partner-packaged solutions enable companies total project management and monitoring capabilities from contracts to field ticketing, labor, billing, and payroll.

CEO Jory Lamb said the functionality the solutions offer, along with options to adapt or expand them in the future, make them attractive options for their clients. “Packaged solutions give clients a low-risk, simplified way to see value, to make a small investment,” he says. “As the company grows, the package grows, and their product grows.”

2. Full transparency

With SAP partner-packaged solutions, you are purchasing an end-to-end product - allowing prospects to see exactly what their investment will provide and the benefits it can offer their businesses.

Javier Esteve, VP of North America sales at SAP Partner Dintec Consulting, said partner-packaged solutions have a fixed scope, a fixed price, and are easier for SMB customers to understand.

Dintec, with offices in the US and Mexico, developed total solutions for omni-commerce, giving their clients a simple and effective way to engage with customers. “It creates a greater sense of ‘this is easy’ for a prospect, which makes them feel good about their decision,” he added.

3. Faster ROI

Because partner-packaged solutions are more cost-effective and start delivering value more quickly than solutions you need to build from scratch, you’ll see return on investment (ROI) more quickly.

Retailer FitFlop was the first UK customer to launch a partner-packaged solution from SAP partner Tacit Knowledge. FitFlop’s Global GM – Digital Denise Fender said, “We wanted technology that presents product in a way that was different for every market. We also needed to work in a way that was agile …. Now we’re able to think in days and weeks rather than months and years.”

With Tacit’s partner-packaged solution, FitFlop saw growth faster than anticipated. “We’re two years ahead of the financial model, and we have lifted the business four times what we thought it would be,” Fender said.

There’s a Solution for Your Business

Are you ready to learn more about how you can give your business the advantages that SAP offers? Visit to find the SAP-Qualified Partner-Packaged Solution that your business needs.