After implementing a cost heavy ERP, this is the next tough question that the CIOs face. On one side is the strong expertise that comes with a seasoned vendor and on the other is the accessibility of an in-house team. The choice is tough indeed!
While the best approach is to have a lean team of in-house experts who work in tandem with the external support experts, it is rare that the CIOs get to have the best of the both worlds.
Here is a comparison of both the scenarios, just to help you decide better!
|An in-house team of SAP experts generally costs more than outsourcing.
|A specialized vendor for SAP services offer support to clients through online support and ticket systems.
|Investment of time & money. Training is limited to the few SAP team members.
|SAP certified consultants train a larger set to teams. Trainings are periodic and can be done for different system upgrades.
|In-house team would of course have a stronger hold on all processes and terminologies.
|Business processes and their impact needs to be communicated to the support vendor, time and again.
|Update and Upgrades
|All the system updates, do not always impact a running ERP. Hence the in house team can be exempted from all trainings.
|Staying up to date with all recent features and upgrades is mandatory for a SAP vendor.
|Solution delivery time
|Solution delivery can get delayed due to factors such as attrition in the team or workload priorities.
|Laced with deep expertise across industries, SAP vendors can foresee a lot of risks and take preventive steps to complete the implementation in time.
|Monitoring and escalations
|Internal teams have a limited know how and more often than not, it takes long to address user issues.
|SAP consultants have access to lot of resources and expertise to address and solve different user issues quickly.