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By Renee Boucher Ferguson  |  Posted 2002-10-21 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


: SAP Closes Billing Cycle"> While Nayak is planning to install a Web-based EDI system, he said he is interested in SAPs financial supply chain software because it could give suppliers more timely information on payments.

"EDI is so expensive that in Germany we have only two suppliers that participate in EDI. So we want to eliminate it," said Nayak. "Its a good time to [investigate financial supply chain software] because I believe its going to save some money."

Many would-be customers of the SAP software simply are not ready to take on the arduous and expensive task of deploying Financial Supply Chain Management, however, because it would require money and a fundamental change in how companies do business with one another.

"I dont look at SAP as having a significant presence on the supply chain side of things," said R/3 customer Paul Hoogenboom, CIO at RPM International Inc., in Medina, Ohio.

"We have automated cash management with our banks in each country. Whats SAP got to do with all of that?" asked Hoogenboom. "I dont deny that there are things I can do more efficiently with financial settlement issues, but thats not an overriding issue with us."

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