Pros and cons of mySAP ERP vs. R/3 Enterprise

Learn the pros and cons of upgrading to mySAP ERP or R/3 Enterprise. Advice from NetWeaver guru Axel Angeli.

I'm wondering about the pros and cons of mySAP ERP 2004 vs. R/3 Enterprise. We are debating on what to use for a major project that is in the realization phase. There is no prior installation to upgrade. This is a brand new implementation with quite a few interfaces between SAP and non-SAP systems. We are particularly concerned about the fact that there aren't many customers of SAP that are running on ERP 2004 and therefore do not want to be the first few to venture and face issues.
R/3 4.0, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 5.0 and still counting …There are many names for the same product, so 4.7 was called Enterprise 1.0 and 5.0 Enterprise 2.0. Someone in SAP marketing had the cunning idea to call ERP 2004 in analogy to Netweaver '04 etc. So ERP 2004 is Enterprise. Full stop.

Regarding your description, there is nothing to debate. The recommendation cannot be anything other than to install the very latest release available the moment you enter the pre-go live tests. Currently, Enterprise 2.0 is the current release and that is the one you want. I am very considerate in balancing pros and cons when making major decisions, but when it comes to release policy or upgrades I am very rigid in saying: Take the latest release you can get hold of.

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