If you has any doubt about the timing of the shift from package software to onilne service, this should adress them, the German software vendor SAP has extended its partnership with Hewlett-Packard to offer a mid-market hosted ERP solution for a monthly service fee that starts at $325 per user. The companies will jointly market and sell SAP's ERP platform running on HP's Adaptive Enterprise servers. The fee covers the software, technical support, and installation services.
The service model helps draw in small and midsize businesses because it reduces the risk that normally comes with a high-priced ERP investment. The companies expect the deal to generate between $100 million and $1 billion revenue. HP and SAP have been working together since a 2002 partnership to create business portals.