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Coke bottler picks SaaS over SAP

Patrick Thibodeau | Feb. 22, 2013
Bottler runs SAP ERP software to run product manufacturing, but turned to SaaS vendor Coupa for indirect spend management

"I've been involved in a variety of computer related system installations since the late 1970s, and this is the smoothest go-live that I have experienced," said Hopkins.

Dealing with a SaaS provider is still a learning experience for the bottler, Hopkins said.

Gartner sees a steadily growing SaaS market for a number for a number of reasons, including the perception from customers that cloud-based software offers a lower total cost of ownership versus an on-premise installation. It's also considered easier and faster to deploy, Gartner says.

Chad Eschinger, a Gartner analyst, said in moving to SaaS there is some cannibalization of on-premise deployments, but it's also used to provide functionality where there was none before.


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