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CIOs and ERP Application Leaders Can Exploit the Impact of Differences in Third-Party Application Maintenance and Support Providers

Published: 04 April 2013

ID: G00247936

Analyst(s): Pat Phelan, Bob Igou


Opportunities exist to significantly reduce application maintenance and support costs in IT budgets for some ERP software. Application leaders must carefully investigate key impacts when selecting third-party application maintenance and support providers; we identify the critical differences here.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts
  • Recommendations


  • Third-Party Application Maintenance and Support Services
    • Definition
    • Types of Service Providers
    • Enabling Factors and Customer Needs
    • Benefits
    • What to Do Before Entering Into Third-Party Application Maintenance and Support Agreements
    • Factors That Must Be Considered

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Differences in the service providers' portfolios will require IT organizations to consider short- and long-term needs
    • Why This Is Important
  • Product coverage, capability and delivery methodology variations will require IT organizations to conduct detailed service provider reviews
    • Why This Is Important
  • Software publisher litigation against select application maintenance service providers will require IT organizations to perform assessments of additional risks
    • Why This Is Important

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