The SAP User Group has called on the software giant to reveal details of its plans for covering Brexit, the UK's exit from the European Union, which is expected at the end of March.
Brexit will coincide with the end of the tax year, and could be accompanied by an impromptu ‘emergency' budget that would necessitate changes to ERP systems. Furthermore, businesses in Ireland may need updates to their software to handle changes in regulations over goods, particularly part-manufactured goods, crossing the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Speaking to Computing today, Paul Cooper, chairman of the SAP User Group UK & Ireland and head of information systems at Burton's Biscuits, said that ERP software users need insight into the kind of planning companies like SAP are doing in order to support their customers through the Brexit process - and they need to know that support will extend to all users, not just those on particular versions or releases.
"It's an ‘unknown'. People don't [yet] know what they are going to have to do in SAP in order to comply with whatever might happen in March," Cooper told Computing. "In payroll, when there's a budget, SAP puts some updates out to ensure that your tax and National Insurance is going to be correct. So we want to know if SAP has got people ready."
Hence, should Prime Minister Theresa May announce a deal in the next few days or weeks, users need to know that ERP software vendors will be ready to spring into action with the updates they need to keep organisations running smoothly, regardless of what happens.
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