Long-term, consulting firms around the world have developed solid cost-benefit analysis to facilitate an increased adoption of their SAP implementation services portfolio by clients.

This is one the findings of an International Data (IDC) MarketScape report profiling and ranking the leading vendors participating in the worldwide SAP implementation ecosystem.

“With large strategic transformational projects getting fewer and further between, higher growth for the SAP implementation services will be coming from implementation of new technologies, namely HANA, mobility, and implementation of vertical- and functional-specific Rapid Deployment Solutions,” says Ali Zaidi, senior analyst: IT consulting and systems integration business strategies at IDC.

The report, “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide SAP Implementation Ecosystems 2012 Vendor Analysis”, evaluates the 12 largest SAP applications systems integrators – Accenture, Capgemini, CSC, Deloitte, Fujitsu, HCL, HP, IBM, Infosys, PWC, TCS and Wipro.

The IDC MarketScape methodology placed Accenture and IBM in the “leaders” category. Accenture’s ability to utilize proven methodologies and tools as well as their capability to provide technical insights and competence helped place them as one of the leading implementers and innovators of SAP globally. For IBM, their ability to integrate their own team with that of the client’s on a project and their capability to provide a full spectrum of SAP services (consulting, outsourcing, hosting, support services) scored high with buyer perceptions.

“IDC believes the traditional lines between software and service providers are blurring, more so now since SAP is allowing large systems integrators to sell SAP software directly, and SAP services itself is being brought into customer discussions at a more strategic level than just software implementation. The best practice becomes when systems integrators and SAP can work together seamlessly to deliver a client solution,” says Gard Little, research director: IT consulting and systems integration business strategies at IDC.