This post needs confirmation - so if I have got it wrong please revert, one of the things that I heard during the round tables yesterday at the Bangalore SAP Teched is that the customization's (even reports etc) will atleast to start with be done only out of SAP "Service" Factories.
I asked if Partners/Members of the Ecosystem will be allowed to set up these factories but the response was the usual Business By Design response, currently SAP is doing it but as we move forward we might change that and provide it out to the partners.
This is interesting to see from a couple perspectives
1. SAP will be able to evaluate if the they are really able to keep the cost ratio at 1:1 or 1:2
2. They will have better control on the quality of deployments assuming that it will have to be in the same hosted environment.
3. But this does put them in conflict with the SI's wonder how that is going to pan out. Already in the BBD model as I understand it the most profitable partner will be the hosting one, Implementation and services might not be.
I was also given to understand that one of the Service Factories have been set up in China.
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