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MGI 360 Ratings - SAP SE FEB 3 2015 Billing Management Systems

We initiate coverage of SAP Billing and Revenue Management (BRIM) solution (part of the SAP hybris Customer Engagement and Commerce portfolio at MGI 360 Rating of 66 and a Positive outlook.

BRIM is aimed at very large enterprises with complex, often real-time requirements. BRIM stands apart in its extreme scalability - some customers exceed a billion transactions per day. We rate BRIM product capability highly (13 out of 20) but note complexity, time and cost of implementation. BRIM has a solid management team (14 out of 20) while its plan to address the current trend towards agile billing is still evolving (10 out of 20). BRIM is growing at 35%+ p.a.(MGI est.) with strength in financial and operating performance (13 out of 20) as well as in channel breadth, depth and focus (16 out of 20). Best BRIM use case is for organizations with complex billing requirements, with an SAP strategy comfortable with an on-premise solution and that can benefit from an opportunity for tighter integration between billing, financials and BI (SAP HANA).

SAP AG is a key supplier of enterprise software to Global 2000 organizations. Billing and Revenue Innovation Management (BRIM) grew out of a combination of internal high-volume billing development plus the 2009 acquisition of a French BSS provider Highdeal – a company originally spun off from a France Telecom R&D lab in 2000. BRIM provides sophisticated multi-party settlement and pricing abstraction capabilities as well as close integration with SAP financial and analytics products including SAP HANA in-memory processing. SAP has been able to retain many of the original Highdeal technologists and the division continues to grow faster than the rest of SAP. Competitors for SAP BRIM include Oracle Billing and Revenue Management (BRM): Amdocs, Comverse, Orga Systems, MetraTech, Aria Systems, Peer group includes 15 companies

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