Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Business Administration


College of Business and Public Administration

First Advisor

Wilson, Bob

Second Advisor

Varzandeh, Javad

Third Advisor

Dyck, Harold


The purpose of this project was to analyze six companies in various industries that are currently using systems, applications, and products in data processing (SAP)'s R/3. It outlines the history of SAP and gives background on the companies including what they used before R/3, why they chose R/3, and some of the challenges involved with the changing over to R/3. The companies that were analyzed are Allegran Pharmaceuticals, Pacific Communications, Varian Incorporated, Northop-Grumman, Sempra Energy, and Goodrich. A comparison of the companies is done along with analysis on strategic motivators behind the change to R/3.