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Table Of Contents

Tangible benefits
Cost savings
Example of specific benefits
Characteristics of SAP™ R/3®
Basic characteristics
General
Business
Other features
Best business practices
Industry-specific functionality
Need for customization
How customization is done
Complexity of customization
Problem in customizing
Support provided by SAP
TeamSAP™ approach
Service and support
Training
Chapter 3 Functionality and architecture
Functional architecture
SAP modules
Integration between modules
Functionality by module
Financial & Asset Accounting
Controlling
Investment Management
Treasury
Enterprise Controlling
Real Estate
Human Resources
Plant Maintenance
Production Planning
Project System
Quality Management
Sales and Distribution
Materials Management
Service Management
Business Processes
Basis Components
Physical architecture
Three-tier client/server architecture
Database layer
Application layer
Presentation layer
Advantages of a decentralized system
Platforms supported
Understanding SAP’s environment
Structural elements
Instance
Client
Organizational structure
Company code
Chapter 4 Impact of SAP implementations
Analyzing failures
High profile failures
Types of SAP project failures
Explaining failures
Wrong software selection
Inadequate planning
Inadequate organization structure
Lack of understanding
Not appreciating implementation complexity
Unable to understand implementation risks
Being over ambitious
Rush to completion
Not prepared to accept the new system
What SAP does to an organization
Re-engineering
Impacts corporate culture
Changes competitive landscape
Creates inter-dependency
Shifts balance of power
Simplifies platform
Impacts costs/profitability
Impacts employees
Impacts work environment
Provides flexibility
Influences development
Chapter 5 Implementation methodologies
How SAP projects are implemented
Basic essentials
Implementation roadmap
Big versus small approach
Big bang approach
Phased approach
Implementation methodologies
Conventional methodology
Background and overview
Need for ASAP™
Accelerators
Project Quality Check
EarlyWatch™
Concept Check Tool
Chapter 7 Phase 1 - Project Preparation
Organizational readiness
Getting decision makers on board
Management tasks
Linking personal and project success
Project planning
Identifying critical elements
Guiding principles
Strategic guiding principles
Project business drivers
Budget, standards and metrics
Building the implementation team
Organizational structure and project team authority
Team membership
Selecting consultants
How teams are organized
Team characteristics
Team building
Training for team members
Chapter 8 Phase 2 - Business Blueprint
Objective and scope
Analyzing the business
Interview objectives
Reference scope document
What the blueprint document contains
Defining the organizational structure
Organizational structure characteristics
Impact of organizational structure
Important elements of the organizational structure
Controlling area
Business structure
Chapter 9 Phase 3 - Realization
Simulation
Configuration
Playbacks
Other tasks
Validation
Business process procedures
End-user documentation
Unit and integration testing
Need for testing
❏Unit testing
❏Integration testing
Unit testing
Integration testing
Business scenarios
End-user involvement
Signoff
Testing process
Who does the testing
Data conversions
Factors to consider
Data migration methods
When to start data migration
Which data to migrate
Automated master data
Manual master data
Automated transaction data
Manual transaction data
Data cleanup
Why dirty data is an issue
What cleanup involves
Where is the data checked
Who needs to validate migrated data
Tools available
Interfaces, enhancements and reports
Interfaces
Why knowledge transfer is ignored
What needs to be done
Getting ready to throw the switch
System administration
Data migration
Final testing and fine tuning
Chapter 11 Phase 5 - Go-Live & Support
Final check before take-off
Readiness assessment
Operational support
Change controls
Communication
Where it is required
What needs to be communicated
Security
Why security is required
How authorization profiles are created
Balancing security and access needs
SAP support
Online Service System
Thinking beyond go-live
Organization structure
Change control procedure
Staffing
Chapter 12 Project principles, guidelines and tips
Factors to consider before starting the project
Why is the project being undertaken
Project justification
Has the business strategy been defined
How will the SAP system be used
Skills assessment
Decision making capabilities
IT transition ability
Corporate culture
Management and implementation
Laying the foundations
Defining the guiding principles
Identifying the business drivers
Obtaining sponsorship
Obtaining management commitment
Recognizing the decision makers
Choosing the implementation leader
Chapter 13 Factors impacting project success
Planning
Organization and management readiness
Effective project planning
Project team organization
Organization of project teams
Employees or consultants
Project team characteristics
Characteristics of team members
Ability to think out of the box
Controls
Effective controls
Project manager’s background
Scope creep
Understanding scope creep
Setting rules
Technical
Client architecture
Impact of client architecture
Undefined architecture
Early start to data migration
Thorough integration testing
Data cleanup responsibility
Miscellaneous
Responsibility and ownership
Why transfer knowledge does not occur
Repercussions of knowledge transfer failure
Ensuring knowledge transfer
Effective communication
Working in close proximity
Promoting communication
Chapter 14 Tips for success
What should be done
Obtain commitment
Start moving quickly
Be prepared
Build team and end-user commitment
Create and maintain enthusiasm for the project
Solve problems in a timely and effective manner
Understand what can cause budget overruns
Who should estimate costs
Controlling costs
Contingency
Areas to watch
Build appreciation for inter-dependence
Emphasize thorough and effective testing
Start data migration early on
Create thorough documentation
Training budget pruning
Understanding documentation needs
System reference documentation
Ensuring successful documentation
What should not be done
Do not favor technology over business
Do not place functionality requirements on the back seat
Avoid duplicating old business processes
Do not ignore scope creep
Do not ignore risks
Do not modify the system unless necessary
Avoid changing standard R/3™ objects as much as possible
Do not be bypassed
Do not let consultants loose
Do not underestimate end-user training needs
Do not ignore warning signs from partners
Common mistakes and pitfalls
Approach and analysis
Planning and control
Team leadership and characteristics
Scope
Development and testing
Ownership and involvement
Consulting
Communication and training
Chapter 15 Influence of the marketplace on SAP
Future ERP growth expectations
ERP market growth rate
SAP growth drivers
Drivers for change
❏Supply chain management
Internet
Supply chain management (SCM)
Customer relationship management (CRM)
e-Commerce
SAP’s response to the rapidly changing environment
EnjoySAP™
mySAP.com™
❏Business intelligence
Business intelligence
SAP reporting limitations
Data warehouse solution
SAP™ Business Warehouse
Ready-to-Run R/3™
Features and benefits
Appendix Evaluating ERP software
Prerequisites for ERP software selection
Basic selection guidelines
Use a proven methodology
Evaluate the business strategy
Study the business processes
Evaluate the impact of a re-engineering decision
Favor industry-specific templates
Involve the business users
Be wary of proof-of-concept offer
Be aware of the cost of failure
Additional points to ponder
Basic selection considerations
Model of doing business
Functionality
Analysis and reporting
Show stoppers
What to do before buying
Evaluate using cross-functional teams
Check references and sites
Request onsite demo
Beware of consultants involved in the selection process
Selection nuts and bolts
Selection criteria
Scoring
Ranking
Vendor selection tips
Index
About the Author
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Implementing SAP with an ASAP methodology focus

Implementing SAP with an ASAP methodology focus

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Implementing SAP will appeal to professionals planning to work on SAP/ERP projects including senior executives, directors, project managers and project implementation team members including functional/business analysts, developers and trainers.

Implementing SAP covers topics including need for ERP software, SAP characteristics and functionality, and implementation methodologies. Extensively covers the five ASAP implementation methodology phases: Project Preparation, Business Blueprint, Realization, Final Preparation, and Go-Live & Support.

Implementing SAP addresses project principles, guidelines and tips that are applicable to SAP implementations. It also discusses the trends that are expected to impact the growth of ERP systems in the future. Finally, a methodology for evaluating ERP software is described for those who may consider implementing an ERP system.
Implementing SAP will appeal to professionals planning to work on SAP/ERP projects including senior executives, directors, project managers and project implementation team members including functional/business analysts, developers and trainers.

Implementing SAP covers topics including need for ERP software, SAP characteristics and functionality, and implementation methodologies. Extensively covers the five ASAP implementation methodology phases: Project Preparation, Business Blueprint, Realization, Final Preparation, and Go-Live & Support.

Implementing SAP addresses project principles, guidelines and tips that are applicable to SAP implementations. It also discusses the trends that are expected to impact the growth of ERP systems in the future. Finally, a methodology for evaluating ERP software is described for those who may consider implementing an ERP system.

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