SAP Implementation Unleashed
A Business and Technical Roadmap to Deploying SAP
George W. Anderson
Charles D. Nilson
SAP can help you capture better information and deliver it more quickly, allowing you to make better decisions and maximize the business value of everything you do. However, SAP implementations require massive effort, total buy-in, and significant change throughout the organization. In SAP Implementation Unleashed, 10 expert SAP project managers, functional consultants, and technologists guide you through the entire journey, helping you avoid pain and pitfalls and gain all the benefits of SAP.
The authors introduce start-to-finish business, technical, and project management roadmaps for successful SAP implementation. Then, drawing on their immense experience, they walk you through the entire process of planning and deployment–addressing make-or-break issues and hidden gaps that other guidebooks ignore. You’ll discover how to employ processes, models, and toolsets that help you achieve implementation excellence while systematically reducing cost and business risk. Along the way, you’ll find actionable advice and real-world insight into innovative project management, best-suited leadership, effective load testing, contemporary infrastructure implementation, and more.
George W. Anderson is responsible for providing enterprise applications thought leadership for the EDS/HP office of the CTO. A long-time SAP consultant and PMI-certified project manager, George has authored several best-selling books and enjoys new challenges.
Charles D. Nilson is a senior program manager for EDS/HP and has led many successful SAP implementation teams over the years. He is a PMI PMP and is SAP Partner Academy certified in MM and PP.
Tim Rhodes is a senior SAP technical consultant for EDS/HP and a Basis/infrastructure veteran focused on implementing, migrating, and upgrading SAP Business Suite and NetWeaver solutions. Tim is also an SAP-certified technical consultant, OCP, MCSE, and HP Master ASE.
Detailed Information on How To...
- Define the business vision driving your implementation, and use it to design your solution
- Use TCO techniques to fully understand SAP’s financial impact in your organization
- Structure your SAP project management office, business teams, technical support organization, and overall project team
- Size, plan, and test your SAP infrastructure to deliver the best performance and availability at the best cost
- Integrate SAP into an SOA environment
- Install and configure SAP Business Suite and NetWeaver components
- Perform basic functional configuration, testing, and change management activities
- Enable a smooth transition by successfully performing the critical tasks that immediately precede
- SAP Go-Live
- Choose the right mix of tools and applications to test, manage, and monitor SAP
- Prepare your SAP Operations team for its post-implementation responsibilities
User Level: Beginner—Intermediate—Advanced
Table of Contents
Part I Setting the Stage
1 What it Means to Implement SAP
2 SAP Projects: Characteristics and Themes
3 Business Vision
4 ERP Solution Vision
5 Financial Impact: ERP Costing and ROI
6 Knowledge Repository
Part II Getting Started
7 PM Checkpoint 1
8 Building the SAP PMO
9 SAP Project Management
10 No Implementation is an Island: Partners Required
11 Building the SAP Project Team
12 Staffing a World-Class Project Team
13 Staffing the SAP Business Teams
14 Staffing the SAP IT Technical Support Organization
15 HA Considerations and Solutions
16 DR Considerations and Solutions
17 Availability and Recoverability: Organizational Factors
18 Introduction to SAP Platform Sizing
19 Conducting the SAP Platform Sizing Process
20 Training SAP Users
21 Developing the SAP Data Center
Part III SAP REALIZATION/FUNCTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
22 PM Checkpoint 2
23 Preparing for SAP Component Installations
24 Installing SAP NetWeaver Components
25 Installing SAP Business Suite Components
26 Functional Development
27 Functional Configuration Change Control
28 Functional, Integration, and Regression Testing
29 Advanced Concepts: Functional Testing
Part IV PLANNING FOR GO-LIVE
30 PM Checkpoint 3: Project Team Retention
31 SAP Infrastructure Operational Considerations
32 SAP Infrastructure and Platform Testing
33 SAP Load and Stress Testing
34 Technical Change Control
35 SAP Systems and Operations Management
36 Preparing for SAP Go-Live
Appendix A Case Study Considerations and Conclusions
Appendix B SAP Acronyms and Terminology
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