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SAP Implementation Unleashed: A Business and Technical Roadmap to Deploying SAP

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SAP Implementation Unleashed

A Business and Technical Roadmap to Deploying SAP

George W. Anderson

Charles D. Nilson

Tim Rhodes

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

  • Category: Databases

    Covers: SAP

    User Level: Beginner–Intermediate–Advanced

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Table of Contents
    4. About the Author
    5. Dedication
    6. Acknowledgments
    7. Introduction
    8. PART I Setting the Stage
      1. CHAPTER 1 What It Means to Implement SAP
      2. CHAPTER 2 SAP Projects: Characteristics and Themes
      3. CHAPTER 3 Business Vision
      4. CHAPTER 4 ERP Solution Vision
      5. CHAPTER 5 Financial Impact: Total Cost of Ownership
      6. CHAPTER 6 Managing Knowledge and the Knowledge Repository
    9. PART II Getting Started
      1. CHAPTER 7 Project Management Checkpoint 1: Groundwork
      2. CHAPTER 8 Building the SAP Project Management Office
      3. CHAPTER 9 SAP Project Management
      4. CHAPTER 10 No Implementation Is an Island: Partners Required
      5. CHAPTER 11 Building the SAP Project Team
      6. CHAPTER 12 Staffing World-Class SAP Project Leadership
      7. CHAPTER 13 Staffing the SAP Business Teams
      8. CHAPTER 14 Staffing the SAP Technical Support Organization
      9. CHAPTER 15 High Availability Considerations and Solutions
      10. CHAPTER 16 Disaster Recovery Considerations andSolutions
      11. CHAPTER 17 Availability and Recoverability: Organizational Factors
      12. CHAPTER 18 Introduction to SAP Platform Sizing
      13. CHAPTER 19 Conducting the SAP Platform Sizing Process
      14. CHAPTER 20 Training SAP Staff
      15. CHAPTER 21 Developing the SAP Data Center
    10. PART III SAP Realization/Functional Development
      1. CHAPTER 22 Project Management Checkpoint 2: Revisiting Key Artifacts
      2. CHAPTER 23 Preparing for SAP Component Installations
      3. CHAPTER 24 Installing SAP NetWeaver Components
      4. CHAPTER 25 Installing SAP Business Suite Components
      5. CHAPTER 26 Functional Development
      6. CHAPTER 27 Functional Configuration Change Control
      7. CHAPTER 28 Functional, Integration, and Regression Testing
      8. CHAPTER 29 Advanced Concepts: Unlocking SAP with SOA and Web Services
    11. PART IV Planning for Go-Live
      1. CHAPTER 30 Project Management Checkpoint 3: Project Team Retention
      2. CHAPTER 31 SAP Infrastructure Operational Considerations
      3. CHAPTER 32 SAP Infrastructure and Platform Testing
      4. CHAPTER 33 SAP Load and Stress Testing
      5. CHAPTER 34 Technical Change Control
      6. CHAPTER 35 SAP Systems and Operations Management
      7. CHAPTER 36 Preparing for SAP Go-Live
    12. PART V Appendixes
      1. APPENDIX A Case Study Answers
      2. APPENDIX B SAP Acronyms
    13. Index