SAP implementation is a tedious process that is extremely expensive, time consuming, challenging and risky. It is generally adapted when organizations need a change management in their existing systems. The change management may be in the form of business process expansion, reengineering, mergers and acquisitions or new technology/ERP rollouts.
But a major concern that arouses is, if introducing SAP in an organization is so complicated and costly, why go for it?
There isn’t a doubt that SAP practices are no child’s play, but they are worth the take. Before an organization decides to go ahead with implementing SAP software solutions, they must answer the following questions-
- Do we have a million dollar turnover that will support us buy SAP product, user licenses and other requirements?
- Do we have skilled consultants who can prepare a practical blueprint for implementing SAP ERP?
- Are we ready for changes upside down in our business processes and is our team prepared to accept it?
- Are we ready to take huge risks and bear losses in case of failure?
- Do we have a back-up plan in case our primary design doesn’t work out?
Once organizations have got answers to these questions in favor, they’ll be able to experience the many-benefits of SAP implementation in their day-to-day business processes.
SAP is all about leveraging the best practices in business so as to maximize the efficiency of all the automated as well as manual processes involved in daily operations. The SAP implementation process revolves majorly around 3 priorities-
- People- The IT professionals involved in end-to-end implementation process and the end-users must be able to understand, comprehend and use the system or the revised processes with ease
- Processes- The set of activities must be structured and sequenced such that they deliver the desired output. Each process must be inter-linked and made efficient, in a way that they help gain larger benefits
- Technology- Activities such as training of employees, security in protecting customer/vendor data, bringing innovation in business etc. must be productive such that they add to the proficiency of both people and processes.
If all of these three components coordinate with each other, the chances of SAP implementation being a success will be maximized. Listed under are the outcomes that would justify why SAP implementation should be done-
- Copes up with the inefficiencies associated with traditional IT architecture
- Enables a positive, productive and efficient change in business processes
- Gives a competitive edge to present oneself as a most-trusted partner that considers factors like delivery dates and high-quality products/services
- Offers real-time integration of data and developments on a global front
- And lots more…
SAP has mostly been identified as a provider to serve large-scale industries, but it has also come up as a solution for small and medium-scale industries too lately. The version named SAP B1 (license for fewer number of users) is the fresh face of SAP consulting and staffing services that is helping smaller industries to implement and harvest huge returns from its implementation.