6 Tips for Going Global with Extra Savoir-Faire

  • by Charles Eubanks, Senior HR and Payroll Project Manager and Consultant
  • April 15, 2007
Whether you’re just beginning a global project or are already supporting SAP HR in multiple countries, this advice will help keep your project on the right track.
Key Concept

A global template is a design document for the footprint of a globally configured SAP HR system normally created by the core global SAP HR configuration team. It is both technical and functional in nature including not only technical configuration information for key SAP HR data elements, but also explanations of key global HR business processes. This document is the core design document that, in theory, covers 50-75% of all global requirements in SAP HR and is supplemented by complementary local design documents created by the local configuration or SAP HR user teams.

Shortsighted or incomplete SAP HR implementation planning can cost much more money in the long term than necessary. If you are currently implementing SAP HR (or considering it) globally or locally, it makes sense for you to build a system that is scalable not just for your current country scope, but also for future global expansion. A global HRIS that is properly implemented and coupled with a truly global HR strategy can result in huge economies of scale in many areas of HR. Some of the drivers for these kinds of large-scale implementations include enhanced global reporting capabilities, a streamlined workforce, and global unification of key strategic processes (e.g., performance management, recruiting, and compensation).

Global implementations can seem overwhelming in many respects. My tips focus on the modules of SAP at the core of SAP HR: Personnel Administration (PA) and Organizational Management (OM). I will discuss key considerations of the preparation phase of a global SAP HR implementation. This scope provides the foundation on which you can form your own company-specific strategy for a global SAP HR implementation with an early focus on some of the risk areas, cost drivers, and critical success factors typically associated with such a complex project. In upcoming articles, I will dig deeper into the technical details of the global template design document as well as the Payroll and Time modules.

Charles Eubanks

Charles Eubanks is a senior project manager with more than 12 years of experience implementing SAP HR and Payroll systems globally.

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