How to Set Up a Project Team for an SAP ERP HCM Global Implementation

  • by Mark S. Jackson, HCM Senior Manager, Accenture
  • August 9, 2012
Learn the decisions and strategies that need to be made when defining a project team structure for a global SAP ERP HCM implementation. As projects go live in either a big-bang or country rollout strategy, the key things to take into consideration are project governance, team structure, and the guiding principles for defining and maintaining an SAP ERP HCM global template. This article provides leading practices and strategies for global SAP ERP HCM implementation projects as well as gives guidance to help project teams set up their project operations.
Key Concept

Many global SAP ERP HCM implementations struggle with deciding the best way to set up the project team and project standards in an effective way. By defining a governed SAP ERP HCM Global Template and organizing your team in an effective manner, projects can more effectively manage their SAP solution in all project phases as well as post go-live.

Implementing SAP ERP HCM systems globally either in a big-bang or country rollout on SAP ERP HCM implementation is a strategic effort that requires a lot of decision making at the outset. The most important decisions concern setting up the project team’s structure and establishing the proper project governance. These early, key decisions are very important as they ultimately drive your project’s requirements, scope, design changes, and its eventual acceptance.

With any system implementation project, companies want to ensure that they have a good adoption rate and that their employees find the new solution fits their needs at the end of the project. As a result, companies typically decide to have the majority of the project team be centrally located within the main country of operations (for example, in the US). This decision, however, can have negative effects that might not be readily understood at the beginning. For example, in a global SAP ERP HCM project implementation the employees all are not located in one country. This can present problems in many ways, not the least being that different countries have different requirements for how they run their HR operations, legal reporting, and data privacy.

Mark S. Jackson

Mark Jackson has been working with SAP ERP HCM for more than 12 years and specializes in SuccessFactors Employee Central and the SAP ERP HCM Personnel Administration and Organizational Management modules. He has had numerous experiences with implementing and leading SAP ERP HCM and SuccessFactors globally and is a subject-matter expert in defining global templates for SAP/SuccessFactors implementations.

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