A Checklist for Developing Your Global Template

  • by Sameer Page, Program Manager
  • March 23, 2009
Discover the components of a global template and the advantages of implementing it across an enterprise.
Key Concept

A global template is a common approach and solution across geographies and markets. A global template formulates the strategy for business processes, system architecture, implementation methodology, change management, hardware, and value realization. The global template typically consists of identifying, synergizing, and implementing value drivers across the organization. The center of excellence offers support for the identification and implementation of value drivers.

SAP implementations are typically focused on addressing the value perceived at a point in time. However, with rapid changes in the market due to globalization, advancements in the technology sector, and changes in the way supply chains are managed, many enterprises redefined their manufacturing, sourcing, and distribution strategies. Though this transition brought substantial value to organizations, it also introduced complexities within the process and the system landscape. Now when enterprises look into their rearview mirror, they may realize that they have a pool of complex processes running across various systems or countries. More importantly, they may notice that they lack an important factor: synergy.

You can achieve this sought-after synergy by setting up a common framework for processes, systems, structure, and data across the enterprise and around the globe. This common framework is called a global template. This article is useful for enterprises that have multiple manufacturing and distribution facilities within a country or across the globe, and for enterprises with a vision of common processes and governance standards across their organization.

I’ll start by explaining what a global template is. Next I’ll move on to identifying and synergizing value drivers, and then reviewing value realization, system landscape, global process list, system integration, GRC, and hardware strategies. After that, I’ll share some information about implementing value drivers, including methods for implementations, rollouts, deviations, gap resolution, change management, and team structure. I’ll consider a center of excellence based on codification standards, knowledge management, and quality management to ensure the quality of the implementation. Finally, I’ll close with the key benefits to following a global template approach.

Sameer Page

Sameer Page has more than 15 years of experience in supply chain management and information technology, with more than ten years in SAP program management and SAP consultancy. He has extensive knowledge of the tools and methodologies associated with a global template program, with vast experience across multiple industry verticals and geographies. His major strengths are in program management. He has proven analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills that are complemented by the ability to communicate effectively with diverse teams and key stakeholders.

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