Demystifying the Global Rollout: Using Template and Implementation Projects to Manage a Global Deployment

  • by D. Russell Sloan, Implementation and Governance Specialist — SAP Solution Manager, IBM Global Business Services
  • September 14, 2011
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Organizations are increasingly seeking to reduce costs and improve enterprise agility by standardizing processes across the globe. Learn how SAP Solution Manager can help you build an SAP process template and manage the localization requirements as you roll it out across the enterprise. By using SAP Solution Manager features such as the template project, implementation project, and compare and adjust functionality, you can speed your global deployment while maintaining the single point of truth.
Key Concept
The challenges of global rollouts consist of coordinating multiple concurrent teams through design efforts and handling numerous changes to a solution under construction as a result of testing. The fact that solution stability, or freezes, are needed during cutovers that occur at different times for each business unit threatens the timelines of other teams working for other business units. SAP Solution Manager’s global rollout capability uses two project types to coordinate concurrent solution design and development with asynchronous deployment into a central SAP landscape.

You’re in a large and dynamic organization. You’ve been charged with owning the solution and making sure that your company has a consistent approach to process design, delivery, support, and continuous improvement. Further, your company has started off on a five-year plan to acquire 15 new companies across the globe with the intention of making them all work as one with standardized processes and industry-leading agility in response to rapid market change.

Congratulations — you’ve been asked to provide an environment that can change but also remain the same. These goals seem to be contradictory in terms of creating an environment in which they can coexist. However, SAP Solution Manager can provide you with a platform for delivering such an environment by using template projects, implementation projects, and solutions. Let’s look at each of these in more detail.

D. Russell Sloan

D. Russell Sloan is a specialist in project and program governance for IBM. He focuses on the use of SAP Solution Manager for global rollout projects for IBM’s largest customers, having worked with SAP software since 1996. Russell has degrees in accounting and information systems and has been a team and project leader for SAP projects for more than 14 years. He has been developing and deploying software systems for over 30 years.

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