Eight Steps for Designing Change Management Processes

  • by Davin Wilfrid, Former Contributing Editor, SAP Experts
  • September 15, 2008
Management
Designing change management processes is a project that relies on input from teams spanning the entire SAP ERP landscape. It is critical that the project leader create a detailed set of procedures and requirements before implementing change management processes. In this article, we illustrate an eight-step guide to creating effective processes.

Designing change management processes is a project that relies on input from teams spanning the entire SAP ERP landscape. It is critical that the project leader create a detailed set of procedures and requirements before implementing change management processes.

The adoption of formalized change management processes in the SAP ERP community has been driven by three distinct waves, according to Rick Porter, vice president of business development, Revelation Software Concepts.

The first wave was a drive to save money by eliminating redundant tasks within the IT department. The second was pressure from the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other regulatory measures.

The third wave, Porter says, is being spurred on by the growing power of the SAP ERP system itself. As more companies adopt multiple production systems, phased system landscapes, and dual ABAP and Java environments, the pressure to deal with needed changes effectively has increased.

Davin Wilfrid

Davin Wilfrid was a writer and editor for SAPinsider and SAP Experts. He contributed case studies and research projects aimed at helping the SAP ecosystem get the most out of their existing technology investments.

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