Fire When Ready: 10 Keys to a Successful Go-Live at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

  • by Davin Wilfrid, Former Contributing Editor, SAP Experts
  • May 1, 2009
Management
When your core business is developing everything from guided rocket launch systems to thermal protection components for NASA, you learn a thing or two about precision. At Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) — a division of the $42.7 billion global security company — those lessons came in handy when upgrading from SAP R/3 Enterprise (4.7) to SAP ERP 6.0.

After nine months of planning, preparing, customizing, and migrating data and applications for 4,500 SAP end users across 20 countries, MFC had only a narrow 72-hour window to launch the new system. The MFC project team was able to beat that mark, tallying a successful go-live in 71 hours.

Along the way, the Dallas-based MFC upgrade team learned several valuable lessons that apply to any company contemplating or in the midst of a large SAP upgrade.

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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