SAP NetWeaver 7.0 Upgrades: A Project Manager’s Point of View

  • by Steve Leone, PMP, Senior SAP Delivery Consultant, COMSYS
  • May 15, 2009
Project managers need to make scope decisions, determine resource needs, and define schedules regarding SAP NetWeaver 7.0 upgrades. Learn how to achieve those goals using the information presented here that is based on SAP-recommended Best Practices and the experience of the author.
Key Concept

Scope in the area of project management is the breakdown of every aspect of a project from its beginning to end. It defines business goals and objectives, determines approach, plans tasks, manages resources, and controls processes to ensure the successful completion of the project.

A company might pursue an SAP NetWeaver upgrade for any number of reasons — additional functionality, new modules, or lower maintenance costs (as support for older versions goes away). Upgrading to SAP NetWeaver 7.0 can be a daunting undertaking for even the most experienced project managers. Whether it is an SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) 6.0 upgrade or an SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse 7.0 (SAP NetWeaver BW, formerly SAP NetWeaver Business Intelligence) upgrade, there are a great deal of moving parts, many new features, and a plethora of decisions to be made. To help you address some of the fundamental questions and points of contention you may be facing, I discuss them in relation to:

  • Scope: Where Do I Draw the Line?

  • Resources: Who Needs To Be Part of the Implementation Team?

  • Schedule: How Long Should the Project Take?

  • Lessons Learned: What Should I Watch Out For?

Steve Leone

Steve Leone has more than 18 years of project management experience with eight years of SAP large-scale, functional and technical implementations and upgrades. He holds Project Management Certifications from Boston University and the Project Management Institute (PMI). Steve has led international rollouts and technical upgrades and is currently a senior SAP delivery consultant at COMSYS LLC.

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