Six Keys to Enhancement Package Success

  • by Alan Joch
  • January 15, 2010
Management
Enhancement packages are designed to simplify the process of enhancing your SAP ERP system. However, companies must approach enhancement packages carefully. See how AEI developed its own best practices for preparing and implementing enhancement packages.

Tight budgets and greater demands for efficiency means many companies need to do more with less. That reality is no different for Advanced Energy Industries (AEI), a global leader in power and control technologies for thin-film manufacturing and solar-power generation. For AEI, this means finding better and more expedient ways to deliver quality products to customers, and for the IT department it means speeding up rollouts of new functionality to address changing business conditions.

When AEI decided to add SAP Product Lifecycle Management (SAP PLM) 7.0 and the manager portal in SAP ERP (formerly known as MSS) capabilities for SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM) to its SAP ERP 6.0 system, the company turned to SAP enhancement packages to implement the new functionality.

SAP enhancement packages promise faster access to new functionality and simplified testing. This new streamlined approach has proven its worth, says Angela Marron, AEI’s enterprise solutions manager, but is not without its own challenges.

“We quickly found that we had oversimplified the project,” she says.


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