Use Business Blueprints to Their Highest Potential for a Successful Implementation

  • by D. Russell Sloan, Implementation and Governance Specialist — SAP Solution Manager, IBM Global Business Services
  • June 10, 2009
Learn how proper use of the Business Process Repository and Business Blueprint can help set your organization on the course for a successful implementation and establish a foundation for effective support. Explore how to set your project scope and create relationships between scope items and objects to support traceability and transparency in change management.
Key Concept

The Business Blueprint is where you can begin to align every aspect of your solution to your business processes. Here, you can align all of your documentation, technical components, end-user job roles, transactions, and even requirements to your business processes. This helps you with traceability, change impact assessment, and lower resolution times in support.

During your project’s Business Blueprint phase, everyone involved is busy identifying the processes that are in scope by furiously pinpointing who owns the processes, who the subject matter experts are, who can make decisions, and which technologies are used by or influence these processes. As a matter of necessity, the answers to all these questions must be documented and collected to form the business process design.

I’ll explore the value of taking a big-picture approach to establishing the Business Blueprint and show how SAP Solution Manager is key to establishing the business process-aligned, holistic design that modern SAP solutions need to produce maximum value and sustainability. As you’ve probably experienced or can imagine, this represents an enormous amount of information that comes in various forms. The information falls into the three basic categories: people, processes, and technology. It is within these categories that Business Blueprint functionality can begin to add value.

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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