Using Standards for a More Maintainable Solution

  • by D. Russell Sloan, Implementation and Governance Specialist — SAP Solution Manager, IBM Global Business Services
  • April 1, 2014
D. Russell Sloan explains the value of establishing and adhering to standards when you are delivering a solution.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn:

  • The value and importance of establishing good project standards
  • How to guide the standards setting sessions for your project
Key Concept

Solution Documentation is much more than a collection of Microsoft Word documents and some flow charts. It is a representation of everything that goes into designing, building, testing, delivering, and supporting a solution.

Implementations generate a lot of information about the final solution to be delivered. This information includes solution design, mapping of transactions and configuration, and documentation on functional and technical development, testing, job roles, and even training materials. Keeping all this organized and usable for your support organization requires the use of naming and procedural standards during the project.

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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