6 Tips for Accelerating SAP Projects

  • by David Hannon, Contributing Editor
  • July 20, 2011
We talked to Francois Estellon and Joseph Micic of Bucyrus, a mining equipment company, about six ways you can improve your chances of executing a model SAP project.

A successful SAP project team is one that implements solutions on time and on budget. Francois Estellon, CIO and vice president of IT at Bucyrus, will tell you that a very successful team is one that learns from past experience and fine-tunes its processes to complete projects faster and more efficiently to reduce costs and speed return on investment (ROI).

Prior to becoming CIO at the mining equipment maker, Estellon was the company’s global SAP head and IT integration manager and built an extremely efficient SAP implementation team. Today, in addition to the traditional CIO duties, he still spends a lot of his time working with Joseph Micic, his successor as global SAP director, to guide and assist the company’s SAP project teams in accelerating their deployments. That could include everything from advising Micic on keeping teams adequately challenged to keying in purchase orders the night before a go-live. “We are doing projects in weeks that typically take months or years,” Estellon says.

Project Expert talked to Estellon and Micic to collect their thoughts and strategies on accelerating SAP projects and keeping project teams motivated. They gave us six tips that have helped them build the successful project track record they have today.


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