SAP Business One Implementation – Winning Strategies
By Dattatreya R.Kulkarni Posted July 11, 2016 In Management
1. Executive Summary
Implementing SAP is a business led initiative and not an IT project. It is a journey which starts with building of a business case for implementing SAP, getting required internal approvals, followed by identification of the partner and several other preparatory activities before project start. Matters like identifying project team, key users, creating a detail project plan follow. Executing a project successfully is not a matter of chance but a function of several critical success factors (CSFs) which when addressed well, forms a winning strategy.
Whereas majority of large enterprises have already moved to SAP platform years ago, the Indian Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) is actively engaged either in evaluating solutions or implementing projects.
This paper is intended to be brief guideline for such SMEs, who can, hopefully, make use of these learnings gathered over two decades of experience in this domain. It is assumed that the business case exists in the SME and the company has decided to adopt SAP Business One solution.
Those who may have read the article “SAP Business One – The Right Solution for SMEs” at http://tinyurl.com/zsp7tnh may note that the critical success factors (that are being covered in this article) were mentioned towards the end of the article.
2. Three Key Constituents
As evident in the picture, the three constituents of successful implementation are:
- Choosing the right product
- Top Management commitment towards the project
- Working with the ‘right’ implementation partner