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Going Global with SAP: Project Management on a Whole New Level

by Kristin Bent

May 20, 2010

While sifting through the many press releases surfacing from SAPPHIRE this week, there was one in particular that caught my eye. Newell Rubbermaid - a name with which we’re  all familiar, I’m sure – recently implemented SAP BusinessObjects BI, EPM, and GRC solutions, to more efficiently and consistently view data across their 13 global units.

Although SAP BusinessObjects equips the organization with the reporting and analysis capabilities to better manage inventory and track spend data, the phrase “13 global units” made me raise my eyebrows from a project management perspective.

Even with the latest and greatest technologies, managing project teams in a global environment introduces a whole new set of challenges. Think about the complexity global initiatives must add to budget management and scope definition – not to mention the heap of linguistic and cultural challenges inevitably thrown into the mix.

Any project managers out there who can shed light on some of the unique challenges faced when managing a project globally? How should your project plan differ from that of an in-house or local SAP project? Any best practices you can share? Would love to hear.

Until next time!

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