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A new HR Expert article delves into three types of global roll-outs for SAP projects

by Scott Wallask

October 29, 2010

By Scott Wallask, Insider Learning Network

We just posted an article on HR Expert that provides an easy-to-understand explanation of the three types of roll-outs companies use for worldwide implementations.

The stakes are daunting. In the article, author and payroll project manager Charles Eubanks, writes, “Even for the most experienced SAP professionals, the prospect of mobilizing global resources across time zones, countries, and languages for any purpose can be daunting.”

Big bang, phasing by functional area, and phasing by geographic locations represent a trio of general approaches to global HCM implementation that Eubanks details.

The choices may seem simple, but they really aren’t so straightforward when you dig into the pros and cons. Time, funding, morale, stakeholder support, and aggravation all factor into the decision.

Eubanks message is timely as we wrap up our Projects 2010 conference today in Orlando.

My colleague, Kristin Bent, who is conference producer for Projects 2010 , noted in her own blog post that without the appropriate amount of time and money, “any new SAP initiative – whether an upgrade, global roll-out, or EhP installment – would be nearly impossible to complete.”

Among the suggestions Eubanks suggests: Try to lay a foundation with your global implementations, but don’t attempt to deliver all requirements for all countries and all users. Earmark “nice-to-have” features for a subsequent phase.

Projects involving SAP HCM – or any other SAP function, for that matter – can be enormous undertakings. With the economy remaining on shaky ground, you can appreciate some of the advice Eubanks gives in terms of making the best roll-out decisions without spinning your company’s roulette wheel unnecessarily.

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