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Tips for implementing SAP ERP HCM globally

by Amy Thistle

May 13, 2013

This HR tip comes courtesy of Manimala Kanagavel of Deloitte, who is speaking at our upcoming HR 2013 event, 11-13 June in Amsterdam! Get an introduction to approaches to global SAP ERP HCM implementation. 

  • Big Bang Approach: Covers complete scope – modules, functionality, geographies, languages, population, divisions
    • Advantages
      • Faster implementation
      • Quick “wins”
      • Standard, no-frills, “vanilla” implementations
    • Disadvantages
      • Basic design issues could affect all functionalities and users
      • Cannot accommodate local requirements for customization
      • Change management would be a challenge
      • Effective training will be required
      • More resources required
      • More expensive due to the resource requirements
  • Phased Approach: Covers scope in smaller steps or rollouts/roll ins
    • Advantages
      • Pilot implementation followed by other waves
      • Uses lessons learnt in waves/rollouts for next stage
      • Ability to tweak or fine tune the solution to fit the business process better
    • Disadvantages
      • Takes longer to implement
      • Slower to realize return on investment
  • Parallel Adoption Approach: Both legacy and new system run in parallel until users adopt the new system completely
    • Advantages
      • Business as usual, as legacy and new system are available
      • Users are less resistant
      • Ability to tweak or fine tune the solution to fit the business process better
    • Disadvantages
      • Takes longer to implement as user adoption takes longer
      • Increases work load as users need to maintain two systems
      • Higher investment to run both systems in parallel

Learn about this and more. There is still time to register for HR 2013! Register by June 9 to save €100!

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