SAP enhancement packages galore!

by Amy Thistle

June 21, 2011

Enhancement packages seem to be the topic on everyone’s mind these days. What are they? How do you install them? What functionality do they give you? At this year’s Managing your SAP Projects conference, November 2-4 in Las Vegas we will have plenty of coverage on the topics mentioned previously.

Specifically, the event includes the following sessions dedicated to SAP enhancement packages:

Critical steps and considerations to succeed throughout your upgrade life cycle: Technical upgrade, functional upgrade, and ongoing enhancement package maintenance   Walk through the pros and cons of each upgrade approach, and gather recommendations to help you make the right long-term decision for your organization. Get a firm understanding of how technical upgrade, functional upgrade, and SAP enhancement package installation projects differ in terms of cost, time, resources, and benefits. Determine whether a purely technical upgrade project truly reduces expenses and risks and what the tradeoffs are in terms of long-term ROI and support for the business. Explore the major financial, HR, logistics, and corporate functional deltas between SAP R/3 and SAP ERP releases and SAP enhancement packages and understand prerequisites for activating new functionality. Find out how technical upgrades, functional upgrades, and enhancement package projects have varying effects on testing and downtime. Determine when you should include an SAP enhancement package installation and activation with your upgrade. Understand the prerequisites for using various pieces of functionality in SAP ERP 6.0.

Choosing the best methods and tools t o minimize downtime and accelerate your upgrade or enhancement package project Your deadline and downtime are two of the most critical benchmarks used to measure the success of any upgrade project. Through lecture and demonstration, become familiar with dozens of tools that help you conquer these objectives, whether you are performing a simple upgrade project or an upgrade along with enhancement package implementation. Learn how to utilize the solution browser tool to identify functional deltas in your SAP ERP system. See how the upgrade dependency analyzer works to uncover dependencies that could affect other SAP components in your landscape when you upgrade. Get expert advice to deftly navigate the SAP Upgrade Information Center to get the information you need, when you need it.

An introduction to SAP’s newest product delivery strategy: SAP Innovations 2010 Gain immediate insight into SAP’s Innovations 2010 synchronized delivery model to help you understand how future developments are scheduled and released. Take a guided tour of the most up-to-date SAP product roadmaps to understand SAP’s market and innovations strategy for 2011 and beyond. Learn how you can utilize these roadmaps to scope out your future SAP projects and continuously improve them. Get an introduction to the tools available to help you plan your own SAP roadmap or build your business case using the solution browser tool, SAP business function prediction or the value life cycle manager tool. Take home white papers on Innovations 2010 “What’s New Overview” and “Clear TCO measures for Best Run organizations”.

Guidelines for utilizing SAP Solution Manager to manage your enhancement package implementation  Determine the role SAP Solution Manager plays before, during, and after any enhancement package project, and hear real-world examples of enhancement package implementation achieved using various tools in SAP Solution Manager. Understand the strengths of the business function concept integration with SAP Solution Manager. Learn how to use the business add-on to ASAP for industry-specific content during your implementation. Learn how this integration supports not only the implementation process, but the whole application lifecycle management process. Get insight into how to perform change impact analysis for planned activation of business function to easily identify the right business content for testing. See a demonstration of how to leverage the business processes templates within the business process repository.  Take home a guide to the tabs and fields available in project administration tool to reference back in the office.

An up-to-date and comprehensive guide to SAP ERP upgrades and enhancement packages: What you now need to know to succeed 

This dynamic three-hour interactive session provides you with tools, tips, and best practices for successfully executing an upgrade to SAP ERP or enhancement package installation.

Understand how the technical foundation of SAP ERP 6.0 differs from that of SAP R/3 and how it will affect your upgrade planning and execution

Evaluate the methods and tools that can help you put together a rock-solid upgrade project plan, including:

    • Project plan templates
    • Upgrade project roadmaps
    • Upgrade accelerators
    • SAP Solution Manager
    • Cutover templates
    • Test accelerators  

Examine how the skill sets required for your project team will vary depending on which pieces of functionality you activate

Identify the project phases where cost overruns are most likely to occur, and obtain advice for how to keep costs under control

Find out how to determine hardware sizing requirements

Learn the best ways to identify all your existing application modifications and custom interfaces

Get actionable tips for performing custom code remediation and adapting test scripts. Take a look at options for installing and activating enhancement packages.


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