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SAP Implementation Unleashed: A Business and Technical Roadmap to Deploying SAP, 1st edition

  • George D. Anderson
  • Heather Hillary
  • Charles D. Nilson
  • Tim Rhodes
  • Sachin Kakade
  • Andreas Jenzer
  • Bryan King
  • Jeff Davis
  • Parag Doshi
  • Veeru Mehta

Published by Sams Publishing (May 21st 2009) - Copyright © 2009

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SAP Implementation Unleashed

A Business and Technical Roadmap to Deploying SAP


George W. Anderson

Charles D. Nilson

Tim Rhodes


SAP can help you capture better information and deliver it more quickly, allowing you to make better decisions and maximize the business value of everything you do. However, SAP implementations require massive effort, total buy-in, and significant change throughout the organization. In SAP Implementation Unleashed, 10 expert SAP project managers, functional consultants, and technologists guide you through the entire journey, helping you avoid pain and pitfalls and gain all the benefits of SAP.


The authors introduce start-to-finish business, technical, and project management roadmaps for successful SAP implementation. Then, drawing on their immense experience, they walk you through the entire process of planning and deployment—addressing make-or-break issues and hidden gaps that other guidebooks ignore. You’ll discover how to employ processes, models, and toolsets that help you achieve implementation excellence while systematically reducing cost and business risk. Along the way, you’ll find actionable advice and real-world insight into innovative project management, best-suited leadership, effective load testing, contemporary infrastructure implementation, and more.


George W. Anderson is responsible for providing enterprise applications thought leadership for the EDS/HP office of the CTO. A long-time SAP consultant and PMI-certified project manager, George has authored several best-selling books and enjoys new challenges.


Charles D. Nilson is a senior program manager for EDS/HP and has led many successful SAP implementation teams over the years. He is a PMI PMP and is SAP Partner Academy certified in MM and PP.


Tim Rhodes is a senior SAP technical consultant for EDS/HP and a Basis/infrastructure veteran focused on implementing, migrating, and upgrading SAP Business Suite and NetWeaver solutions. Tim is also an SAP-certified technical consultant, OCP, MCSE, and HP Master ASE.


Detailed Information on How To...

  • Define the business vision driving your implementation, and use it to design your solution
  • Use TCO techniques to fully understand SAP’s financial impact in your organization
  • Structure your SAP project management office, business teams, technical support organization, and overall project team
  • Size, plan, and test your SAP infrastructure to deliver the best performance and availability at the best cost
  • Integrate SAP into an SOA environment
  • Install and configure SAP Business Suite and NetWeaver components
  • Perform basic functional configuration, testing, and change management activities
  • Enable a smooth transition by successfully performing the critical tasks that immediately precede
  • SAP Go-Live
  • Choose the right mix of tools and applications to test, manage, and monitor SAP
  • Prepare your SAP Operations team for its post-implementation responsibilities


Category: Databases

Covers: SAP

User Level: Beginner–Intermediate–Advanced


Table of contents

Part I       Setting the Stage

1              What it Means to Implement SAP

2              SAP Projects: Characteristics and Themes

3              Business Vision

4              ERP Solution Vision

5              Financial Impact: ERP Costing and ROI

6              Knowledge Repository

Part II      Getting Started

7              PM Checkpoint 1

8              Building the SAP PMO

9              SAP Project Management

10            No Implementation is an Island: Partners Required

11            Building the SAP Project Team

12            Staffing a World-Class Project Team

13            Staffing the SAP Business Teams

14            Staffing the SAP IT Technical Support Organization

15            HA Considerations and Solutions

16            DR Considerations and Solutions

17            Availability and Recoverability: Organizational Factors

18            Introduction to SAP Platform Sizing

19            Conducting the SAP Platform Sizing Process

20            Training SAP Users

21            Developing the SAP Data Center


22            PM Checkpoint 2

23            Preparing for SAP Component Installations

24            Installing SAP NetWeaver Components

25            Installing SAP Business Suite Components

26            Functional Development

27            Functional Configuration Change Control

28            Functional, Integration, and Regression Testing

29            Advanced Concepts: Functional Testing


30            PM Checkpoint 3: Project Team Retention

31            SAP Infrastructure Operational Considerations

32            SAP Infrastructure and Platform Testing

33            SAP Load and Stress Testing

34            Technical Change Control

35            SAP Systems and Operations Management

36            Preparing for SAP Go-Live

Appendix A           Case Study Considerations and Conclusions

Appendix B           SAP Acronyms and Terminology


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