Whether you are getting ready to do your first SAP implementation or are extending your existing SAP footprint, you will need to plan out your SAP Project Team Staffing Requirements. Though the CFO will want to run the financials on both your SAP Project ROI and project cost, the CIO will be more focused on standing up the SAP team and determining how much it will cost.
As an Engineer, part of my job is to make the difficult or impossible look easy. In this blog I talk about mastering the BOBJ Webi Universes. I can also assure you that creating a Business Objects Universe is not a trivial or easy task your first time through the process. Gathering the data connection information can be daunting. Also there is quite a bit of effort required by the Business Analyst (you) interviewing the customer to gather their requirements that you will need for the Data Foundation and the Business Layer. Finally, there are the requirements for the Webi Reports thenselves. In short, I don't recommend you go into a Webi or Universe design effort without a game plan or a methodology for success prior to sitting down at the Information Design Tool (IDT).
It is often said that the modern economy is possible, at least in part, due to the specialization of labor. When it comes to SAP Consultancies, the question is, "how do they truly differentiate themselves and how do they let not just the world know, but the right people know"?
Do you have any idea how many SAP Consulting Companies are out there? Or how many different types of SAP Companies there are in the SAP eco-system? Do you need to hire the services of top gun SAP Consultants but don’t really know what that means or where you might find a SAP Consulting Company with access to a vast network of SAP consultants.
That was quite a while ago, and though we have suffered through a financial crisis and any number of calamities since, improving the supply chain and eliminating the bull-whip effect all up and down the supply chain remains an ongoing challenge. Fortunately, many tools exist, as they existed in 2001, to help smooth the flow. Those tools have continued to advance, however, even in the latest release of the SAP APO (Advanced Planner and Optimizer), part of the wider SCM (Supply Chain Management) suite of products, one key question about SAP BW (Business Warehouse), always arises, and that is, how to integrate the two.
Congratulations go out to Doug Ayers, on achieving Project Management Professional (PMP), Certification from the Project Management Institute. Doug is one of the founders of this company and a highly experienced software project manager who, besides working on SAP BW and Webi and xCelsius Dashboard projects, has also delivered hundreds of embedded systems software projects.
After watching a recent video by Mike Yuk and Jon of Jon ERP and reading the related Gartner report, which was actually sort of depressing, I had a long tête-a-tête with my brother and chief SAP BW architect to see if we couldn’t diagnose why so many BW projects around the world are apparently failing. Especially since the ones we have worked on have generally succeeded. We think this is an important question because if 75% of all IT projects are doomed to failure on day one, the question is "Why" are they doomed to fail and can these doomed projects be identified through risk evaluation and perhaps set on a course with a high probability ( ie. > 95% confidence level) of success? Brainstorming, we came up with the following potential common causes of business intelligence failures.
Did you know that in a recent Gartner report, 75% of all business intelligence projects are projected to fail and this number is worse than reported by Gartner in all previous reports, going back to at least 2003! You would think that after all these years of business intelligence projects, the tools would be ‘good enough’. But if you listen to the BI tools vendors, or just watch their release schedule or pay attention to their buy-outs, then you would have to conclude that by now, the tools must be pretty good, and in some cases, very beautiful to look at.
To successfully execute most things in life, like a business, a vacation or a party, there has to be good strategic planning behind it. I have recently experienced personally how having a good strategy can guarantee success even with the most difficult of situations. Unfortunately, the “difficult situation” was myself. A couple of months ago my boyfriend, friends and family were able to successfully pull off a surprise birthday party for me, which is no easy feat. You see, I love the element of surprise but something always goes wrong with my beloved surprise and I. Either I catch wind of the surprise and have to pretend to go along with it or I have to be told the surprise in advance because I am so resistant in going with what is supposed to be the diversion plan. However, this time, I was completely, utterly 100 percent surprised that I cried and was so shocked my first reaction was to walk out of the party because I was so overwhelmed. This was all due to fantastic strategic planning as well as knowing your end-client very well, which was myself, in this case. The elements of this victorious surprise party plan included planning ahead, dividing duties amongst a number of people, a little trickery and having a good diversion plan that will not seem out of the ordinary and have me suspect that something is awry.
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