Considering SAP global roll-out project? Expand your Business with SEIDOR's well defined strategy
As organizations grow, they try to expand presence by expanding existing operations into international markets. As they make this movement, unlike their fragmented existing ERP systems, single consolidated solution is the best fit to serve the needs of different regions and improve operational performance. In the process of massive and complex roll-out projects, selection of technology partner and implementation of IT cloud infrastructure requires a careful plan, control, and robust after go-live support.
In this article, we will discuss the challenges of an SAP Roll-out projects, change management and key factors to consider to a successful global roll-out with Tight timeline and maximum efficiency.
Replicating the business model of the SAP systems in subsidiaries that have similar business processes is a complex undertaking. One of the biggest and most important challenge to address is the understanding of company’s global business structure, where roll-out crosses many countries’ boundaries such as culture, languages in global system, taxing processes and vast differences in timing zones. Thus, successful organizations are rolling out with partners who have strong global presence, expertise, and business agility (link).
SEIDOR is a global company with local presence in five continents globally. It extends beyond technology consultancy to include supporting in the change management process. SEIDOR’s change management methodology offers a comprehensive and professional approach to business transformations that helps leaders achieve seamless transitions with minimal disruption to their businesses. Our experts focus on what matters the most ensuring the employees are willing and able to change.
If you are also planning your roll-out project, it is vital to select the right SAP partner. One who you can trust to deliver the outcomes you need and help you to identify the best solution and deployment model to achieve your business goals. At SEIDOR, owning the expertise in the domain of ERP solution, SAP in particular, we have broad experience in creating crafted global templates for the consolidation of business processes with local requirements adjusted. As lessons are learned from various massive rollouts, implementations are standardized to lower TCO for companies.
To be more competitive and current in global scale, companies across industries are modernizing their data platforms and moving most of their applications to the cloud. Through cloud platforms any project data can be more accessible and usable from any device and anywhere, which is ideal for remote workers and office in current business pace. As far as accessibility and flexibility is crucial for global scale ERP implementations, many businesses that have their data on-premise today are soon planning to migrate to cloud. At SEIDOR, we build individual Cloud Transformation strategy catering each customer’s infrastructure needs.
While planning your roll-out project, SEIDOR recommends following critical factors to the success of large and complex initiatives:
World is changing at fast pace and this effects everyone personally and at work. In this context, adapting to and managing change has become a fundamental skill for dealing with the present and the future. The consequences of changes always affect people, who are a company's main asset, and therefore it is essential to have their support. People are generally reluctant to change because of the insecurity and uncertainty they create. Every organization has a unique standards in different office locations with significant complexities around culture, geography and language. A strong technology partner should lead the change management efforts globally agreeing on approach and style in the early stage of the project which is one of the key factors to change management.
Diverse Team. Global roll-out delivery team
Choosing the right team is essential for successful project implementation. An SAP global roll-out initiative requires diverse team of people from those who have deep skills in the solution and an understanding of the companies’ whole process of business units to those who are able to collaborate with different stakeholders. Thereby, team diversity can improve project success rate when there are different timing zones, especially when team works in multiple continents. SEIDOR engages heavily with all end users to ensure successful implementation and boost users’ confidence in, and acceptance of, the new solution.
Effective deployment plan
Well planned Technical system and scope plays a vital role in supporting roll-out. Most important part of defining the template is to classify countries by the size of operations and selection of the best business application fit for the companies initiative, as well as the best implementation approach to ensure s smooth transition. At SEIDOR, we provide advise our customers fast deployment options with easy to maintain solution as, in the digital age, many IT decision makers are always looking for ways to reduce in-house workload. Over the years after go-live, our customers continue relying on SEIDOR to enhance and support the ERP deployment, and explore options to engage further in the procurement of other business applications cloud services as serving not only technical advisor, but as a consultant in a business process standardization.
Meeting global standards while preserving company corporate culture is key to an organization’s success. Besides technology implementation, meeting those standards, knowing the legal rules well and maintaining brand recognition accordingly are also key to an organization’s roll-out success. SEIDOR group, having offices in more than 38 countries worldwide, resources availability as well as knowledge maintained accordingly is imminent. Availability of each country or unit is carefully studied as they may work according to their own holidays and leave periods.
It is important to have consolidated business model which can be considerably easier to maintain. However, global roll-outs are complex with complexities in tax regulations. It is preferable to aim for a standard initial template that’s 100% ready for implementation, but, there should be a space for agile corrections to those different countries, meaning, initial template will form 80% of the final solutions and remining 20% the localization part with continues updates. Thus, success in international roll-outs lies in finding the right balance between global template and localization.
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