If you write a report or give a presentation and one thing goes wrong, it’s usually not the end of the world. Maybe a few typos slip through your editing process, or one of your slides isn’t as clear as you’d like it to be. But in an SAP implementation or migration, even a small mistake towards the end can cause big, big problems — in some cases, multi-million dollar problems. Your SAP Project Management team needs to have the knowledge, discipline and experience to make sure that, when the new system is launched, everything goes according to plan.
3 Tips For Successful SAP Migration Project Management
- Use a Highly Structured Approach SAP migration has one goal: making sure your new system is up and running on time, providing the exact functionality you planned for all stakeholders. That’s a very work-intensive task. Your SAP landscape is extremely complex, and every piece needs to be connected, tested, adjusted, and retested before go-live.
The goal of SAP project management is to make sure none of those steps are left out. To do that, it needs to be planned out in detail, from beginning to end. Each procedure needs to be listed out in detail, with built-in tests and checks to ensure any mistakes are caught and corrected. Each waypoint needs due dates and a verification procedure. And you need to plan things out so that even if something does go wrong, the project doesn’t go off the rails. That means contingency plans for every step, and change management procedures to ensure any changes to your landscape are accounted for.
- Coordinate Business and Technical Know-how One of the biggest SAP HANA migration challenges is aligning technical goals with strategic and day-to-day needs. Your SAP landscape needs to fit the strategic vision of your leadership, support the workflow of stakeholders at every level, and cope with the growing resource demands of your organization. Accomplishing that task requires an SAP project management team that understands your industry as well as SAP. It also requires a project manager who can bring stakeholders from every level to the table, and hash out a plan that addresses everyone’s needs.
- Don’t Neglect Post Go-Live One of the most important questions you should ask your SAP project manager is, “when is this done?” Many businesses assume that once they rollover to the new landscape, everything is back to business as usual, but that’s not really the case.
Most projects require tweaking post go-live, as well as ongoing SAP performance tuning. If your project manager rolls over the project and hands it off to an admin who had no part in the project, it can cause disruption, since your admin won’t have any experience with your system. Make sure your SAP migration covers post go-live tuning or, better yet, choose a managed services partner who can execute the migration and run your landscape.
SAP Migration With No Surprises
Your business depends on your SAP landscape. Even a small delay or SAP migration can cause significant disruption and losses to your business. You need a team with the knowledge, experience and leadership to get it, from the planning stage through post go-live.