June 28th, by Bill Wood SAP Project Dimensions Studies have shown that there is a critical disconnect between projected benefits in business cases for IT investments and actual value achieved, because so many firms focus on going live with a project rather than its value delivery. Critical business benefits for an SAP project require taking a hard look at the enterprise and its goals or direction [FN1]. The successful SAP project scope must encompass more than just operational considerations process improvement and automation ; they must include the critical components of focusing on the customer and product or service innovation see e.
Best practices[ edit ] Most ERP systems incorporate best practices. This means the software reflects the vendor's interpretation of the most effective way to perform each business process. Systems vary in how conveniently the customer can modify these practices.
They can also help comply with de facto industry standards, such as electronic funds transfer. This is because the procedure can be readily codified within the ERP software and replicated with confidence across multiple businesses who share that business requirement.
These systems are typically configured by systems integratorswho bring unique knowledge on process, equipment, and vendor solutions. Direct integration—ERP systems have connectivity communications to plant floor equipment as part of their product offering.
This requires that the vendors offer specific support for the plant floor equipment their customers operate. ERP vendors must be experts in their own products and connectivity to other vendor products, including those of their competitors. Database integration—ERP systems connect to plant floor data sources through staging tables in a database.
Plant floor systems deposit the necessary information into the database.
The ERP system reads the information in the table. The benefit of staging is that ERP vendors do not need to master the complexities of equipment integration. Connectivity becomes the responsibility of the systems integrator. An EATM offers the benefit of being an off—the—shelf solution.
Custom—integration solutions—Many system integrators offer custom solutions. These systems tend to have the highest level of initial integration cost, and can have a higher long term maintenance and reliability costs. Long term costs can be minimized through careful system testing and thorough documentation.
Custom—integrated solutions typically run on workstation or server-class computers. Implementation[ edit ] ERP's scope usually implies significant changes to staff work processes and practices. Modular ERP systems can be implemented in stages.
The typical project for a large enterprise takes about 14 months and requires around consultants. This reduces inventory storage and increases delivery efficiency, and requires up-to-date data. It is therefore crucial that organizations thoroughly analyze business processes before they implement ERP software.
Analysis can identify opportunities for process modernization. It also enables an assessment of the alignment of current processes with those provided by the ERP system. Research indicates that risk of business process mismatch is decreased by: Linking current processes to the organization's strategy Analyzing the effectiveness of each process Understanding existing automated solutions   ERP implementation is considerably more difficult and politically charged in decentralized organizations, because they often have different processes, business rules, data semantics, authorization hierarchies, and decision centers.
While this has happened, losses in one area are often offset by gains in other areas, increasing overall competitive advantage. ERP systems typically include many settings that modify system operations.
For example, an organization can select the type of inventory accounting— FIFO or LIFO —to use; whether to recognize revenue by geographical unit, product line, or distribution channel; and whether to pay for shipping costs on customer returns.
Each independent center or subsidiary may have its own business modelsworkflowsand business processes. Given the realities of globalization, enterprises continuously evaluate how to optimize their regional, divisional, and product or manufacturing strategies to support strategic goals and reduce time-to-market while increasing profitability and delivering value.
Since these smaller companies' processes and workflows are not tied to main company's processes and workflows, they can respond to local business requirements in multiple locations.
Manufacturing globalization, the economics of sourcing in emerging economies Potential for quicker, less costly ERP implementations at subsidiaries, based on selecting software more suited to smaller companies Extra effort, often involving the use of Enterprise application integration  is required where data must pass between two ERP systems  Two-tier ERP strategies give enterprises agility in responding to market demands and in aligning IT systems at a corporate level while inevitably resulting in more systems as compared to one ERP system used throughout the organization.Financial resources concern the ability of the business to "finance" its chosen strategy.
For example, a strategy that requires significant investment in new products, distribution channels, production capacity and working capital will place great strain on the business finances.
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