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The SAP Blue Book — A Concise Business Guide to the World of SAP

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ISBN:
978-1-59229-412-1
Author:
Michael Doane
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Softcover, 190 pages
Year:
2012

Product Description and Table of Contents

• SAP: what it is, how it works, and what it costs
• Apply best practices to implementation planning and avoid common pitfalls
• Gain maximum benefits, manage change, and learn how to thrive after go-live

You’re considering implementing SAP. Are you sure you’re ready? Learn from an industry expert what it means to implement SAP—and which changes it will bring to your company. With Michael Doane’s latest edition of The SAP Blue Book, you’ll discover how to assess your organization’s “SAP maturity,” achieve measurable business benefits, and build a Center of Excellence before you start setting up the project.

SAP in a Nutshell
Distinguish SAP from your legacy systems and understand what makes SAP an intuitive choice.

SAP Maturity
Learn how to assess company strategy, structure, and attitude to best prepare for an implementation.

Business/IT Alignment
Anticipate where the realms of business and IT will overlap in your SAP implementation.

SAP Education
Learn what you need to do to reach, teach, and train everyone involved in the SAP implementation, from executive management to end users.

Testimonials:

“The writing is excellent. The history of SAP is so easy to read and informative. Experienced folks will appreciate the review and novices will find it clear and entertaining.”
—Jon Reed
JonERP.com

“A sourcebook that informs and demystifies the phenomenon of SAP. Filled with charts, tables, case  studies, and more than a touch of humor.”
—Nancy Bancroft
Author of Implementing SAP R/3
(Prentice Hall, 1997)

Table of Contents

  • ... Preface ... 11
  • 1 ... How SAP Discovered the New World ... 15
  • 1.1 ... A Quarter Century of Partial Victories ... 15
  • 1.2 ... The Accelerating Failure of Traditional Information Systems ... 16
  • 1.3 ... Computerize This ... 20
  • 1.4 ... Discovering the New World ... 21
  • 1.5 ... SAP’s Rise to the Top ... 24
  • 1.6 ... Keeping Technology in Context ... 25
  • 2 ... What Is SAP? ... 27
  • 2.1 ... Reading with the SAP Alphabet ... 27
  • 2.2 ... Features of SAP ... 29
  • 2.2.1 ... Complete Suite of Integrated Applications ... 29
  • 2.2.2 ... Open Systems Architecture ... 30
  • 2.2.3 ... Global Business Architecture ... 31
  • 2.2.4 ... Transparency Between SAP and PC Applications ... 32
  • 2.2.5 ... Audit Trail and Data Integrity Controls ... 33
  • 2.3 ... Core Business Applications of SAP ... 33
  • 2.4 ... Work Flow Applications ... 34
  • 2.5 ... Accelerated Solutions with SAP NetWeaver ... 35
  • 2.6 ... And All the Rest ... 37
  • 2.7 ... Critical Distinctions Between SAP and What You Know ... 38
  • 2.7.1 ... Critical Distinction #1: SAP is a Business Endeavor, Not a Computer Endeavor ... 39
  • 2.7.2 ... Critical Distinction #2: Integration = Enterprise-wide = Horizontal Processes ... 41
  • 2.7.3 ... Critical Distinction #3: Integration Places an Added Burden on Direct Users ... 41
  • 2.7.4 ... Critical Distinction #4: The System Lifecycle Is Vastly Extended ... 42
  • 3 ... Are You Ready for SAP? ... 45
  • 3.1 ... Red Light, Green Light ... 46
  • 3.2 ... Assessing Your SAP Readiness ... 48
  • 3.2.1 ... Level 1: Strategy ... 50
  • 3.2.2 ... Level 2: Organization ... 50
  • 3.2.3 ... Level 3: Goals and Measurements ... 51
  • 3.2.4 ... Level 4: Consulting and Education ... 52
  • 3.2.5 ... Level 5: Awareness and Commitment ... 52
  • 4 ... SAP in a Microwave ... 55
  • 4.1 ... A New System Lifecycle ... 55
  • 4.2 ... SAP in a Microwave ... 58
  • 4.2.1 ... The Planning Stage ... 59
  • 4.2.2 ... The Development Stage ... 67
  • 4.3 ... Post-Implementation: The Windfall ... 78
  • 4.4 ... Accelerated SAP Implementations ... 80
  • 5 ... There’s No Such Thing as Having SAP ... 85
  • 5.1 ... The SAP Long Haul ... 86
  • 5.2 ... Post-Implementation Excellence ... 90
  • 5.3 ... Center of Excellence Maturity ... 94
  • 5.4 ... Application Outsourcing ... 99
  • 6 ... Seizing Business Benefits with SAP ... 103
  • 6.1 ... Show Me the Money! ... 103
  • 6.2 ... “We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us” ... 107
  • 6.3 ... The Intangibles ... 109
  • 6.4 ... Better, Faster, Cheaper ... 113
  • 6.5 ... Postscript: Business-IT Alignment Is the Hero ... 114
  • 7 ... Gain Sharing: A 21st Century Way to Partner ... 117
  • 7.1 ... Negotiation Points for Gain Sharing ... 118
  • 7.2 ... Key Performance Indicators ... 120
  • 7.3 ... Advantages and Cautions ... 121
  • 8 ... Selecting and Managing SAP Consultants ... 125
  • 8.1 ... The Frenzy Is Over ... 125
  • 8.2 ... Global Delivery Models ... 126
  • 8.3 ... What SAP Consultants Do ... 130
  • 8.4 ... Consulting Billing Methods ... 131
  • 8.5 ... Choosing Your SAP Consultants Wisely ... 133
  • 8.6 ... Successful Partnerships with SAP Consultants ... 138
  • 9 ... Curves Ahead: SAP Education for All ... 141
  • 9.1 ... Executives Are Not Trained—They Are Informed ... 142
  • 9.2 ... Education for Middle Management ... 144
  • 9.3 ... Project Team Training ... 145
  • 9.3.1 ... Phase 1: Take It from the Top ... 145
  • 9.3.2 ... Phase 2: The Horizontal View ... 146
  • 9.3.3 ... Phase 3: The Vertical View ... 147
  • 9.3.4 ... Phase 4: Field Guidance ... 147
  • 9.3.5 ... Phase 5: Field Testing the Project Team ... 148
  • 9.4 ... End-User Training ... 148
  • 9.5 ... Racing to the Expert Plane ... 154
  • 10 ... Making the Most of Change Management ... 159
  • 10.1 ... Change Management Element #1: Program Governance ... 162
  • 10.2 ... Change Management Element #2: Risk/Readiness Assessment ... 164
  • 10.3 ... Change Management Element #3: A Leadership Program ... 168
  • 10.4 ... Change Management Element #4: A Communications Program ... 170
  • 10.5 ... Change Management Element #5: A Job Alignment Approach ... 174
  • 10.6 ... Change Management Element #6: A Super-User Program ... 176
  • 10.7 ... Change Management Element #7: A Knowledge Transfer Process ... 180
  • 10.8 ... Change Management Element #8: Role-Based Training ... 182
  • ... The Authors ... 185
  • ... Index ... 187



Product Reviews


  1. SAP in a Nutshell

    Posted by Anonymous on Dec 3rd, 2012

    Distinguish SAP from your legacy systems and understand what makes SAP an intuitive choice.


  2. Posted by Anonymous on Nov 20th, 2012

    This book is presented with user friendly explanation . It is highly recommended as standby user manual for end users of SAP


  3. Plain English Approach! Must Have Reference!

    Posted by Anonymous on Oct 11th, 2012

    If you are looking how to help your end users with SAP - this is it!
    It breaks down each step and shows a short term and long term approach to success. A must have reference book for any ERP Training Lead or Management Professional who works with ERP.


  4. SAP reality exposed

    Posted by Anonymous on Jun 13th, 2012

    Highly readable, with a touch of humor. A must read for SAP customers. Michael should be considered the SAP "Go To" guy for all things SAP.


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