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Templates - the key to a unified enterprise

Are your business processes not standardized or only insufficiently standardized? There are too many different approaches and strategies for a redesign, which on top of that also appear confusing? Should the future systems allow flexible adaptations? Moreover, should the implementation of new templates be cost-effective and timely?

Phases and difficulties of template management

Template Management allows customers to manage their company through a wide variety of SAP installations, even across large distances. With the help of work packages, in which several standardized processes are bundled, the workflows within the organization are coordinated. The creation and maintenance of these (so-called) templates often requires a lot of consulting.

 The first hurdles are template architecture and tailoring. Legal, technical and operational circumstances as well as the integration into existing templates of the same system are only a part of the framework conditions to be considered.

 During the subsequent implementation, the question of the project method and the correct structuring of the development and test phases usually arises.

 The decisions to be made with regard to release strategy and change management are similarly complex. The project method according to which release scopes are formed, as well as the organization of the recording, evaluation and implementation of the change request, are decisive for successful template management.

 The goal of the following rollout is to keep the project risk, the costs and the project duration as low as possible by using the appropriate strategy. Essential here are problems such as: Can or must there be a cross-site rollout? Is this to be done in performance stages or with a big bang? Are there constraints with regard to system availability? How will users be involved and supported in the rollout? Who is responsible for planning and monitoring the cutover?

Finally, prior to application management, it must be clarified which locations, time zones, languages, critical processes, support levels and user groups are to be considered. In addition, topics such as the possibility of outsourcing or partial outsourcing to nearshoring and offshoring as well as the establishment of on-call services must also be clarified.

With the support of abat consultants you can master these challenges

We have many years of experience in the area of SAP template building, both in blueprint, realization as well as in rollout and application management. We advise our customers not only on purely SAP-specific issues, but also on strategic decisions and their implementation throughout the entire lifecycle.


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