Companies embark on SAP implementations and upgrades to help them achieve their strategic goals. These projects are usually costly and complex and there is significant pressure that the benefits are realised. Most projects require the use of specialists and are often outsourced to a consortium of suppliers. As a result it is critical that the business and the project sponsors have assurances of the projects success.
For SAP implementations and upgrades there are typically four areas that management need to understand:
- Is the project under control i.e. on time, on cost, on quality?
- Will the solution meet the business requirements and help the business achieve its objectives?
- Is the organisation ready for the change from a people and process perspective not just a technical change?
- Are you getting value for money from your consortium of suppliers and will they be able to deliver what is required?
We have developed a risk based methodology that focuses on the key risk areas where a programme or project may fail. The methodology uses a top down/bottom up approach to assess the project from the programme set up and project management to the detailed SAP design and implementation. The primary focus is on the existence and appropriateness of governance and control over the programme/project lifecycle as well as the critical activities required for successful implementation. This methodology enables us to:
- Define and implement focused reviews aligned to the programme/project lifecycle and the activities critical to its success.
- Focus quickly on the key risk areas allowing us to dive deeper into the underlying causes of risk.
- Identify issues quickly enabling the programme/project to respond before delivery is impacted or critical programme/project decisions are made.
- Provide pragmatic recommendations for management to action.
- Evaluate current programme/project activity against our own experience of good practice, relevant industry standards and your own requirements.