No one ever said that succeeding in business was easy. In fact, the annals of business are littered with failures. And when a business does beat the odds, when it grows revenue, expands market share and trounces competition, the degree of difficulty in sustaining this success grows exponentially.
The Achilles heel of business success is complexity.
Internally, complexity threatens a company’s success by way of antiquated legacy systems, disparate applications, disjointed business processes, rising software and maintenance costs, disruptive technologies, big data, and the disastrous consequences of a failed software rollout, just for starters.
Externally, complexity drains business profits and stifles responsiveness by way of costly, redundant and disparate systems, sprawling supply chains, convoluted business networks, unpredictable geopolitical forces, economic volatility, material price fluctuations, and ever-shifting compliance and legislative responsibilities, to name a few.
Succeeding in today’s fiercely competitive global economy demands a technology infrastructure and applications landscape that enables a business to adapt to new challenges, exploit new opportunities, comply with regional laws, and push innovation to ever-greater heights.
While it appears self-evident that enterprise software should ameliorate and never exasperate the damaging effects of complexity, the painful truth is that decade’s of software and business-application implementations have, for too many businesses, resulted in a Gordian Knot of complexity, with all of the attendant, negative consequences -- missed objectives, missed opportunities, spiraling costs, business disruption, and, in the worse cases, death by way of insolvency or commoditization.
For the past 40 years, SAP has helped businesses of all sizes solve their most complex business challenges. SAP and proven SAP implementation partners such as NTT DATA now have their sights set on eliminating “complexity sprawl” that has crept into the world’s IT and business processes.
Here are three examples of how SAP and SAP partners are eliminating the complexity – and driving down the costs – of SAP rollouts using a template approach:
SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions
SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions (RDS) are business software targeting specific line-of-business needs that can be deployed as fast as within 12 weeks.
RDS take away complexity and reduce risk by offering a complete and proven solution with a fixed price.
Speeding time-to -value, RDS combine preconfigured SAP software, best practices, user enablement and fixed-scope implementation services.
SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions are deployed across the cloud, on premise or in hybrid landscapes. With best practices-based implementation content and risk-reducing methodologies, businesses can be up and running in days or weeks on solutions that best fit their immediate needs.
RDS integrate with existing solutions and provide an extendible foundation to meet business needs now and in the future.
SAP and SAP partners have developed a broad portfolio of RDS, spanning everything from Cloud and database migration to analytics and mobility, user engagement, and line-of-business applications.
The ‘Lego-like’ character of RDS enable customers to build one on top of the other, customize and extend their RDS as much or as little as they want, and, most importantly, strategically map out an incremental implementation plan that addresses their most pressing business needs while staying within their budget requirement.
According to an infographic published by SAP, more than 1,300 unique customers are either live or going live with their RDS implementation today.
SAP Business All-in-One
SAP Business All-in-One solutions are comprehensive, industry-specific ERP solutions that helps SMEs manage every aspect of their fast-growing business -- from financials and HR to sales and procurement.
All-in-One solutions are built by SAP partners using their deep business-process and industry expertise and certified by SAP.
Low-risk, easy-to-implement All-in-One solutions are tailored to the customer’s industry through pre-configuration of the solution according to best practices.
Pre-configuration and the packaging of necessary software and services enables SAP Business All-in-One solutions to be implemented in an average time of eight to twelve weeks, shaving months off a typical ERP implementation project.
Beyond standard functionality, SAP Business All-in-One solutions provides a path to SAP’s full range of rapid-deployment solutions into new areas such as business intelligence, mobility, SAP HANA, industry-specific solutions, and LoB applications to support future business needs.
Given the ease of deployment and fast time to value of SAP Business All-in-One solutions, it is no surprise that SAP has been named by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Single-Instance ERP for Product-Centric Midmarket Companies” report for the third consecutive year.
Global Templates, Solution Manager and a Proven SAP Implementation Partner
The pace of technological change will almost certainly accelerate in the next 10-15 years, as will globalization.
New (relatively) technologies such as Cloud, mobility and big-data analytics present a wealth of opportunity for driving efficiency, innovation and profits.
Access to larger markets drives higher demand for products.
Global companies can leverage technological advances and economies of scale to reduce production costs and increase profits, but only if the myriad difficulties that come with coordinating the activities of subsidiaries based in several countries are vanquished.
A selection of top challenges global companies must overcome includes:
- Disjointed business processes
- Lack of data standards, legacy data migration, global master data harmonization/consolidation
- Disparate system infrastructures
- Local regulatory and tax compliance
- Knowledge transfer to local resources
Time and time again at NTT DATA we’ve helped global companies realize large synergies and efficiency gains by using a central, globally integrated ERP solution.
The global template rollout approach allows customers with multi-site SAP installations to efficiently manage their business processes across geographical distances – from initial template definition to template implementation and template optimization.
Properly managed, global template rollouts provide the advantage of leveraging proven processes that enable business growth on a stable, transparent and solid basis, all while reducing overall IT cost.
The template approach defined and practiced by NTT DATA creates significant synergy between the global units in terms of understanding and creating unique processes that need to be used across the globe as well as the benefits that these new processes are going to bring to the organization.
NTT DATA’s hands-on approach and change-management expertise eliminates the danger of non-acceptance of the new processes by various units across the globe, which is arguably the biggest hurdle customers face when embarking on a global rollout.
In general, there are three potential approaches for implementing SAP globally:
- Implementing individual projects
- Creating a centrally developed implementation template with local rollouts
- Rolling out projects based on productive implementations
At NTT DATA, we work with customer to build a suitable, cost-effective approach that takes into account everything from how the company is structured and operates globally to geographical spread, current and desired operating mechanisms, company culture and history, budgets, expected milestones, etc.
Over the years, NTT DATA has built numerous templates, tools and accelerators that reduce the cost, complexity and risk of individual solution implementations as well as template-based global rollouts. Our unique hub-and-spoke methodology coupled with NTT DATA’s global delivery framework ensures that the costs for the rollouts are contained without compromising value.
Apart from our proprietary tools, at NTT DATA we implement SAP Solution Manager (known as SOLEMAN in the SAP trenches) as the ‘go-to’ application lifecycle management tool set for eliminating complexity, lowering total cost of ownership, optimizing performance, and reducing risk associated with implementations, upgrades and additions to their SAP landscape.
Business-process standardization tempered with flexibility enough to adapt to regional variances enable our global customers to navigate geopolitical forces, volatile economies, dynamic market conditions and an ever-shifting regulatory and compliance landscape as they continue on their trajectory of ever-increasing market and revenue growth.
As NTT DATA has repeatedly demonstrated to SAP customers, templatized solutions such as SAP Business All-in-One, SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions and our hub-and-spoke model for global SAP rollouts yield significant, measurable value over the lifecycle of their evolving SAP landscape.
Contact NTT DATA today to learn more about driving down the cost and complexity of SAP rollouts.