The SAPⓇ Blueprint Accelerator

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The SAPⓇ Blueprint Accelerator

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This product extends the iServer BPMN Accelerator, and provides both the analysis tools, and collaborative modeling environment that support the creation of optimized SAP Business Blueprints.

So why is SAP important?

More than 230,000 organizations around the world rely on SAP enterprise application solutions to run their core business operations.

However, while SAP offers a host of benefits, implementing, updating, or customising your SAP solution can present significant challenges.

… and what are SAP Business Blueprints?

The iServer SAP Accelerator focuses on the Business Blueprint phase of SAP implementation and upgrade. It is designed to help you to capture the enterprise’s requirements, and document the target business processes and organizational structures that will be implemented by the SAP Accelerator.

This will improve the chances of project success, since a low-quality business blueprint would compromize the delivery or upgrade of the SAP Accelerator, reduce operational productivity, and increase your project costs.

Challenges

iServer for SAP Blueprint has been developed to enable collaboration across the enterprise, but particularly for the four key stakeholder groups typically involved with SAP implementation and upgrade.

First, the process owners and subject matter experts; the people who really understand how the business processes work today and how they ought to work in the future.

Next, the SAP process analysts and process consultants, who document the baseline and target business processes that will be managed by the SAP system; content that will form the backbone of the SAP business blueprint.

Our third group are the SAP solution architects, who will use the blueprint to design an SAP solution that will meet the business requirements.

And finally, the SAP Project leads, who will ensure that the SAP solution is properly implemented, so that it delivers benefits back to the business.

So, what are the typical challenges faced during an SAP implementation?

No central store for SAP Business requirement

SAP process and procedural data is often contained in different documents and formats, scattered throughout the business. Without a central repository in which to store this information, it’s difficult for the groups to collaborate and analyse process information.

No common language for SAP Process Models

Organisations often model processes using many different standards, but this inconsistency makes the process models hard to understand, and the business requirements difficult to determine.

No verification of Business Requirements by the experts

Perhaps the most serious problems occur when there is no mechanism for the process owners and SMEs to check and approve the final business requirements.

Together, these challenges slow progress, introduce error, and increase the risk that the business blueprint documents will be of poor quality. As a result:

  • Operational productivity will be reduced
  • The implemented SAP solution will be misaligned to the business
  • Core business processes will not be supported
  • SAP projects will overrun and exceed their budgets.

So, how can the SAP Solution help?

A central repository for all SAP Blueprint content

By importing this huge quantity of process models and SAP documents to the iServer central repository, the four groups can bring together, analyze, and optimize the blueprint content.

BPMN 2.0 Modeling notation and rules

By adopting the business process modeling template provided within iServer, analysts can create consistent processes models, which be easily understood by all stakeholders, including the SMEs and solution architects who need to review and act upon them.

SAP-Centric process structure and templates

The iServer repository comes preconfigured with a SAP process hierarchy, which can be used when creating the blueprint. So, if they wish, the Solution Architects can go a step further and map specific SAP process steps against the corresponding SAP Transactions, bringing another level of SAP context to the blueprints.

SAP Process Portal for Business sign off

Finally, iServer's SAP Portal gives process owners, and subject matter experts and other business users live access to the processes and requirements in the central repository, enabling them to verify that the iServer for SAP Blueprint aligns closely to the business requirements and activities.

So in summary, iServer's su;pport for Business Blueprinting enables business teams who are implementing or upgrading SAP to:

  • Consolidate and centralize SAP process content
  • Consistently model processes in the context of SAP
  • Produce clear and accurate business blueprints
  • Better align SAP solutions to business requirements  
  • Reduce SAP project duration, costs and risks

If you’d like to know more about how Orbus can help you with your SAP implementation, the best way is to book a free online demonstration with one of our consultants. 

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