What You Should Do

By Larry Dignan  |  Posted 2003-08-08 Print this article Print

The consumer-products giant is in the middle of an SAP implementation it hopes will help save $250 million annually.

What You Should Do to Make An SAP Installation Succeed

Be Realistic
Make sure the software you are licensing doesn't exceed the needs of the company.

Don't Think Different
Avoid customizing SAP interfaces, and use modules that deliver quick returns.

Watch Consulting Fees
Not only can consulting fees double or triple the cost—such deployments often fail.

On average, companies train their SAP users an average of 49 hours.

Business Editor
Larry formerly served as the East Coast news editor and Finance Editor at CNET News.com. Prior to that, he was editor of Ziff Davis Inter@ctive Investor, which was, according to Barron's, a Top-10 financial site in the late 1990s. Larry has covered the technology and financial services industry since 1995, publishing articles in WallStreetWeek.com, Inter@ctive Week, The New York Times, and Financial Planning magazine. He's a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.

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