Give your SAP software integration project the best chance of success with this guide on creating an SAP Blueprint. Learn about the uses and the challenges of the SAP blueprinting process.
What is the most important tool that architectures use to build a house? A blueprint!
Like software integration, tech personnel must, or at least should, use a blueprint to give them the best chance of succeeding in their goals. When you work with a team of tech personnel, it’s especially important for everyone on board to understand what the common goal is and how to reach it.
When it comes to implementing SAP software and solutions, it’s vital that you and your team plan out the details before starting. Set your project and team up for success with an SAP blueprint!
For your information, a business blueprint provides the necessary information and instruction for key stakeholders to understand the direction of project and how that project will be monitored. Following that, the SAP blueprint describes your business processes and the system requirements for a well-defined foundation of the implementation project.
What you need to include in an SAP blueprint:
With this information, you and your team can use the SAP blueprint as a baseline to easily identify inefficiencies, train your employees and end-users, and preserve company knowledge for operational consistency. The bigger the SAP project, the more important an SAP blueprint will be for your company.
Other than providing a project guideline, why should you use an SAP blueprint?
Planning an implementation project can be more important than the implementation itself. A standardized process with a blueprint helps identify mistakes early on to avoid time-consuming and costly fixes in the future.
For example, the Government of the Northern Territory of Australia lost $70 million on their asset management system integration with SAP when it originally costed $7 million. The project managers failed to plan the implementation properly to carry out and, as a result, their work was not ready to go live. Take this case as a lesson to ensure proper blueprinting of your SAP projects!
Directly in your current SAP system, you’re able to create a Business Blueprint for any implementation projects. Even when you’re in the configuration and testing phase of the project, you can still use and view the SAP blueprint.
After creating the Business Blueprint and the project it will base off from, you can print out the documents for reference.
How can you minimize the challenges associated with the blueprinting phase of your SAP project?
When you only have the high-level users of the solution involved in the discussions about the shipping and to-be processes, the solution will not run the processes as well as it should. Why? Because they’re not the personnel who will use the solution in a day-to-day operation! The end-users, or at least the supervisor of the end-users, have better insights on the actual to-be processes and, therefore, provide valuable information required for creating the blueprint.
Your business processes must be clearly communicated to the implementation team regarding its objectives. As a result of vague processes, the implemented solution will not meet the requirements the client is expecting. It’s critical that the business analysts understand what your to-be processes are for the solution to improve the workflows.
Some final tips on ensuring SAP blueprinting success for your technical project from the SAP Business Analysts in our ShipERP team!