Complex markets require a new approach to sustainable enterprise application (EA) solutions. These solutions need to become more flexible to provide agile support for a company’s successful operation, particularly in uncertain times.
To use large enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications sustainably, you need a closer alignment with your defined business strategies, an agile ERP landscape design including manageable and easy implementation, and the right organisation and transparency around your ERP operations.
We focus on the two leading standard software providers for our enterprise applications: SAP and ORACLE.
In our Advisory-for-ERP approach we aim to transform your EA landscape and its IT organisation and processes into a business-oriented market differentiator, specifically designed to continuously strengthen your success.
We offer a unique and outstanding set of services to support our clients in the design, implementation or operation of a business-driven EA landscape based on SAP or ORACLE.
All of our solutions are developed with the individual requirements of our clients in mind, and we offer Europe-based project management with global delivery capabilities.
Business and IT alignment should be the major driver for your IT-strategy and you major IT-initiatives. But there is still the “T” in “IT”: Information Technology requires special attention. Maintaining an application’s lifecycle includes regular upgrades of enhancements from the package provider, as well extensively considered decisions, for the upgrade at the end of an application’s life. All applications in your portfolio must stay manageable, secure, compliant and performing.
Advisory for SAP extends the BearingPoint’s SAP Implementation Services by a strategic and innovation-focussed offering. Target is, jointly with the client, to achieve an optimal alignment between the client’s business strategy and requirements and the SAP strategy and application support. The result is a roadmap (“Solution Route”) showing how to efficiently get there and, if required, supporting the client in implementing the designed strategy. The Advisory Navigator© as our proven Advisory methodology effectively supports this process in combination with our extensive SAP experience and close partnership with SAP.
Companies that are running large ERP installations with single or multi-system architectures need an ERP governance model and an organizational structure that matches all requirements, is effective and is accepted by the business units, countries and users.
One of the main reasons for companies to engage in global rollout initiatives is to not only renew local ERP applications to state-of-the-art technology and functionality, but also to reduce or limit implementation and operation costs. Another main reason – without preference between these two – is the business requirement to standardize or harmonize business processes and data.
Organizations continually strive to differentiate themselves in rapidly changing and demanding markets. SAP-based solutions are often the core enabler for efficient execution of related business processes. Agility, flexibility, reuse and reliability of SAP-based solutions as well as compatibility with other systems are essential to successfully adapt to such rapid business change. In most companies the IT-landscape has evolved over time through generations of enhancements, upgrades and integrations. Mergers and acquisitions additionally increase the diversity and complexity of IT and by that also raise costs and problems in adapting to changing business requirements. Hence, the way SAP-based solutions are built and operated needs to be changed from being reactive to business-driven – otherwise IT will severely constrain business performance and limit its ability to introduce new products and services into the market at the required speed of action and consistency with the business strategy.
The time where ERP systems and other enterprise applications are implemented in one site only (e.g. one plant) are long gone. Global implementations became the rule years ago and many companies still start global implementation initiatives and rollout programs for ERP systems. Though, the template / rollout approach is not a new idea, it still offers many benefits, e.g. for process harmonization, reduction of implementation and operation costs or corporate and IT governance.