LAS VEGAS -- Making the transition from older SAP technology to NetWeaver and Java-based development isn't easy. It requires many resources, a solid prototyping effort and lots of time. Justin Burmeister, the director of SAP NetWeaver administration at Springfield, Mass.-based MassMutual Financial Group, has been through many SAP projects and now counts 14 developers on his SAP team.
Burmeister presented on MassMutual's SAP projects at TechEd, with a special focus on the preparation required before programming even starts. SearchSAP.com caught up with him to discuss some of the finer points of managing SAP projects in a large IT organization, including a reason not to upgrade to NetWeaver.
MassMutual's NetWeaver director outlines SAP prototyping tips
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(1:38) The importance of business process management at MassMutual.
(3:29) Details on MassMutual's SAP installation and presentation at TechEd.
(9:39) What are some of the challenges in running a large SAP team?
(11:35) What requests are MassMutual's business side making for future SAP projects?
(13:40) How does MassMutual prioritize SAP projects?
(14:22) Advice for companies considering an upgrade to NetWeaver, including reasons not to upgrade.
(16:45) Where can SAP improve?
(18:12) The importance of subject matter experts.
(19:40) How does MassMutual determine SAP project ROI?
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