We are going to implement SAP system in our CO, and we have just created a project group. I am a member of the Logistics team as technical person (for my IT experience.) I have taken all basic training for LE as LO530, Lo531, lo610, lo611 and tmm40 and I had good amount of experience in the business.
We are going to start with the consulting CO soon for the first phase, so what is your general advice for dealing with the team, consulting and others in the project? What area I should I focus on as the technical person in the team? What manuals or books would you recommend? After the implementation, we will be the support for the system, and will later go on to implement the second phase.
To give a detailed answer is impossible in this forum, and without knowing the details of your implementation, however I can offer the following general advice:
i. Do not have as your only source of expertise your consultancy partner. Consider either hiring experienced staff, or taking on an experienced independant contractor for a short term, mainly to act as an alternative viewpoint.
ii. There are a few good books around covering the different modules in an SAP. Being an ABAP specialist I can't recommend any myself - so why not post the question in the SearchSAP forums?
iii. Become an active user of the SearchSAP (and other) forums. Don't be afraid to ask basic questions - as long as you search the forum to make sure it hasn't already been asked!
iv. Make sure that you extract as much information as you can out of your consultancy partner. Don't be fobbed off with excuses of being too busy etc. After all, you're going to have support the system once the consultants have gone! Remember also that not all the consultants are going to have much more experience than you.
v. Make sure that everything is well documented. Enforce this on the consultancy partner. Make sure that adequate time is allowed in the project plan for documentation, and testing.
vi. Ask as many questions as you can - but also, as you become more experienced, be prepared to give answers.
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