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SAP and other ERP implementations tend to be big, complex undertakings with multiple stakeholders. They can also be slow, troublesome and sensitive. But when implemented well they can be truly transformational – enabling you to streamline your business, reduce costs and increase efficiency.
We have firsthand experience of helping clients with many such implementations at every stage of the lifecycle. We understand what it takes to manage the scale and complexities and deliver a successful outcome.
We know how to help you deal successfully with the challenges and the scale of SAP and other ERP implementations – across different functional areas and different geographies, involving different systems and ways of working and many different stakeholders who all need to be engaged and encouraged to support the changes.
We can help you tackle the pitfalls that, despite best intentions, many organisations fall into. For example avoiding over-customising your solution, making sure you address data quality issues early enough and building a high-performing team from a diverse set of skilled individuals and different suppliers. Most importantly, we help keep you focused on the overall business outcomes you are trying to achieve – avoiding it all becoming all about the technology solution.
We can also help you tackle the time challenges – moving you through your implementation in the right way and at the right pace so that the solution you plan to implement at the outset stays on track and the business objectives you target are delivered.
We can help at any stage, addressing a specific challenge of the implementation or supporting you across the whole programme. It starts with shaping and scoping to create a solid foundation for your implementation, including a compelling rationale rooted in your broader strategic business objectives. From there, you need to mobilise the programme well, for example by selecting the right suppliers and agreeing appropriate terms. We can take on key leadership roles in the programme, augmenting your own management team with experienced, expert practitioners. Once your solution is up and running, we can provide benefits realisation and post-implementation advice on how best to embed and maintain the new ways of working at the heart of your solution.
We can also get involved in helping you address implementations that have gone off track – providing quick and constructive advice and recommendations, or hands-on leadership to help to bring the project back on course for successful delivery. Or you might have a single issue, such as data migration, where you could do with our expert input to deal with the problem.
Through these complex implementations, we stay by your side and on your side. We’ll help you take the right steps, avoid the common pitfalls such as over-customisation, iron out issues, create an effective model and the necessary engagement to bring everyone together around constructive evidence-based conversations. Above all, we’ll make sure you stay focused on the overall business objective.
We can't tell you about all the work we do, but here's a selection:
"Implemented well, ERP solutions, such as SAP, can transform the performance of your internal business operations. Too often however, they go wrong. We understand the common pitfalls and challenges and can help you make sure yours is a successful business transformation, rather than a troublesome IT project."
Simon Close, Partner
We have experience of SAP and other ERP implementations across many different sectors and at each and every stage – from first plans through to post-implementation assessment and support.
We know how important these implementations are for our clients, and we also understand the dangers of getting them wrong or failing to make the most of the opportunity.
Whether in planning and mobilising, implementing or turning around – we can help in the right way for your particular business and situation.
Above all, we never forget that good SAP/EPR implementations are about business transformation, not just technology implementation. It’s as much about changing the way your people work as giving them new tools to work with. SAP can and should transform your business for the better and we never lose sight of this underlying objective as we work with you to tackle the challenges and make the most of the opportunities.
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The Berkeley Partnership is an independent management consultancy. Since founding in 1990 we've been helping FTSE100 clients and other household names when it matters most.
We help implement transformational SAP and ERP programmes, and can help you set them up for success, develop a clear approach and avoid any potential pitfalls.
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