SAP: An Executive's Comprehensive Guide / Edition 71

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Enterprise organizations the world over are turning to integrated software solutions to help them realize their strategic redesign and resource planning initiatives. Of the major providers of these enabling technologies, one company, Systems, Applications and Products (SAP), stands out above the rest as offering the most comprehensive and versatile package of client/server business applications. Nine out of ten of America's largest companies now use SAP R/3 software, as do eight of America's ten most profitable companies. Analysts expect SAP to continue to dominate the world market for at least another decade. But exactly what is SAP, and is it right for your company? In what ways can SAP improve performance and increase productivity and profits? How much will an SAP implementation cost your company? What short- and long-term effects can you expect SAP R/3 to have on your organization's financial, manufacturing, distribution, sales, and human resources functions? How does one accurately assess a companys strategic information systems requirements and make a business case for SAPĀ® Are there competing systems that might be a better fit with your organization? SAP: An Executive's Comprehensive Guide answers these and many other questions about SAP software solutions. Written by an interdisciplinary team of business, finance, and information systems professionals, all of whom have had considerable experience with SAP implementations, it covers the full range of management, strategic planning, auditing, systems planning, and implementation issues of vital concern to CEOs, CFOs, and IT executives and professionals considering the move to client/server business systems. With the help of numerous examples and real-life case studies, the authors cut through the media hype to provide an assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of SAP R/3 software and to supply top management with the information they need to make informed decisions about implementing SAP R/3 in their organizations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471249924
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/15/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 71
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

GRANT NORRIS, BS, MBA, is a senior director in Coopers &Lybrand's National SAP practice based in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania. He has worked designing and installing enterprisesystems for a variety of organizations in Canada, Europe, theMiddle East, and the United States. He has been implementing SAPsoftware since 1988, starting with SAP R/2. IAN WRIGHT, BS, is amanager in Coopers & Lybrand's National SAP practice based inPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania. His background is in designing andinstalling financial systems with C&L and other majorconsulting firms. He has worked with SAP software in Europe andNorth America since 1990. JAMES R. HURLEY, BA, MBA, CAGS, CPA, isthe partner responsible for Coopers & Lybrand's National SAPpractice in the United States based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.He has a strong background in applying technology to business withC&L and other Big 6 consultancies. He has been implementing SAPR/3 in North America since its introduction in the U.S. in 1992.JOHN DUNLEAVY, BA, MBA, ABD, CPA, is a senior partner in Coopers& Lybrand's Telecommunications, Media, and Utilities groupbased in Parsippany, New Jersey. He is the coauthor of Reinventingthe CFO: Moving from Financial Management to Strategic Management.He has been involved in implementing SAP R/3 since 1995. ALISONGIBSON, MA, CMA, is a manager in Coopers & Lybrand's IntegratedStrategic Services practice based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.She has experience in designing and installing information systemsand now specializes in IT strategy. She has worked in theinstallation and selection of SAP software in Europe, NorthAmerica, and the Pacific Rim since 1988.

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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:


Who Is SAP, and What Is R/3?

What Is the Business Case for Implementing SAP Software?

Are We Ready to Implement SAP/R3?

What Do I Need to Know About SAP R/3 Functionality?

Competitors to SAP.




Process Redesign.

Risk Management.

Change Management.




Process Redesign.

Risk Management.

Change Management.


Initiation and Planning.

Getting SAP in Place.

Deployment Options.

SAP Tools.

Third-Party Tools.



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