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Overview

Everything a company needs to know to plan, organize, and perform an SAP implementation in one book!

This is the only book available that shows the reader how to actually plan an SAP Data Center, install mySAP components, and set up the tools and processes necessary to monitor and manage a productive SAP system. It covers how to perform a Total Cost of Ownership analysis to help refine your SAP Solution Vision, and then how to leverage SAP¿s technology partners to work through the SAP system landscape sizing process. Staffing the project, from the SAP Steering Committee all the way down to the primary SAP basis and computer operations teams, is covered as well. It also covers building high availability and disaster recoverability into your solutions, addressing critical training required by the SAP support team as well as end users, and how to use SAP-provided and a host of other 3rd party tools to manage your mySAP landscape. Finally, this is the only book that covers in detail how to address both functional and stress testing of your solution prior to going live.

Throughout the book, knowledge and processes are provided that will help you hit the ground running and help you save money. The book is written by an SAP Technical Certified Consultant with seven years of experience in SAP design and implementation who offers tried and proven approaches, scripts, and tools similar to those used by new and existing SAP customer sites. The accompanying CD of documents, presentations, scripts, checklists, and various tools valued at $50,000 saves time and makes the reader productive fast.

Coverage includes notated screen shots of real productive systems; custom checklists, how-to procedures, organization charts that can be leveraged immediately for staffing teams; PowerPoint presentations that can be used by management to sell, present, and provide status updates on their mySAP projects internally; tools, utilities, and XLS spreadsheets used to design, size, and understand SAP system architectures; actual Microsoft Project plans and implementation schedules to get the customer and 3rd party Project Manager's started quickly; and documentation templates and approaches that may be used at once.

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Pity the folks who had to implement SAP from scratch in earlier years. They had to figure it all out by themselves. Now a single book covers all you need to rapidly construct project plans and schedules, size your implementation, design for high availability, organize your team, plan for support -- even build executive “buy in.”

Longtime SAP implementer George W. Anderson covers SAP and mySAP, not only from the technical point of view but also from the business point of view, where the implementation risks are high and careers are at stake. You’ll start from the very beginning: defining business, uptime, and performance requirements; planning for manageability; even deciding whether to outsource your entire SAP implementation to an ASP. Next, he offers superb start-to-finish guidance on staffing all levels of your SAP technical organization. His approach will get you qualified people faster, reflect both technical and “soft” skills, reduce turnover -- and dramatically reduce risk.

Anderson thoroughly covers sizing and architecture, identifying drivers that impact long-term TCO, explaining why it’s critical to reflect business continuity issues early on, and showing how to do so. You’ll walk through choosing partners, building your SAP data center, and actually installing SAP components and Solution Stack layers. There’s detailed coverage of best practices for day-to-day operations, change control, and managing functional development.

This book’s CD-ROM contains complete high-level and detailed project planning templates; job descriptions, test plans, TCO analysis worksheets, sizing and architecture questionnaires, data center planning checklists, change management forms, and loads more. We’ve never seen this much SAP expertise between two covers. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789728753
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 4/9/2003
  • Edition description: Book and CD-ROM
  • Pages: 695
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

George Anderson is an SAP Technical Certified Consultant with seven years of SAP design, implementation, training, and project management experience. He has designed hundreds of mySAP system landscapes, helped to implement more than fifty of these, and has assisted in numerous pre-go-live activities like installation and tuning, stress-testing, enterprise systems management integration, and external systems integration. For two years he worked for Compaq's SAP Competency Center, which supports new and existing SAP-on-Compaq customers. George is certified in much of the SAP technology stack, from server and SAN/disk subsystem hardware (HP Professional/Compaq ASE), to deep OS (MCSE), to SQL Server (SAP), to SAP Basis (SAP TCC and HP Master ASE). He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute.

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Table of Contents

I. PREPARING FOR YOUR MYSAP BUSINESS SUITE IMPLEMENTATION.

1. Introduction to SAP Implementation Planning.

Welcome to SAP Planning! My Audience and Approach. Addressing the Real Challenges of SAP Implementations. What Exactly Is SAP? SAP Infrastructure Planning—What Its All About. Special Materials Provided by the Book. Summary.

2. What an SAP Project Looks Like.

In the Beginning. Tactical Reasons for Implementing SAP. Strategic “Big Picture” Goals of Implementing mySAP.com. Beware—When SAP Projects Are Less Than Successful. Setting the Stage for a Successful Implementation. The Structure and Role of the Steering Committee. Moving Beyond the “Napkin” Plan. Tools and Techniques. Summary.

3. Crafting Your mySAP Solution Vision.

What Is a Solution Vision? SAP System Landscape Design and Planning Approaches. Capturing Your mySAP Solution Vision. Outsourcing—Another Method of Achieving Your Solution Vision. Tools and Techniques. Summary.

4. Designing and Initially Staffing the SAP Technical Support Organization (TSO).

Overview—What Is an SAP Infrastructure TSO? TSO Overview—Roles and Responsibilities. Organizational Chart Approaches in the Real World. Recruiting the Core TSO Leads. Consultants Versus Training Your Own Internal Resources. Revising the SAP Infrastructure Implementation Budget. Tools and Techniques. Summary.

II. GETTING STARTED—SIZING AND BLUEPRINTING.

5. Total Cost of Ownership Analysis in Preparation for Sizing.

Purpose of This Chapter. What Is Total Cost of Ownership? How the SAP Solution Vision Drives TCO. TCO and the SAP Solution Stack. Lowering TCO Through People and Processes. Updating the RFI, RFP, or Internal Knowledge Repository. Tools and Techniques. Summary.

6. Identifying High Availability and Disaster Recovery Requirements.

Introduction to Availability. Addressing Availability Early in the SAP Project. Determining Your Required Level of Disaster Tolerance. Remedying Single Points of Failure in the Stack. SAP Data Center Infrastructure SPOFs. SAP Server SPOFs. Disk Subsystem Single Points of Failure. Single Points of Failure Inherent in the OS. SPOFs and the Database Layer. mySAP.com Single Points of Failure. SAP General Availability and DR Best Practices. A Final Look at the SAP System Landscape. Tools and Techniques. Summary.

7. Sizing: Engaging the SAP Solution Stack Vendors.

Overview—The Sizing and Blueprinting Process. General Sizing Best Practices and Approaches. Preparing for the SAP Sizing Process. SAP Hardware, OS, and Database Sizing. Sizing Considerations for mySAP Components. Selecting Your SAP Solution Stack Partners. Executing the SAP Infrastructure Planning Sessions. Tools and Techniques. Summary.

8. Staffing the Technical Support Organization.

Best Practices Approach to Staffing the SAP TSO. Staffing the SAP TSO: Rapid Deployment. Bringing in the Best of the Best. How to Retain Your SAP Staff! Tools and Techniques. Summary.

9. Critical SAP Training Requirements.

Introduction to SAP Training. Training and the Role of the SAP System Landscape. Approaches to SAP Training. Feedback Loops—Improving the Value of Training. Tools and Techniques. Summary.

10. Developing the SAP Data Center.

Introducing the SAP Data Center. The SAP Data Center “Big Picture”. Data Center Physical Requirements. Rack Planning for Data Center Resources. Network Infrastructure for SAP. Network Server Preparation. General Storage Considerations. On the Road to Implementation. Tools and Techniques. Summary.

11. Performing mySAP.com Component Installations.

Implementation Methodologies for SAP Installations. Rounding Out Your SAP System Landscape. Leveraging Installation Documentation, Tools, and Approaches. Installing Your mySAP-Enabling Foundation—NetWeaver. Installation Details for mySAP Components. Addressing General mySAP Post-Installation Tasks. Tools and Techniques. Summary.

12. Rounding Out Support for SAP.

Identifying and Staffing the Remaining TSO Roles. Approaches to “Filling in the Final Holes”. Lets Give a Big Warm Welcome to the “Specialists”! The Most Overlooked Critical SAP Support Function. The Role of the SAP Help Desk. Putting It All Together in the Real World. Tools and Techniques. Summary.

III. MOVING INTO SAP FUNCTIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

13. Gaining Control of Change Control.

An Overview of Change Management. Change Management Best Practices and Approaches. Change Control Affects Everything. Change Control and the SAP Solution Stack. How to Organize and Plan for Change in the Real World. Change Management Lessons Learned in the Real World. Tools and Techniques. Summary.

14. SAP Systems and Operations Management.

Back to SAP Operations. What Is the SAP Operations Manual? Systems Management Techniques for SAP. Piloting a Systems Management Application for SAP. Evaluating Enterprise Systems Management Applications. Additional SAP Management Tools and Approaches. Tools and Techniques. Summary.

15. Functional, Integration, and Regression Testing.

Testing SAP Business Processes. Three Types of Business Process Testing. How to Approach Business Process Testing. Executing Business-ProcessSpecific Testing. Tools and Techniques. Summary.

IV. PREPARING THE PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT.

16. Systems and Stress Testing.

Introduction—Preparing for Production Stress Testing. System-Level Stress Testing and Pre-Tuning. Key SAP Stress-Testing Considerations. How to Test mySAP Components. Script Development and Preparation in the Real World. Stress Test Execution During “Test Week”. Additional Stress-Testing Goals. Extracting the Last Drop of Value out of Testing. Lessons Learned in the Real World. Tools and Techniques. Summary.

17. Preparing for SAP Go-Live.

Overview—Preparing for Cutover. Preparing for Technical Go-Live. Final Administrative Technical Details. The Changing Role of the SAP TSO. Preparing SAP Operations and the Help Desk. Addressing Future Service and Support. The First Week of Go-Live. Tools and Techniques. Summary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2005

    Nice job and easy to read also

    Anderson did a nice job collecting all of this information in one place. I work as a DBA on R/3 and other systems, but appreciate the stright forward point of view on architecture, staffing organizations, data center setup, and my favorite after going live. Target audience is everyone whos doing SAP today, thinking about a new system, or interested in learning. This is practical advice and trench earned material and is a 'must have' I believe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2004

    Outstanding use of your time

    You'll want to make this part of your library. If your like me, you've got more than a few books on administering and managing sap after its up and running, and probably quite a few books on managing sap projects. But this one fills the gap as it walks you through the real world tasks of an implementation. The author's real world experience shines. I question if its really got $50K worth of content on the CD :), but don't for a second queston the been there-done that material found through the book. As one thats alos been there-done that, it oozes credibility. So I recommend this highly to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2003

    SAP Planning: Best Practices in Implementation

    This is a remarkably detailed yet surprisingly easy-to-follow roadmap for a successful SAP implementation. It is sure to save valuable time and precious resources for the SAP Project Team in planning and managing through an implementation. I was especially delighted with the excellent chapters on pre-deployment testing, which often does not get the level of attention it deserves in an implementation project. The book provides a proven recipe for completing an SAP implementation on-time and on-budget, and I highly recommend it as a 'must read' for both the SAP novice and the seasoned veteran

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2003

    SAP Planning: Best Practices in Implementation

    It is very refreshing to see such a comprehensive book written from a technical perspective. It is a source of information that one normally gains only through years of experience. The information in this book mirrors much of the experience that I have gained during the past 7 years of working on SAP systems. I only wish I had it back then!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2003

    SAP Planning: Best Practices in Implementation

    Mr. Anderson reveals here his significant experience in implementing SAP for many enterprise clients. This experience offers him the insight necessary to plainly explain the steps required for a successful deployment. And this book provides those steps in a concise and easy to understand manner. I suggest that his experience can be put to use by you in order to make your own SAP deployment or upgrade more successful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2006

    Great info bytes

    An awesome book. I started supporting our SAP systems 3 years ago, and would have saved a whole lot of time had I had this book in the beginning. It's full of useful material, and has great info bytes. I won't be surprised a bit if I actually read the whole thing. Two things though - 1) a chapter or two covering technical migrations in detail would have been useful 2) more details or samples of a Solaris or other unix nature would have been nice. The author is obviously a big fan of Microsoft from what I can tell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2006

    Don't get this book

    This book does not address implementation tasks from a detailed, end user, or business process perspective. it's mostly fluff. The information concentrates on staffing an appropriate SAP technical team and change control management. I was expecting to see a 'soup to nuts' of how an SAP implementation would be performed (i.e. relationship and understanding of the modules (FICO, PTP, OTC)) and how to translate business processes into these modules. It would be great to actually see business requirements and associated transaction codes and examples of performance and control measures and tollgates. If you are a functional business process owner, you gain no knowledge on how SAP will be able to do the current process. I found it to be very disappointing and the information provided lacking/of little use. The included CD isn't worth $50k..I would say $5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    I liked reading this

    This was one of those books that was practically fun to read. Its a rare find for sap.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    very good book, well organized

    I met George at ASUG in Atlanta this year and picked up this book, a wonderul collection of knowledge n experience. A keeper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2003

    practical and real

    I recommend this book for anyone that manages SAP implementations or upgrades, and the technical team - the whole technical team. If you touch SAP and you want to avoid recreating the wheel, this is the book you want.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    I'm impressed

    The title confused me at first, but I was very happy to find out this was a new technical book and not some already-old manager's special on how to implement R/3. George W. shares a lot in this book and covers more than I've seen in similar books, to the point of being both very current and very comprehensive. It's money well spent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2003

    SAP Planning: Best Practices in Implementation

    Mr. Anderson brings practical knowledge and years of experience together in his no-nonsense approach to how to implement SAP systems and software. A must read for all in the Basis and SAP Technical communities.

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