Amick Brown prepared a comprehensive strategy roadmap for 3 years with due attention to people, processes, data and technology. Following the road map, a requirement gathering exercise and preparation of a business blueprint was completed.
Business Process Changes
Business process changes were recommended in the financial accounting, sales and distribution, project systems and revenue recognition processes. This would help reduce the system customizations. Subsidiaries were brought in to the same transaction system.
Central data repository comprising of SAP business warehouse with layered scalable architecture was implemented making full use of native SAP extractors. Completely automated processes were implemented to keep the transaction systems and the data repository in sync. Reporting infrastructure was built using native SAP reporting tools. Business Objects Suite was implemented for reporting and analytics using the central data repository
Follow Best Practices
A Netweaver based BPC solution fully integrated with the SAP transaction system and the Business Warehouse was implemented and the existing unintegrated SAP BPC system that had not followed best practices was decommissioned. Planning, Budgeting, Forecasting and Consolidation processes were implemented in SAP BPC and guidance was provided for completing the financial closing process in production. An Excel based front end provided accounting superusers with the tools required for slicing and dicing data.
Unified user interface
SAP Netweaver Portal was implemented as the unified platform for user access for all the transactional, planning & consolidation, reporting and analytics systems. Roles based on business functions were created to provide easy access to users to get where they wanted.
A complete functional role matrix was created to identify business roles and data security requirements. A central authentication system was created to allow users to logon to the unified platform. Authorizations built in the various systems in the landscape were mapped to the user interface and seamless single sign-on was implemented across the enterprise.