I would like to discuss one common jinx of any new SAP BIproject ‘People are not ready to come out of their comfort zone’. I have seen many large organizations have not been exploiting the entire capabilities of SAP BI only because of some unacceptable friction which they would have been able to solve in an open discussion.
All SAP projects being in a large integration set up, strong technical knowledge of the tool is an indispensable factor for the growth and development of any healthy opinion. This is highly essential for the smooth functioning of any SAP BI project on a long run.
As all of us know the core part of any softwareproject is its design phase and that determines the outcome of the project. But unfortunately some of the people are not ready to allot enough time for design or they are not utilizing the design time to the fullest. Basically the right mix of functional and technical people is very much essential for the successful completion of design phase. Technical people should drive the design phase and functional people should be there always to clarify the doubts related to business.
Most importantly each and every technical team members should be ready to come out of their comfort zone to design the best system for the long run. In some organizations SAP BI is using flat file extraction from SAPR/3, this is the best example of people not ready to come out of their comfort zone. The beauty of SAP system lies on its integration capabilities with each other. But unfortunately some of the organizations are not exploiting this strong feature of SAP and they are sticking to the flat file extraction and investing huge amount for the support activities. More surprisingly some are using SAP BI as just a database interface tool.
I think SAP can play a major role in educating each and every one of their valuable customers to make them aware about the strong features of SAP BI.