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Well, the long-awaited London Olympics are almost upon us, with only one day until the opening ceremony. The anticipation here in the UK has been building for some time now and I think the vast majority of Brits are hoping to show case our country to the fullest extent possible. And, whilst we, like most other countries, have suffered from a slowly ‘recovering economy’, a lot of effort and money has gone in to making these a great Olympic games. Let’s hope so and I hope that you’ll all get the chance to watch some of the events – the backdrop to the Beach Volleyball is of particular note, in Horse Guards Parade – if you have an image of London, and have never been, this event and the setting will bring that image to life.

However, I am here not just to talk about the London Olympics, but to provide some insight in to SAP HCM Rapid Deployment Solutions. Before I do a very brief overview of SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions, please permit me to introduce myself and my company Gavdi.

Gavdi is a specialist SAP HCM firm with 200 HR consultants across 7 countries. With over 250 successful implementations of SAP HCM we have real expertise in this area, with an impressive array of skills in both technical and functional disciplines, in addition to HR Management Consultants who advise in the areas of strategy, building robust business cases and technology solutions. We also provide a comprehensive range of Products that enhance SAP HCM capabilities (e.g. products that speed up the transfer of legacy data for HR and Payroll from old systems to SAP).

I am the Country Manager for Gavdi UK & Ireland. I have been in the HR industry for almost 20 years and implementing SAP HCM for 9 years. My area of expertise is Talent Management and I regularly submit articles on talent management to various publications, present at HR conferences and run an SAP e-Recruiting Network Group on LinkedIn. 

I hope the description above provides some background about why this blog, and subsequent blogs, may be valuable to follow. Whilst I will definitely provide you with information and insights in to SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions, I will also attempt to inject some humour along the way – I’ll emphasise the word ‘attempt’ up front to manage your expectations correctly.

So, “What about Rapid Deployment Solutions?”, I hear you cry!


From that I have seen in the last few years, whilst there has been growing interest in cloud-based solutions such as SuccessFactors™ (recently acquired by SAP), many customers I speak to are actually investing in more ‘traditional’ SAP ERP HCM ‘On Premise’ solutions. At the same time, they have also been asking for faster and more cost effective SAP ERP HCM implementations based on ‘Best Practice’. i.e., they want to deploy integrated SAP solutions but want these in weeks, with a clearly defined scope and fixed price. SAP, along with SAP HCM firms like Gavdi, have been listening to these demands and, at last, we have finally come up with a template formula that actually works – SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions for HCM. In essence, you get a faster implementation of SAP ERP HCM, using the pre-defined formula, at a fixed scope and cost – you see what you are buying up front and only pay for what you want. Inevitably, some organizations will require some flexibility in the delivered solution and will use this formula as an ‘accelerator’; others will take the opportunity to get up and running faster with SAP HCM, ensuring a faster return on their investment.


Over the coming weeks and months, I will be highlighting particular areas of SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions and, where relevant, relating them to ‘real life’ project experiences. It will provide facts, features, and advice, providing a realistic view of Gavdi projects and the challenges we often face during implementations. With a promise to deliver individual HCM modules in ’12 weeks’ or less, firms like Gavdi have committed to delivering greater value to SAP HCM customers. With a comprehensive array of predefined documentation (Business Blueprints, Processes, Functional Specifications, etc.), a prescribed scope and a fixed price, we know that the process of implementation and ‘Go Live’ has speeded up, whilst also retaining the important ‘checks and balances’ required to ensure success.

Thanks for reading this, my inaugural blog – I’ll be keeping a close eye in proceedings in London and preparing to go myself on July 30th for the Eventing in Greenwich Park, with my wife and two eldest sons in tow. We have an easy train ride to London, Waterloo, followed by a River Boat Cruise down The Thames to Greenwich Park. I am sure this will be lots of fun and I’ll be sure to tell you about it in a subsequent article.   

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…and, if anyone reading this, fancies a job as a Security Guard for 3 weeks in London this summer, starting Friday, please let me know. I’ll be sure to pass your details on!

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