In his keynote at SAPPHIRE NOW, Hasso Plattner spoke about change in SAP systems and applications not only being a good thing, but essential. He used the term, ‘Disruptive Innovation’, an expression that often has management and staff alike shuddering at thoughts of what this means to their daily work existence.
As SAP solutions evolve and take advantage of new technologies, customers evolve as well. And, the change can be disruptive in a good way. What everyone wants to avoid is true disruption of ‘business as usual’.
How do organizations avoid the pain of change? They don’t. They plan for it. By planning, they can avoid the worst of disruption and cultivate a formula for transition.
Plan ahead. Change doesn’t have to be an endurance test. Like anything else, it can be handled with a well thought out plan. We’ve found the fastest results occur when companies spend the necessary time planning ahead before they dive in. What does this mean?
There are ways to ease the change process. Plans need to be well thought out including getting input from all constituencies involved and everyone understanding the effects of the new technology. The plan also needs to be tested, often tweaked, and re-tested to get the architecture right. Organizations that recognize and quantify their objectives can maximize the value they derive from innovative technologies. Most importantly, they can reduce risk when new solutions are implemented.
There are SAP Partners with proven strategies for simplifying the transition process that can help you achieve your goals from an optimized SAP environment. The results are innovation without negative disruption, faster payback and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
What kind of strategy would minimize your pain threshold when it comes to change?