ERP Implementation Leadership
Intense projects giving you sleepless nights? We bring you reinforcements in the form of experienced, independent leadership to help you run the shop. Our deep experts in Program & Project Management, Build, Test, Deployment and Cutover Management ensure your project succeeds. Your agenda is our agenda. We don’t advise from the sidelines, we take responsibility and act fast. We commit on joint objectives and deliver on your investment.
What we do
We deploy experts with decades of experience in leading, managing and delivering global transformation initiatives. Our agile and SAP-certified Consultants bring deep industry, technology and project execution know-how.
Specific domains we offer independent ERP consulting for include:
- SAP Program & Project Management
- SAP S/4 HANA Digital Core (Sales, Logistics, Manufacturing, Procurement, Warehouse Management, Finance, Analytics)
- Data Management & Data Migration
- Test Strategy & Test Management
- Deployment & Cutover Management
- Organizational Change Management, Training & Coaching
- SAP Solution Manager (Focused Build)
- Agile / SAFe / PMM / PRINCE2 Methodology
- SAP Quality Assurance & Health Checks
Our team shifts the focus of ERP projects from technical S/4 HANA implementation to business transformation, emphasizing value realization and building capabilities with our clients. We help them accelerate the transition towards new business models while de-risking the delivery of SAP S/4 HANA-based business transformations.
Managing such a business transformation program is usually a gargantuan task. With our proven set of accelerators customized to GxP-regulated environments, we help you take the right decisions, manage complexity and realize value on your investment.
Case in point
the Greenfield Tanker
A global life sciences enterprise approached us after multiple timeline slippages in their S/4 HANA-based business transformation. Even though trust towards their strategic partner, a global Systems Integrator, has waned, commitment of senior leadership towards driving the initiative forward had remained strong.
Together with the client, we formed a rapid task force to analyse possible rootcauses for the timeline slippages and define an action plan. Among else, this covered the strengthening of governance, decision making processes and integration management, the design of end-to-end business scenarios to break up silos, the orchestration of cross-workstream collaboration and a new training initiative for a new set of tools.
No more timeline slippages ever since.
ERP Program & Project Management
Building on more than 30 years of SAP ERP consulting know-how and experience from numerous implementation projects, we help you introduce SAP S/4HANA in either Greenfield, Brownfield or Bluefield approaches, by employing Agile project management practices.
- We check your company’s SAP S/4HANA readiness levels and bring the necessary project management software tools with us for the switch.
- We show you the best project planning models and measure each option’s advantages and disadvantages.
- We recommend a suitable migration strategy – aiming for a flexible, modern target architecture.
And once we have jointly defined an implementation approach, we run the initiative together with you as independent advisors, supporting you hands-on as we jointly tackle complex decisions.
Build and Test Strategy & Management
As independent advisors, we help you define a Build and Test approach by using best-in-class software testing tools. We help you negotiate contracts, test plans and QA strategies with your off or near-shore Build or Test Factory providers, and then drive their performance. We continuously manage your build priorities, carefully considering technical dependencies and locked objects.
We understand that expectation and reality can diverge when using Focused Build for SAP Solution Manager. This is especially true in the context of scalable Agile Greenfield implementations within highly regulated environments. To anticipate and steer clear of negative outcomes, our team’s rich, empirical knowledge helps you manage complexity and choose what works and what doesn’t for your organisation.
Deployment & Cutover Management
While you are preparing your ERP implementation initiative, we provide you with independent advice on how to stage your global rollout, outlining a scalable solution delivery strategy by striking the right balance between minimizing your business risk and reducing time to value. While “Big-Bang” rollouts have become rare due to high risk and complexity, we often evaluate the following deployment strategies:
- Roll-out by Business Unit
- Roll-out by Geography
- Phased Global Core Functionality Roll-out and incremental functional footprint expansion
The final approach then determines the required resources (people, time, budget) for the deployment organisation. Once this is set up, we help you drive the performance of your ERP initiative by ensuring quicker benefit realization and more accurate risk management.
Master Data Management & Data Migration
An often overlooked aspect of an ERP transformation is data. Apart from designing global data management processes based on industry best practices, we focus on implementing global master data governance that is anchored in a strong organization. This is to ensure the business can capitalize on high data quality, implementing use cases that create intelligence and improve business decision-making.
Fit for purpose master data cleansing and migration approaches, based on best practices, cleansing rules and advanced solutions and MDM tools, allow us to achieve a successful data migration.
Organizational Change Management & Training
People are at the core of any ERP implementation, and critically drive the realization of the initiative’s value case. Ensuring organizational and culture change readiness for the transformation is, therefore, a critical success factor and requires careful preparation. Our OCM team tailors an approach to your initiative based on a proven methodology, including:
- Engaging stakeholders on the basis of a comprehensive stakeholder map
- Preparing and orchestrating program-internal training and bootcamps
- Identifying and analysing change impacts across functional areas
- Educating end-users and leadership of the upcoming changes
- Handling impending operational changes to ensure a smooth cutover from As-Is to To-Be process and solution landscape
Our latest thinking
Founder & Partner
As an unshakable optimist, Ralph believes in a great future and that no problem is without pragmatic solution. After twenty years in Consulting, he founded Avoras, following the calling of bringing a new wind to the industry. In his free time, he’s a passionate cyclist and loves spending time outdoors.