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Analyzing convergence alternatives across existing SAP solutions

Thomas Gulledge (Professor of Public Policy and Engineering at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA)
Rainer Sommer (Associate Professor of Enterprise Engineering, at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA)
Georg Simon (Director of IDS Scheer, Inc., Berwyn, Pennsylvania, USA)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 1 December 2004



Further data are presented on the efficacy of our SAP process‐oriented research methodology, which focuses on analyzing collaboration across multiple overlapping SAP solutions. Looks at three SAP projects currently being implemented in the US Navy. The projects focus on aviation weapon system program management, aviation supply and maintenance, and naval maritime maintenance. Collaboration was complex and difficult to achieve, given the scope of the project but desirable if it was cost‐effective. The research hypothesis was that development and execution of a methodology for analyzing the gaps and overlaps across multiple SAP software instances to assess collaboration or convergence potential were possible. It was concluded that collaboration was not cost‐effective, and that the three projects should be merged into two SAP solutions (both solutions were version 4.6c of the R/3 software). Results did not provide a general approach for merging SAP projects, but an analytical approach that could be used to analyze convergence possibilities for stand‐alone SAP solutions is provided. It is not believed that a general approach is achievable. There are millions of configuration possibilities and many unique project characteristics. Hence the analytical approach is somewhat general but general convergence principles are beyond the scope of this research.



Gulledge, T., Sommer, R. and Simon, G. (2004), "Analyzing convergence alternatives across existing SAP solutions", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 104 No. 9, pp. 722-734.



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