Amy Stapleton

Amy Stapleton

Amy Stapleton has several decades of experience managing software development projects. She began her career at SAP in Walldorf, Germany. After returning to the US, Amy gained hands-on project management experience in ERP implementations at major corporations across many industries. Amy joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 2001 where she served as an IT Manager. She assisted in the Space Agency’s implementation of an enterprise core financial system using SAP. Amy retired from NASA in 2015 and is now founder of Hutch.AI and an analyst at Opus Research, working in the area of artificial intelligence.

ARTICLES

Avoiding the 10 Worst Practices of SAP Development Projects

It is a common misconception that unsuccessful SAP projects, regardless of purpose or scale, fail due to a lack of time, money, and/or people. Research shows that this is rarely the case. Projects typically fail for other reasons, like faulty business practices. While there are obviously an infinite number of things that can go wrong, this article zeroes in on the 10 worst — the ones that are the most common, potentially detrimental, and above all avoidable. And although some of these observations may seem obvious at first glance, as an intertwined whole, they will provide a strong safety net for your next project.
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BOOKS

Project Management: Pitfalls to Avoid, Best Practices to Follow

Project Management: Pitfalls to Avoid, Best Practices to Follow (Print)

$89.95

Implementing functionality in an SAP system always involves more than just the technology. As the 12 authors in this anthology show, the accompanying changes in business processes need just as much attention.

This collection of SAP Professional Journal articles shares their advice based on their many years of experience.

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Project Management: Pitfalls to Avoid, Best Practices to Follow

Project Management: Pitfalls to Avoid, Best Practices to Follow (Electronic + Print Bundle)

$99.95

Implementing functionality in an SAP system always involves more than just the technology. As the 12 authors in this anthology show, the accompanying changes in business processes need just as much attention.

This collection of SAP Professional Journal articles shares their advice based on their many years of experience.

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Project Management: Pitfalls to Avoid, Best Practices to Follow

Project Management: Pitfalls to Avoid, Best Practices to Follow (Electronic Editions)

$79.95

Implementing functionality in an SAP system always involves more than just the technology. As the 12 authors in this anthology show, the accompanying changes in business processes need just as much attention.

This collection of SAP Professional Journal articles shares their advice based on their many years of experience.

View

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  • Chapter 8: Software Updates

    This chapter covers the importance of software updates. It may seem like a boring topic, but keeping software up to date is essential to good security. We also talk about how a provider can implement updates without interrupting your service. You'll understand how those updates have prevented issues in the past and where to look for new SAP notes, which detail fixes. You should be able to ask intelligent questions about their update policy to make sure it's as aggressive as you need it to be. 

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  • Chapter 7: User Access Controls

    In this chapter, we talk about how SAP manages users and roles and how that prevents even the best intentioned users from making a mess of things. We discuss how to separate your user roles to prevent mishandled data and how to ensure individual user security. This chapter is the heaviest in SAP details, so you should come away from it knowing how to create your users and roles and how to make sure those credentials stay secure. 

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  • Chapter 6: Encryption

    This chapter details how encryption protects your data, both while sitting idle on a drive and travelling over networks. We'll cover the technologies around encryption and how you can enable them in you SAP system. You come away with an understanding of the importance of encryption and proper key management, as well as the ways that encryption can go wrong.

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