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.

View
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.

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Popular Chapters

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  • Chapter 4: The Launch Phase

    This chapter examines the first of four phases every cloud implementation should have, beginning with the Launch phase and opening with an explanation of on-boarding methodology. While not a rehash of project management methodology, it provides best practice recommendations for selecting a project team, finding a partner, establishing project governance, creating project plans, reviewing and defining scope and transition, defining priorities, and refining roles and responsibilities.

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  • Chapter 3: SAP on the Cloud: In Depth

    This chapter examines SAP’s new cloud platform based on SAP HANA and how it is different not only from other similar applications but even from other SAP implementations. It also makes the case for on-premise implementations versus cloud managed services. It asks the question: If my SAP implementation is mission critical, should it be on the cloud? It also presents an overview of the methodology of moving SAP to the cloud, including a detailed discussion of SAP’s newest cloud platform based on SAP S/4HANA.

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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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