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Chapter 5. Business Process Analysis and SMBs

Chapter 5. Business Process Analysis and SMBs

In the previous section of this book, I compared the SAP Accelerated Implementation Method with a prefabricated house kit. The purpose of this house kit was to speed up the project and make use of knowledge acquired from similar implementations. In order to expand on this example, it could be said that the SAP functionality can represent all of the furniture and appliances we will put into this house in order to move in. Wait a second now. Something is missing here. We have the house and it is fully furnished like the best model home could ever be. What could possibly be missing? If you look at the small and medium business landscapes today, you can see that there are many small businesses with just one employee, whereas there are also businesses with more than 100 employees that also belong to the small business category. In addition, there are major functional differences.

While some businesses are retail-oriented and only serve their neighborhood needs, other small businesses have many locations. For example, automotive suppliers, often establish their production sites close to major automobile manufacturers all over the world. Consequently, the house that we should build for the neighborhood retailer may look different from the house we need to build for a worldwide automotive supplier. We need an architect who will design the house. The architect will design the prefabricated house kit for our type of business. Likewise, the business process analyst will close the gap and design the architectural blueprint for our SAP implementation.


  

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