IT Project Management

IT Project Management
To explain or tackle this topic efficiently, it is expedient to define
words that can be a bit technical. The word SAP is a word coinage that
stands for systems, Applications, and Products in the processing of
data. SAP is, therefore, a business software provider comprised of
different business applications ranging from supply management, customer
relations management, Enterprise Resource Management commonly referred
as ERP and many more other applications (Mereddy, 2012). This paper thus
delves unto NIBCO Inc implementation and sustenance of this software.
Reasons for the implementation of ERP
After a significant strategic planning move that took place in 1994,
NIBCO Inc, concluded on the implementation of an ERP system through a
new SAP program. There are a number of factors that propagated this
implementation, many of which are common to other organizations. One of
the major reasons was the incapability of the company to prosper with
the information systems that were in place. There was poor communication
in the system there lacked digital communication capability in the, and
between the systems. Another reason was the objective of the
organization to grow globally with an integrated information system. The
wastage of time spent by the systems development staff in trying to
correct disconnects was another legitimate reason unto why NIBCO decided
to implement a SAP system. Frequent ad hoc changes were mainly
responsible for the regular disconnects.
The pros and cons of the implementation approach
The management decided to use exclusively fourteen months focus on the
formulation and implementation of the SAP program. In doing this, the
management chose Beutler, Davies, and Wilson to head the process. Each
of the people chosen had a different experience in his line of duty.
This played a significant role in bringing the interplay of different
experiences, knowledge and minds in the development of the program. The
role of choosing co-workers in the project was also the role of the
three. Positive results for the program could yield fame, and thus the
choosing had to be done on the basis of professionalism. The last
advantage towards the implementation of SAP was the selection of BCG as
an implementation partner. BCG played a significant role in that they
recommended that NIBCO should transform into a digital structural system
that would allow cross functionalism.
Of the cons, time investment was the first one. The formulation and
planning stages took so much time while the implementation just took
fifteen months. Given the huge labor force at NIBCO it was wastage of
the resource, time. Wastage of one resource can also lead to other
drawbacks finances inclusive (Mereddy, 2012). Another disadvantageous
aspect was the time allocation for the grace period. Thirty days were
too short time given the financial and time cost on the program.
Analysis and recommendations
The program strategy and implementation strategy can provide a myriad of
lessons to be learned both positive and negative. Given that it was a
first time thing, the job was splendid. On analyzing, the project,
professionals in related fields was a good consideration, but there was
a small number. Also on the group to spearhead, name of individuals
involved need to be the secret of the organization. This is because
their exposure brings more benefit to the individual rather than to the
organization. On recommendation, the time taken in thought and planning
processes can be reduced especially in times when the organization has a
huge labor force. The grace period should allow enough time for the
scrutiny of the program and should relate with the cost of the program.
Mereddy, R. (2012). SAP Basis administration handbook. New York:

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