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Gobal/Local template

Hello All,

I need to understand how to prepare the Global template. Our company has plants/offices/customers in every country of the world. To start off, we will be installing SAP in one or two countries first and then doing roll out in other countries. My questions are as follows.

a) How to prepare the global template from enterprise structure point of view. what all should I consider in the same. Do I need to prepare enterprise structure for all the countries in the global template and do config in the system for enterprise structure for all countries (like defining plant/countrirs /currencies/ sales area etc for all countries ) even if we will be doing implementation in two countries initially. ? If we need to define the enterprise structure for all the countriies now, what all we have to cover in enterprise strcure when we do roll outs after a yr or so for other countries ?

b) How to prepare the global template from non- enterprise structure point of view i.e should we fix sales order types, rebate agreements types for all the countries now in the global template. If yes, what all we have to cover in roll outs for other countries which we will do after few months/yrs away ? Plus if I define ZOR sales doc type in global template, do roll outs in other countries has to use ZOR order type only ?

c) Do I need to develop separate BPP documents when the roll outs happen for other countries or should we update the BPP documents for every country in the same global template ?

d). Even if we have SAP installed for a particular country and we do configuration for some additional functaionality or let's say if certain plants for that country are now brought in SAP. Does this also constitutes a roll out ??

regds

Edited by: Pamela79 on Nov 23, 2010 3:32 PM

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    Nov 24, 2010 at 01:27 AM

    Dear Pamela,

    Your questions are not easy ones. They actually are complex issues. Depending on what countries and what is your business, your Global Template will need to be more flexible in certain modules/countries. I have already been in 5 full template rollouts and none of them were similar to each other. I have seen Global templates that had been developed involving all countries/plants in a joint collaboration. Also, some had just got for what Headquart was using and turned to the u201CGlobal Templateu201D. Usually, the most common/standardized subject is the Financials (CoA, Reports, COPA etc).

    a) How to prepare the global template from enterprise structure point of view. what all should I consider in the same. Do I need to prepare enterprise structure for all the countries in the global template and do config in the system for enterprise structure for all countries (like defining plant/countrirs /currencies/ sales area etc for all countries ) even if we will be doing implementation in two countries initially. ? If we need to define the enterprise structure for all the countriies now, what all we have to cover in enterprise strcure when we do roll outs after a yr or so for other countries ?

    >> Usually companies do not create the whole enterprise structure for all countries/plants. However, they set the standards/rules that must be later followed to comply with the template (i.e. Company/plant/sales org codes will start with 2 country letters).

    b) How to prepare the global template from non- enterprise structure point of view i.e should we fix sales order types, rebate agreements types for all the countries now in the global template. If yes, what all we have to cover in roll outs for other countries which we will do after few months/yrs away ? Plus if I define ZOR sales doc type in global template, do roll outs in other countries has to use ZOR order type only ?

    >> You will notice that the business practices changes a lot from country to country. Some of them (as for example my dear country Brazil) requires very specific sales orders because it will be tied to Brazilian required documents (Notas Fiscais). Pricing procedure, conditions are completely different (discounts, pricing, surchages etc). You will also notice that the logistic process changes a lot too - printouts, logistic partners, interfaces etc u2013 all different. Well, some countries may share/use the same document types (US, CA, MX etc) depending on business processes.

    c) Do I need to develop separate BPP documents when the roll outs happen for other countries or should we update the BPP documents for every country in the same global template ?

    >> I would say your BPPs and other training material would be very useful for all rollout, but they probably will be updated for each of your rollouts. Depending on country and/or plant business processes your BPPs will require less/more steps.

    d). Even if we have SAP installed for a particular country and we do configuration for some additional functaionality or let's say if certain plants for that country are now brought in SAP. Does this also constitutes a roll out ??

    >> It will depend on your project approach u2013 but I would say yes.

    Other good tip for Global templates is to set standard/rules for development. Some of the developments will be Global, some local. So, remember to cover all aspects in order to have good documentation/reference.

    Last but not least, master data is the key for global template and its subsequent rollouts. Material harmonization, material hierarchy/grouping, customer account groups, and lots of other master data issues must be well planned and set as soon as possible. Remember to at least involve and validate what is being planned for the Global template to mitigate its impact in futures rollouts.

    Good luck,

    Andre L L Dantas

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      Many thanks for the reply. Could you advice on the following too in short.

      a) 1 what shud be covered in global template besides plant/company code naming convention. I mean what business processes can we cover ?. For example if we need to cover third party sales, do we need to definer item category etc and then this item cateogry will be followed by every other country ?

      2) For master data, can we need to define customer account groups in global template. Can we say that all customers will have z001 account group and then this account group need tp be used by every other country ?

      b) we have head office in France. Can we do roll out for the Romania market right sitting with the team in France ?

      regds

      Pamela

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    Nov 24, 2010 at 01:51 AM

    hi pamela

    this is to inform you that

    all these questions are related to ROLL OUT project:

    I need to understand how to prepare the Global template. Our company has plants/offices/customers in every country of the world. To start off, we will be installing SAP in one or two countries first and then doing roll out in other countries. My questions are as follows.

    franly speaing this depends upon country specific assignments.

    a) How to prepare the global template from enterprise structure point of view. what all should I consider in the same. Do I need to prepare enterprise structure for all the countries in the global template and do config in the system for enterprise structure for all countries (like defining plant/countrirs /currencies/ sales area etc for all countries ) even if we will be doing implementation in two countries initially. ? If we need to define the enterprise structure for all the countriies now, what all we have to cover in enterprise strcure when we do roll outs after a yr or so for other countries ?

    a.a). this is tough job & yes you need to prepare enterprise structure from country specific point of view even for implementing for two countries initially. you need to tae all the organisation units into consideration specific to one module in SAP and specific to one country.

    b) How to prepare the global template from non- enterprise structure point of view i.e should we fix sales order types, rebate agreements types for all the countries now in the global template. If yes, what all we have to cover in roll outs for other countries which we will do after few months/yrs away ? Plus if I define ZOR sales doc type in global template, do roll outs in other countries has to use ZOR order type only ?

    b.a). if your busines process or functionality matches with the country specific process in non - enter prise point of view then you can use same functionality if it doesn't match then you have to create new sales orders or pricingprocedures for satisfying that particular country's requriments.

    c) Do I need to develop separate BPP documents when the roll outs happen for other countries or should we update the BPP documents for every country in the same global template ?

    c.a). not necessarily if your requriment is satisfied at all countries level in the process of business which is already in SAP. then you dont need to do any BPP for that particular country.

    d). Even if we have SAP installed for a particular country and we do configuration for some additional functaionality or let's say if certain plants for that country are now brought in SAP. Does this also constitutes a roll out ??

    d.a). if you dont have particular functionality for particular country then if it is mandatory for that particular country then we have to implement the same and this constitutes country specific roll outs.

    one request:

    please as one question per thread - please understand.

    regards

    balajia.

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