There are many factors that have facilitated the organization of SAP rollout projects and made them more justifiable. They include an increasingly coherent legal system in EU countries and within other international organizations, business globalization and internationalization of business standards such as the IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards), the ease with which we now travel, and increasing command of foreign languages.
However, not everything can be unified, and rollout projects will always require that the differences between the corporate system and the solution to be implemented at a local subsidiary be distinguished. Two major types of differences (or ‘gaps’) have been identified:
- Legal gaps – country-specific legal regulations, particularly in the financial, sales and HR areas (e.g. invoice correction in Poland vs. correction note in Germany);
- Local gaps – each subsidiary may have its own business processes in place which are not included in the template (e.g. a unique production process) or other specific requirements which are not a direct result of legal regulations but are critical to the business (e.g. a special discount system for a key ...