Well there is a question that resonates among our customers or when I am pulled into meetings as to what skillset is required to implement Duet, who should I pull into this project? Resource requirement and so on. In this blog I will concentrate mainly on the skillset required and discuss some success factors.
As the landscape justifies, Duet is primarily a router between the two giants SAP and Microsoft, which encompasses the architecture and principles of eSOA. Hence it leverages the existing skillset in any given customer environment.
Customer Project Manager: who is the owner of the project planning phase, monitors the progress and facilitates the coordination among the project team members. Experience: SAP Project Management Experience.
Project Team Members Comprises of the following leads:
Duet/ Netweaver Expert: Is someone who has Netweaver knowledge or SAP J2ee knowledge. This person is going to be responsible for the implementation and configuration of Duet landscape; we don’t need a separate Netweaver expert for project involving POC.
Experience: As netwevear expert can pick up the knowledge required to install Duet. It would be good if he/she is well-versed with Netweaver Java system expert with knowledge in netweaver security protocols, j2ee installation and SAP backend system patching/transports.
Business Expert: Varies from Application to Application, if you are installing Sales Management then experience with SAP CRM 5.0 is required and so on.
Skills / Experience
SAP ERP 2004 or
SAP ERP 6.0
CATS (TIMA/ LEMA)
Reporting and Analytics
BI 3.5 or 7.0
Reporting and Analytics
SAP SRM 6.0 and SRM MDM Catalog 2.0
Contract Lifecycle Management
SAP CRM 5.0
SAP SCM 5.0
SAP e-Recruiting 6.0
Technical Expert: Ranges from large companies to mid-size companies. The tasks for this role revolve around expertise in Microsoft ADS, Exchange server, SMS software deployment on the client and domain Administration. Basically a system administrator that manages the mailbox accounts.
Best Practice for successful completion of the project:
- Coordination and communication is the key success factor which is utmost required among team members and groups involved for successful completion.
- Check on pre-requisite prior to the implementation is helpful in accessing the project timelines
- Executive sponsor helps in overcoming difficulties related to strategic decision making.
- Involvement of all groups during the planning phase is important.
- Involvement of the business community in testing cycles helps in faster adoption cycle.