Is it time to give your SAP TPM solution an annual health-check?

18 March 2015

Cliff Pennycate

Cliff Pennycate

Consultant

An annual/periodic check-up of your SAP TPM solution might sound like a strange concept, but is it really? Many people get much less expensive assets serviced, such as cars and home heating systems to name but a few.

Yet whilst the cost of your SAP TPM implementation is in a very different ball park to the purchase of your car or home heating system, when was the last time you had it checked over?

So why should you? Well, here are five reasons that might influence whether or not to give your SAP TPM system a health-check.

1) Spot improvement areas

By having a fresh look at your solution now you’re some way down the line with having it up and running, it’s a prime opportunity to re-evaluate whether the business is getting the functionality, usability and performance they want?  For example, has the system slowed down since it was first implemented?  Have the business requirements changed over time and therefore maybe it’s now an ideal time to ensure that the system is fine-tuned to accommodate such changes.  Time changes things and so it makes sense to take another look.

2) Resurrect previously parked items

The original implementation might have had a number of parked items, initially requested but then parked as either “nice to have” or something for “phase 2”.  Life moves on and people often forget to come back to such items.  Maybe by having check-up now, it’s a good opportunity to look back at such items and see what was originally promised to the business, whether it’s still needed and understand what it would take to now add such changes.

3) Use untapped/updated functionality

As well as fine tuning the existing design and resurrecting parked requirements, I have also seen a number of implementations where standard functionality is simply not being used.  This situation can occur for a number of reasons, but it seems a shame if such functionalities were never even explored and assessed as to whether they would benefit the business or not.  SAP TPM is feature rich and with new enhancements having been added over time, you might just find that for a little bit extra, the business could get a whole lot more benefit.

4) Review the roadmap to ensure you’re still on course

The majority of clients I speak to in this space understandably like to know SAP’s roadmap for the TPM offering, in order to understand how aligned they are to it in terms of their own TPM implementation.  Over time, systems can quickly veer away from the standard roadmap, either through falling behind in upgrades or by bridging many gaps through development.  Therefore it is useful to check in periodically to understand how aligned your TPM solution is in relation to where SAP is taking the product in terms of the planned set of functionalities and solutions, which it has / intends to launch.

5) Assess whether you are getting the biggest bang for your buck

A very important factor of why you might want to undertake a “check-up” of your SAP TPM solution is to assess whether it is providing your business with originally targeted benefits.  It’s very probable that a lot of time and money went into implementing the solution and all too often the effort is spent on “getting it in and live”.  Alas, after the final well done to the implementation team for getting the solution implemented, the review of whether the business benefits are being realised are all too often forgotten.  And linked to this point, a good SAP TPM implementation can become a fantastic foundation for realising further business benefits by building on top of it additional promotion effectiveness and optimisation processes.

So…

So whether it’s a car, home heating system or SAP TPM system, the benefits of a periodic service/annual check-up are similar at their base level, i.e. to ensure as much benefit is achieved from the investment made. Therefore my thinking is simple, isn’t it time to get someone to check over your SAP TPM solution? You might just be surprised at the benefits you uncover.

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