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Wende Burgess

Wende Burgess is an Associate Partner at CCP Global. She has led multiple global SAP Ariba and SAP S/4, ECC programs related to Procure-to-Pay solutions, Supplier Management, Sourcing & Contract Management, and Change Management. Wende formerly worked for SAP Ariba, where she was tasked with ensuring the success of high-risk deployments and re-deployments of SAP Ariba.

SAP S/4HANA
June 15, 2022

SAP Business Suite: SAP ECC, ERP and S/4HANA Explained

When a potential client starts looking solution for an all-in-one application to transform their business, SAP Business Suite is usually one of the top products they explore. SAP Business Suite has all the applications necessary to perform essential business functions. Read more to understand the differences in these solutions and how S/4HANA will change them.
SAP S/4HANA
June 9, 2022

SAP ECC to S/4HANA Migration: FAQ

If you have a current SAP ERP system, you already know what’s around the corner: you’re going to have to migrate to S/4HANA prior to the end of the standard support contract in 2027 (or extended support contract in 2030). While the thought of an ERP system upgrade can seem overwhelming, it is important that you begin your preparation sooner rather than later.
Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness
February 21, 2022

Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness: Common Threads

In working on our Pre-Deployment Readiness series, we examined the specific preparatory steps a client should take before their deployment partner walks in on Day One. Many of these actions are specific to a single solution; however, what we discovered was that there are a few tasks that are necessary no matter which solution or module you’re deploying. This roundup takes one last look at each of these crucial factors in making your deployment as smooth as possible.
SAP S/4HANA
February 17, 2022

Ariba Cloud Integration Gateway (CIG)

If you have Ariba, you must move to Ariba’s Cloud Integration Gateway, or CIG, before Dec. 31, 2023. There will be no additional maintenance provided by Ariba for CI9 after that date. Ariba is suggesting that the time to firm up your company’s plans for that move is now. But there are a couple of key points that you need to know for planning that upgrade: 1. How long it takes to move to CIG, and 2. Your options for moving to CIG.
Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness
February 14, 2022

SAP Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness: Buying and Invoicing

In the previous articles in this pre-deployment readiness series, we’ve examined preparing for your deployment as it applies to Ariba upstream modules. Now we’ll look at the Ariba downstream modules related to Buying and Invoicing. There are a lot of similarities in how to prepare for each, including data cleansing and preparing key stakeholders across the organization. One that’s critical to preparing for downstream implementations, however, is understanding the challenges you’ll likely face in post-production.
Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness
February 4, 2022

SAP Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness: Supplier Management

Supplier management is the most complex solution to prepare for from a deployment standpoint. It’s also the most crucial because your suppliers are quite literally the backbone of your SAP Ariba solution. Even more so than with contracts, which we discussed in last week’s article, there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to getting ready to deploy your supplier management solution. It’s critical to make sure the information you’re going to hand to your deployment partner is both current and accurate, or it can cause months-long delays in the deployment process.
Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness
February 1, 2022

SAP Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness: Contract Management

In this article, we delve into preparing for your SAP Ariba Contracts Deployment. The key is to identify your goal before you start preparing for deployment. Our in-house experts on contracts explains: “There is a range of complexity in contract deployment, from simply utilizing the tool as a contract repository only; as a repository with basic approvals and negotiations; or as a repository with full contract creation and contract authoring. Setting a realistic schedule for your deployment will depend what level of complexity you need the contract system to be and how well-prepared you are for the level you choose.”
Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness
January 24, 2022

SAP Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness: Sourcing

SAP’s Activate methodology has five foundational phases: Prepare. Explore. Realize. Deploy. Run. We’d like to add one more that we call Phase Zero: Initiation. In part one of this Pre-Deployment Readiness series we discussed the prep work you can do before your deployment partners begin on day one. These actions can potentially prevent avoidable, costly project delays.
Ariba Pre-Deployment Readiness
January 21, 2022

Are SAP Ariba Best Practices Best for You?

When one of our CCP Global consultants arrives on “Day One” to assess a new client's  current SAP Ariba environment, they often hear this, “We don’t want a deep dive into our current processes, we just want the Ariba Best Practices.” The idea of Best Practice infers a simple, uncomplicated SAP Ariba deployment, but the fact is that “best practices” are not a one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, they’re a framework for defining where you are and where you need to go.

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