2012 was the year of revolutionary achievements and rapid growth for TeamIdea: we became SAP Gold Partner, came through the SAP Center of Expertise examination with flying colors and successfully completed a number of important projects.

This year was special for us because we received a tremendous expertise in directing international projects. The world's leading companies, such as Harman, Ashland, Netzsch, SOLNTSE MEXICO, KazMunaiGas have joined to our honorable clients.

We asked Michael Selkov, SAP Project Manager, to tell us a little about the work peculiarities of SAP global projects.

Michael, 2012 was full of international projects for TeamIdea. Tell us, please, what were these projects, how the work was going, with what peculiarities did you encounter?

Absolutely right. This year we completed a number of new nonstandard projects on the implementation of SAP ECC Russian localization functionality - Russian Add-On.  Starting from 2013 the companies Harman, Ashland, Netzsch and SOLNTSE MEXICO can confidently work in SAP system. Of course, each project was unique in its own way. At the same time you can identify several similarities. All the four projects were aimed at implementing solutions to adapt replicated system to the requirements of Russian law and Russian businesses. Traditionally, the starting point for such projects is the organization of joint Workshop with representatives of customer’s global company, heads of local (Russian) divisions of the company, global team of SAP consultants and team of Implementing Company consultants (TeamIdea). This year we worked with teams from the U.S., Mexico, India, Germany and Holland.

How long do these negotiations last? What issues are they usually devoted to?

Typically, Workshops are held for one working week. During negotiations there usually discussed the existing business processes of the customer-company, the functional scope of the project as well as so-called «cornerstones» (GAPs) of the project.

Please, tell us about the "stones" a little bit more. 

The fact is that sometimes Russian demands of doing business are not the same as global ones, i.e. replicated system does not provide a mapping of business processes specific for Russia. In the process of negotiation and investigation we define a list of business processes that need improvement, display these problems in a joint conceptual project. 

Perhaps, at a simple level you can outline several traditional aspects that require further development and adaptation in the system?

Sure. We always pay a special attention to CCT, costs price formation, fluctuations, inventory accounting, as well as some other fundamental areas.

In your opinion, what prospects await the company in the coming year? Will there be opened new directions?

TeamIdea primarily specializes in the implementation of SAP products in the branches of commerce, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, telecom and oil and gas industry. Of course the rich expertise allows us to go beyond these spheres. Today TeamIdea is the official partner of SAP on Customers Validation program. This program aimed at creating new software products within the functionality of Russian Add-On. The TeamIdea company involved in testing and evaluation of new functionality on electronic document flow.

As you can see, we are constantly open up new vistas and we hope that in the coming year we can do so much more!

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