SAP is vital for the business to conduct its operations nowadays. It has led to the streamline of the operations, and thus everything happens with excellent efficiency. SAP has indeed changed the face of business. Every business is looking to embrace the changes to prepare enough to survive in a dynamic environment. But for the proper implementation of SAP into the business, one needs to have a deeper understanding of its various components. One such key component for its effective and efficient working is SAP Functional.
SAP function is essential for implementing the SAP landscape into the organization. It provides the business with much-needed flexibility, customized solution and thus helps in the proper working of SAP HANA, etc. It is a therefore indispensable component for SAP. Simply stating, SAP functional provides the business with the features it requires. It is something that top management is interested in. They provide the business with functional modules such as finance, logistics, marketing, human resource, and so on. Hence it helps the business in tracking processes, inventory control, processing of raw data into valuable information, managing of human resource capital, etc. It is required for performing and easing the major functional areas of the business. It is with the functional SAP that the project begins. Lots of people tend to confuse between functional and technical SAP. They are two different areas of operations that complement each other but perform different tasks when dealing with the same clients. Therefore businesses that are looking to implement SAP must acknowledge these differences. Otherwise, it will lead to confusion and chaos.
The functional team is responsible for bridging the gap between the current and potential needs of its clients. They discuss with their clients and, in this process, help them to identify their various needs that will be implemented with the help of SAP. In this process, they perform a wide number of tasks such as developing or adding new SAP modules, planning, and executing any required upgrading or migration to a higher level. They also make sure that every task is being performed up to the benchmark set by them, thus establishing control and ensure that all the stakeholders are ready for the operations once everything is completed. On the other hand, the technical team is responsible for putting the actual system together. They are responsible for refining tasks ensuring that all the requirements are met by the system for easy configuration. They are the one who ensures that the system is properly maintained. They oversee the administrative work. Hence technical works start to see all the functional tasks are properly implemented into the system. Functional teamwork is not required after the project development work gets completed. But new upgrades and technological advancements, one needs to seek the guidance of the SAP functional team. When new features get released, the businesses nowadays start working with the functional team so that they can adopt them quicker, thus giving them an advantage over the others as they have access to new technology and features rather than outdated technology.
It is evident even though functional have technical SAP has distinct roles to play, yet they are complementary to each other. One needs others to perform for its own proper functioning. Hence these must be performed not in isolation but rather together so that there is the successful implementation of SAP and its upgrades in the organization and thus organization can enjoy its advantages.
SAP Functional is one of the critical functions that are to be undertaken, and SAP functional analyst is the one who is responsible for overseeing that everything is being performed as per the requirements. Without the presence of these, SAP implementation cannot take place. This is because SAP analysts make use of their knowledge so that there are no problems in your business everything takes place smoothly. They are the ones that will serve as a bridge between your business and technology. SAP analysts are the ones that are responsible for undertaking the project planning where they help the business to define the goals and various logistics business requirements; they then develop the blueprint for implementation of the project so that they can bridge the gap between what the clients have and what they require. Another important function performed by them includes realization, final preparation, and ultimately going live with the project and providing their client with all required support when they need it. Hence functional analyst is very important for the SAP implementation. It is therefore important for the businesses to see that their functional analyst must have certain traits so that they contribute positively to the organization. These traits are mentioned as below:
- Communication Skills: Functional Analyst must have good communication skills so that they are capable of making other stakeholders understand about the project that does not have any technical background. In case they keep on using technical jargon, there will be just confusion and chaos. It is important that their clients must have complete knowledge about various being undertaken them and other important information and this is only possible with required communication skills. Equal importance must be placed on written communication as well so that clients can easily understand the blueprint of the project.
- Teaching: A functional analyst works with different team members so it is important they are willing to share and teach their knowledge to their team members for effective implementation. If they keep on working in isolation with others, there might be conflicts and thus hinder the development process. So look out for those who are willing to teach others.
- Positive attitude: Not everything goes as per plan. There might come issues with project and hence it is important not to lose one temper and control in such scenarios. One must not be frustrated as it clouds their ability to think and solve the issue in front of them. Functional analyst with positive attitude will ensure that even though any problem arises, they can find solution to it. This also leads to better customer experience.
Hence these are some of the vital traits that must be present in SAP functional analyst.