Thomas R. Gulledge, Rainer A. Sommer, Mathias Kirchmer, Georg Simon: Analyzing maintenance collaboration in multiple overlapping SAP instances. In: Jagdev, H., Wortmann, J., Peis, H., Conference: Collaborative Systems for Production Management, IFIP TC5/WG5.7 Eighth International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, September 8-13, 2002, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, pp.587-601.


This paper presents a methodology for analyzing maintenance collaboration across multiple overlapping SAP instances. The problem domain is characterized as follows. Two SAP projects are in the realization implementation phasc in the US Navy. The first project focuses on Aviation Program Management, and the second project focuses on Aviation Supply Chain Management. After a prototype implementation, the Navy realized that collaboration across the projects is complex, especially in the areas of Asset Tracking, Configuration Management, and maintenance. There is a strong desire to collaborate across the solutions if collaboration is cost-effective. The research hypothesis is the following. lt is possible to develop and execute a methodology for analyzing the gaps and overlaps across multiple SAP software instances to assess collaboration potential. We conclude that it is possible to provide an analytical framework for analyzing overlapping SAP instances, but we also conclude that collaboration, in this case is not cost-effective, and that the two projects should be merged into a single 3AP16xo|uóoo.

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