SAP Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management (SAP EPPM) is a tool that helps businesses manage their projects and project portfolios effectively. With SAP EPPM, organizations can prioritize projects according to their business goals and complete them efficiently.

Project proposals can’t become project successes without the right management approach in between.”  – Lynne McGrew, CEO & President, iT2

SAP EPPM includes SAP PPM and SAP PS. This makes it an excellent tool for enterprise use and massive ERP projects. However, it’s important to note that it is not a project business system. That means that it can only focus on the scope of your project and not other business processes that may affect the project. 

So, what are the benefits and when is the right time to use SAP EPPM? This article is here to help you make that decision. Please note that we’ll only be scratching the surface here. We encourage you to contact an iT2 SAP consultant to gain more detailed insights.

How Does SAP EPPM Work?

SAP EPPM works by providing a centralized hub for most aspects of your SAP projects. It keeps track of everything related to a project, from the start to the finish, making sure it goes smoothly and stays on budget. Here’s how it achieves that.

Centralized Management

SAP EPPM stores and manages all project-related information and activities in one place. Planning, assigning work, and managing different project tasks are all done using a unified SAP project system.

Lifecycle Management

SAP EPPM helps you plan, execute, and monitor each project phase. It sets goals, assigns tasks, manages resources, and tracks progress using real-time data. It also uses this data to ensure projects meet objectives that align with your organization’s strategic goals.

Risk Management

SAP EPPM is made to find possible issues in a project early on. If something could go wrong, it helps managers see it quickly so they can fix it before it gets worse.

Financial Planning & Tracking

SAP EPPM accurately tracks and analyzes all project finances, such as budgets and expenses. It uses technology to analyze spending, which helps teams manage the project’s budget effectively and ensure resources are utilized wisely.

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What Are The Benefits of SAP EPPM?

1. Faster Time to Market

One of the key benefits of using SAP EPPM is that it helps get new products and services to the market faster. By centralizing processes and information, it streamlines the workflow, allowing for quicker decision-making and execution.

2. Flexible Support

SAP EPPM is designed to adapt to your specific business needs. It offers flexible support for various enterprise portfolio and project management processes. This makes it easier to integrate projects with existing finance and logistics systems company-wide.

3. Seamless Interoperability

The tool is designed to work smoothly with other SAP systems like SAP S/4HANA or SAP ECC. This means you can connect multiple systems centrally, which drastically increases efficiency and makes it easier to manage core enterprise processes.

4. Cost & Time Savings

SAP EPPM uses machine learning to generate accurate cost reports and analyses. This advanced technology helps you make more informed financial decisions, optimize resource allocation, and ultimately save time and money.

5. Scalability

As your business grows, SAP EPPM can scale with you. Its modular design allows you to add more features and capabilities as needed, without disrupting existing operations.

6. Improved Collaboration

SAP EPPM fosters better teamwork by providing a unified platform where team members can share information, track progress, and communicate in real-time. This enhances productivity and ensures everyone is on the same page.

Improved collaboration comes with the added benefit of higher project success rates, collaborative teams are proven to be 50% more effective.

7. Enhanced Customer Satisfaction

Effective project management often leads to more successful projects, which in turn leads to happier customers. You can also use EPPM to analyze trends from reports to pivot your project objectives toward customer satisfaction. Most customers now expect a level of personalization in their products, and EPPM can help you achieve that.

SAP EPPM vs. PPM: What’s The Difference?

SAP EPPM and SAP PPM are both project management tools, but they are different in their complexity and use. EPPM is typically used by big companies or for managing complex projects, especially when offices are in different locations. Comparatively, PPM is simpler and is usually used by smaller businesses or for less complex projects.

Although EPPM comes with PPM, some organizations choose SAP PPM without SAP EPPM. This choice is usually made when the basic capabilities of PPM are enough to satisfy their needs. 

Let’s take a closer look at some more specific differences. 

IntegrationIntegrates with various SAP and non-SAP systemsMay have limited integration capabilities
Resource ManagementAdvanced, with detailed resource planningBasic resource planning and allocation
Risk ManagementComprehensive risk management featuresBasic risk management tools
ReportingExtensive reporting with various metricsStandard reporting with basic metrics
CollaborationEnhanced collaboration features across teamsStandard collaboration features
Global CapabilitiesDesigned for global teams and multi-location useMay not fully support global team management
ComplianceRobust compliance and governance featuresBasic compliance features

Ask An Expert Consultant About How Your Organization Can Use SAP EPPM

Our quick look at SAP EPPM is only the beginning. Knowing what it can do and its benefits is one thing, but you also need to know how to use it, implement it, and adapt it to your unique business projects.

That’s where iT2 can help. We focus on a customer-centric approach to delivering high-quality, cost-effective SAP solutions tailor fit to you. Our consultants include Platinum, Senior, and Principal-level SAP professionals with a broad range of expertise, including experience with EPPM. 

Reach out to us today to get started.