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Some Chemical Customers Have the Genetic Markers that Make Their SAP Projects Susceptible to Disaster

Practice Leader Presents at Best Practices for Chemicals Conference

Boston, MA – January 29, 2019 – The chemicals industry is drastically evolving through a collision of forces.  Business models have accelerated with shifting the focus to the customer, massive consolidations and M&A changing the leaderboard, digitization revamping antiquated business processes, and cybersecurity threats forcing companies to develop contingency plans for the unexpected.

“Chemical companies were early adopters of SAP.  But while many suffered the speed bumps of early ERP implementations, it’s been a generation since most of these companies have undergone a major transformation project,” said John Belden, UpperEdge Project Execution Practice Leader.

“Understanding why major transformational programs fail, what contributed to some poor decision-making, and what steps can be proactively taken to mitigate risks is a great first step in planning and implementing a successful program,” John continued.

On Tuesday, March 5th, UpperEdge’s John Belden will present “Genetic Markers That Make S/4HANA Projects Highly Susceptible to Disaster.”

Belden’s presentation will address:

  • Case studies of recent project failures, what went wrong, and what they have in common
  • The one thing to get right before embarking on an SAP S/4HANA transformation
  • Four early decisions that set the stage of success or failure
  • Three practices to improve the quality of project decision-making

Companies can learn and derive benefits from UpperEdge’s research on the wave of catastrophic IT project failures from the past eight years.


Best Practices for Chemicals is focused on achieving excellence in the SAP chemical industry community.  The conference will be held in Houston on March 5-6. The two-day conference and expo features CIO speakers from major chemical companies, like Albemarle Corporation and Covestro LLC, and senior executive speakers from NOVA Chemicals, Dow DuPont, and Olin Chemicals. To learn more, please visit Best Practices for Chemicals.


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