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From Start To Finish

From Start To Finish

PDB Brings a Proven Implementation Methodology that has Successfully Supported Customer Go-Live.


Platinum DB SAP Partner


Platinum DB Consulting, Inc. (PDB) is a certified SAP consulting and services partner and an Oracle Gold partner that has been delivering high-quality services and solutions globally since 1999. Over 100 Fortune 500 companies operating in North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America have placed their trust in PDB professionals to deliver innovative solutions to the most challenging Enterprise Project and Portfolio Management (EPPM), Project System, SAP AI, SAC Analytics, SAC x(P&A), BTP, BTP, BPC, BI-Integrated Planning, and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) challenges. 


PDB Offers Business Services, Technology Services, Education and Training, Plus Value-Added BTP Solutions: 


  • Business Services: Functional Consulting, Business Case Assessments, Technical Consulting, Process Improvement Consultation, Break-fix, Hosting, and S4 HANA Cloud Deployments. 

  • Support Service: Functional, Technical, and Infrastructure support services.  We utilize Jira Cloud tools to manage tickets and collaborate with our customers. 

  • Technology Services: Application Development, BTP Cloud Development, Microsoft Development, and System Integration and Support.

  • Education and Training: EPPM and Project System Courses and Knowledge Transfer.


  • Organizational Change Management (OCM): Incorporating OCM into a project team can bring significant benefits to an organization, including improved project outcomes, faster adoption of changes, lower costs, improved employee engagement and morale, and increased organizational agility.  See our organizational section for additional details. 

  • Value-Added Solutions: Industry/Domain/Application.


Our EPPM offering incorporates many best practices including Portfolio Management CII (Construction Industry Institute) process templates, robust SAC Analytic CDS and HANA view EPPM content, delegation of authority workflow models, Business Process Management visual workflow, and BTP solutions such as our Construction Field Application. Our Field App can be used on an iPad or Android to capture installation details, work progress notes, and upload hundreds of pictures with attributes. 


All of this content can be used to produce a Daily Diary Output.  We work with customers that are CII members.  Our customers have implemented CII stage gate best practices on paper.  They are looking to complement these paper processes with SAP EPPM CII solutions. This is where Platinum DB can play a role.  Platinum DB offers a CII Solution. Platinum DB has customers in the Banking, Chemical, Transportation, Engineering, and Construction that utilize our solution.  


We Believe Passionately in What We Do and the Investment We Make in the Success of Our Customers and Partners: 


  • PDB has made a significant investment in the Chicago-based Cloud Advanced Innovation Center (AIC) so that we can model and prototype the solutions we build and configure before implementation at the customer. 

  • The AIC houses multiple application landscapes that are used to demonstrate complete end-to-end processes across the entire EPPM ecosystem. 

  • The unique Platinum DB Live Blueprinting offering exploits the full power of the AIC to enable customers to visualize and model requirements at a fraction of the cost of traditional approaches.

  • We make the AIC available to SAP for demonstrations and proof of concepts to showcase the “art of the possible” using the latest SAP solutions. 


Another PDB operating principle is “build it once use it many times”. What does this mean for customers? Innovations, process improvements, and technological discoveries made during the course of client engagements and our own research, typically get rolled into the AIC landscapes and artifacts library. Savings that derive from not reinventing the wheel are passed on to clients in the form of lower implementation costs and faster time-to-value. The working environment that this philosophy engenders means that PDB is able to attract the best, brightest, and most motivated EPPM talent in the industry. 



Why Organizational Change Management (OCM)? 


  • Affects the People's Side of Change 

  • Accelerated Adoption and Proficiency 

  • Reduced Resistance and Increased Engagement 

  • Minimized Productivity Losses and Disruptions 

  • OCM Integrates Change Activity Plans and Builds Teams 

  • Improved Project ROI and Benefits Realization 

  • Strengthened Change Leadership and Sponsorship 

  • Increased Change Competency, Capability, and Agility 

  • Improved Employee Engagement and Morale 


Key Benefits of Incorporating Organizational Change Management (OCM) into a Project Team Based on Prosci Change Management Research: 


  • Improved likelihood of project success: Incorporating OCM into a project team increases the likelihood of successful project outcomes by ensuring that stakeholders are adequately prepared and equipped to adapt to the changes being introduced. Prosci research shows that projects with effective OCM are six times more likely to meet project objectives than those without.


  • ​​Reduced resistance to change: OCM helps proactively anticipate and manage resistance, which is a common challenge that can impede project progress and result in delays or even failure. By managing resistance, project teams can reduce the risk of issues that may have occurred due to pushback from employees. 


  • Faster adoption of changes: Effective OCM facilitates faster adoption of new processes, technology, and systems by providing stakeholders with the education and resources they need to navigate the changes successfully. This leads to faster realization of benefits and ROI for the organization. 


  • Lower costs and improved ROI: Incorporating OCM can save organizations significant costs by reducing the time and resources required to address challenges that arise during the project implementation. The Prosci research shows that projects with effective OCM are eight times more likely to meet or exceed expected ROI. 


  • Improved employee engagement and morale: OCM can positively impact employee engagement and morale, as it provides employees with opportunities to participate in the change process and voice their concerns. This involvement can help employees feel more invested in the change and increase their satisfaction and commitment to the organization. 


  • Increased organizational agility: OCM promotes a culture of continuous improvement and innovation, resulting in a more agile and adaptable organization. This can provide a competitive advantage and help the organization respond more quickly to changes in the market or industry. 


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Incorporating OCM into a project team can bring significant benefits to an organization, including improved project outcomes, faster adoption of changes, lower costs, improved employee engagement and morale, and increased organizational agility. By proactively addressing resistance to change and ensuring that stakeholders are adequately prepared, organizations can significantly increase their chances of success in implementing a change project. 



  • Out of the Box Integrated Asset Lifecycle Process Implemented by PDB​

  • SAP EPPM: Delivering Value From Strategy To Execution​

  • EPPM Capital Process Overview Implemented​

  • Implementation Methodology Approach​  

Integrated Asset Lifecycle Process Implemented by PDB


SAP EPPM: Delivering Value from Strategy to Execution


SAP EPPM: Delivering Value from Strategy to Execution


Implementation Methodology & Approach

Successful SAP Projects: The Right Mix Never Changes

As the Systems Become Inherently More Prescriptive…

  • For example: “Fit-to-Standard” vs. “Blank Sheet”

Organization Preparation

  • Engaged Leaders

  • Cross-Functional Teams

  • “Hands-On Keys”


Data Governance

  • Extracting and Transforming

  • Understanding and Owning becomes more important than ever.



Quality Gate Overview



  • Site Visits

  • Solution Demonstration

  • Scope Determination

  • Value Identification

  • ROM Estimates

  • Quick Start System (optional)




Key Phase Activities:

  • System Preparation - Base S/4 HANA, EPPM Add-Ons, and EPPM Accelerators.

  • Data – Master Data Strategy Session, Deliver Load Templates.

  • PMO - SharePoint Site Setup, Standard Toolkit Installation for Project Management.

  • OCM - Organization Change Management Kickoff.

  • Team Preparation.

  • Consultant – System Access, Knowledge Transfer from the Pre-Sales Team to the Implementation Team.

  • Client– Tools & Templates & Kick-Off Deck.

  • EPPM End-to-End Demonstrations.



Key Phase Activities:

  • Fit-Gap Workshops Using Scope Items – Process Overview (PowerPoint or Visio), Process Demo in PDB AIC EPPM Landscape, Documentation of Gaps, Task Assignments for Team Members.

  • Key Master Data – Extract from Legacy, Populate EPPM Template, and Load into EPPM.

  • Record Issues, Tasks, Decisions, Gaps.  (Who, Due Date, Status).

  • Identify Reports, Interfaces, Conversions, Enhancements, and Forms (RICEF)

  • Voice of Customer (RICEF Requirements from a Business Perspective)

  • Response of Consultant (Translation from Business Requirements to EPPM terms)

  • Known Scope of Gaps and RICEF Objects – Defines Efforts for the Rest of the Project.

  • OCM Continues and Execution Starts.





  • Demonstrate EPPM Functionally Configured as Part of PDB’s Best Practices.

  • Review Fit to "True Requirements".

  • Identify Gaps Between Best Practices and Differentiating Requirements.

  • Identify Additional Configuration and Development (RICEF) Efforts.

Each Session Will Include:

  • Presentation of the Business Processes Being Discussed – Flowchart (Process Chart) Based.

  • Discussion of Steps in the Process.

  • Discussion of Master Data Utilized.

  • EPPM, Workflow, and SAC Analytics, Analysis for Office, BI-IP Forecasting Model System Demonstrations.

  • Functional and technical discussions and establishment of follow-up sessions as needed.


  • They Key Is to Focus on Why Won't This Work and Not Recreate it 100% in EPPM.

  • Develop GAPs Using BTP or Via PDB Accelerators.




Key Phase Activities:

  • System:

    • Gap Resolution (Configuration, Technical Development)

  • Master Data Load Cycles

  • Test Planning and Execution

  • OCM Activities

    • Training Planning

    • Training Content

  • Security Roles

  • Record Risks, Issues, Tasks, Decisions, Gaps  (Who, Due Date, Status)

  • Support Strategy






Key Phase Activities:

  • Project, Portfolio, Forecast, Budget, and Actual Data Loads and Cut-Over Activities

  • Finalized System

  • Production System Set-up

  • OCM Activities

  • End-User Training

  • Security Roles

  • Mock Go-Live Master Data Load, Mock Go-Live Cutover

  • Record Issues, Tasks, Decisions, Gaps.  (Who, Status, Dead-Lines, Escalation)




Key Phase Activities:

  • Execute Go-Live Support Plan

  • Record Issues, Tasks, Decisions, Gaps. (Who, Status, Dead-Lines, Escalation)

Your Journey Continues

  • Strategic EPPM Business Initiatives Alignment with Long-term EPPM Roadmap.

  • Digital Transformation Execution.



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