Frequently Asked Questions

When is it worthwhile to execute the SAP roll-out in Latin America?

Due to the regulatory density, implementing a SAP system is ideal for reducing complexity and ensuring legal security. Developments over the last few years indicate that we can expect an increase in the already complex regulations. A coherent ERP system is the only way to permanently ensure tax-related compliance, particularly across various subsidiaries. An SAP rollout is particularly crucial if you wish to achieve more transparency and control over your adherence to regulations. How large a company must be before a SAP implementation is recommended depends, for example, on the scope of production and the global company structure. Our consultants can aid you in making a decision thanks to their years of experience.

SAP has already been implemented – is there still a need for action?

Our experience has shown that even current SAP systems are vulnerable to errors and require continuous adaptation due to the ever-changing regulations. Regular analyses allow you to identify any possible weak
points and eliminate them by means of continuous, needs-based support. This involves not only the processing of OSS notes, but also setting up bank connections and updating tax calculation tables. Our
specialists offer well-founded assessment analyses to uncover customizing errors or inconsistencies in order to avoid legal consequences.

What are the advantages of using external support?

Gathering knowledge about specific regulations and continuous changes, and keeping this Knowledge fully up to date using internal resources, is difficult and laborious. Knowledge about cultural aspects and local networks is not always available internally. Using an external team of SAP experts allows you to keep your own resources available for other projects. Our German experts have been carrying out SAP rollouts in Latin America for companies from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland for 15 years. Beyond their knowledge of regulatory specifics, they are also experts on local cultural differences and are fluent in German, Portuguese, Spanish, and English.

What is the best way to implement country-specific guidelines into SAP?

Since SAP does not provide a coherent solution for Latin American countries, the country-specific guidelines must be manually updated in the SAP system. The LATAM template developed by our experts enables data to be updated in an effective, automated, and error-free manner. This prevents incorrect localizations.

How do I ensure continuous adaptation?

The volatility of regulations is reflected in the SAP system by means of the numerous OSS notes. On average, one third of all OSS notes in any SAP Support package are a result of the regulation changes in Latin American countries. The absolute frontrunner is Brazil with up to 10 OSS notes per day. Keeping the system constantly up to date requires either labor-intensive monitoring conducted by an internal employee or an external support solution. Our experts are always up to date and can thus carry out any adjustments in a short space of time. Large changes in particular, such as the Nota Fiscal 4.0 in Brazil or the CFDI 3.3 in Mexico, require a thorough review and adaptation in the SAP
system.

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