I will admit my dates were off but let me put my argument another way:
Ferro is currently implementing SAP in its "domestic" specialty color group (which actually does not formally exist as a group). Timetable plans to have this completed by 3rd Q 2000. Though Ferro is moving up the learning curve on these implementations, I find it unlikely they will improve beyond 6 months per implementation.
The stated goal of Sr Mgt is to install SAP in Ferro globally. And they've got a lot of businesses/locations left to do. At my last count, there are roughly six domestic businesses left to do (including Cleveland Frit and all Chemicals). I suspect these two will take more than 6 months each. Some of these businesses involve multiple sites. Internationally, there are at least 9 different sites which need to be brought on line. Due to language differences (remember most of the current TIGER members speak American), these will probably take more than 6 months each, though some could probably be combined (England & France for instance). My point is, at 6 months per implementation, Ferro could be facing at least 5.5 more years of SAP installation. Do you think the current TIGER members (almost half of which do not live in Cleveland) will be wanting to live out of their suitcases for the next 5 years? Team member burnout will be a concern and should be addressed sooner rather than later. My suggestion would be to add to the current TIGER team. Rookie members could get up to speed over the next year or so and if you add enough people, you could cover both attrition and possibly develop leap frogging teams to speed up global implementation.
The other point I want to repeat is that so far there have been few if any efforts to re-engineer these businesses prior to or during SAP implementation. If Ferro doesn't reinvent or refine its businesses, all SAP will provide to Sr Mgt is real time reporting that Ferro's sales are STILL flat!
One stumbling block to re-engineering is the current structure of implementation. Each implementation is overseen by a steering committee typically made up of general /business managers from the plants involved. They have a very vested (and selfish) interest in NOT re-engineering their businesses. What appear to be obvious areas of consolidation or elimination will probably be squashed by the powers that be.