SAP Activate Framework

SAP Activate Framework

Is a new ERP implementation as complex as it appears?

Implementation of any new ERP system involves numerous complexities ranging from creating and managing workflows to end-user training before the go-live of a project. Hence, enterprises undertaking such transformation seeks to answer the following questions, “when, where, what, and how” when configuring their business workflows into a new system. 

Adding to this, following factors stand in the way of any new implementation. 

SAP Activate Framework—Simplify, Streamline, and Automate Deployment

The principal function of SAP Activate is to help the project implementation team with a detailed step-by-step framework by: 

Based on the Agile framework, SAP Activate emphasizes on the core principle—continuous integration and testing—as the system needs to be supported post go live as well. 

Three core pillars that make SAP Activate Framework complete. 

1. Best Practices Explorer: By catering to different industries for over half a decade, SAP has accumulated a wealth of knowledge on industry-specific best practices. Thus, the Best Practices Explorer helps enterprises undertaking a new implementation to select the ready-to-run business processes. This also includes the roles, responsibilities, and standard test scripts, that fit their needs. The exploration performed across different Lines of Businesses (LoBs) helps the project implementation team to set up the target system in a flawless manner. 

2. SAP Guided Configuration: This pillar provides the implementation team with the needed tools and accelerators. This also helps in applying updates and modifying the SAP Best Practices configuration during implementation.  

3. Activate Methodology: The taxonomy of this pillar constitutes phases, workstream, deliverables, and tasks.  

Phases of SAP Activate Methodology

SAP Activate Methodology has 6 phases with a quality gate at the end of each phase. The quality gate ensures that project progresses in a structured and controlled manner. 

1. Discover: This phase puts forth a questionnaire, including all the solution and configuration level details, to the enterprise team. The enterprise team generally comprises of key stakeholders, such as the executive management, internal IT team, SAP consultants, and the project implementation team. Deciding on what Self-Service Configuration User Interfaces (SSCUIs) to use sets the project scope and is integral to SAP’s guided configuration processSSCUIs help in configuring and customizing the needed solutions. 

2. Prepare: This phase starts with the system backup process and enables the project team by provisioning the initial system landscape and tools required for ALM. 

3. Explore: The implementation team performs a fit-to-standard analysis to find and validate the best solution fit. In the fit-to-standard analysis, solutions and configurations selected during the previous phases gets compared against the Best Practices available in SAP. This helps the team to realize key capabilities for accelerated adoption in terms of implementing SAP S/4HANA. Additionally, identifying the delta requirementscustomizations and configurations that were not captured in the fit-to-standard approachhelps the team to better configure and integrate any SAP or non-SAP systems while providing extensible support. 

4. Realize: The team performs a sequence of agile iterations to find the right configuration that fits the new SAP S/4HANA system or test an integrated business environment, involving both SAP and non-SAP systems. Also, they perform data loads, plan production, and adoption activities, all before go live. 

5. Deploy: This phase finalizes the setup of production landscape, including data loading post go live, and confirms the system readiness of the new SAP S/4HANA system. This phase also reconciles the target production landscape with the outcome of the Discover phase. The production system is open to the testing team.  

6. Run: This phase is primarily the maintenance phase of any successful implementation. This post– go-live phase ensures the solution is flexible to any changing business or technology requirements and provides additional functionality as needed. 

SAP Activate Framework in a Nutshell

SAP Activate framework choose a faster, less service-intensive deployment approach and continuously adopts the system for innovations throughout the entire project lifecycle. It also helps the implementation team choose a starting point of their choice to adopt SAP S/4HANA with a new implementation.

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