As part of partner Customer and Partner Testing Services held in SAP Walldrof, SAP presented the SAP Activate Methodology. This document is an extract of contents of that presentation and represented in a method which is easy to understand.
High level description: What is SAP Activate?
SAP Activate is a methodology used in S/4 HANA and is a unique combination of SAP Best Practices, Methodology, and SAP Guided Configuration delivered with a reference solution. It enables customers to start fast, build smart, and run simple while continuously innovating in the cloud and anywhere.
SAP Activate is a successor of the ASAP and SAP Launch methodology. SAP introduced SAP Launch methodology one year ago for SAP cloud based solutions. Now, these 2 methodologies are not the SAP suggested methodologies. In other words, SAP Activate Methodology is designed to support a broad coverage of SAP solutions starting with SAP S/4HANA. The methodology also enables co-innovation with customers and is accessible for partners like us.
Deep dive information: 3 key elements
SAP Activate, which is a combination of SAP Best Practices, guided configuration, and methodology optimized for S/4HANA. Let's deep dive into these 3 key elements of SAP Activate.
1. SAP Best Practices: SAP Best Practices baseline for SAP S/4HANA contain complete and consistent configuration settings and assets to use as enablement and accelerators in your implementation projects. So what does it include?
2. Guided Configuration: It is a set of tools, assets and accelerators which assist the implementation of SAP S\4 HANA. This will help right from the initial setup all through after go live support. This guided approach helps to bridge the gap between business and IT groups to have a successful implementation. The entire process of collaboration will be recorded, thus supplying a configuration history.
3. One Methodology: SAP Activate Methodology is the used for initiating any implementation of SAP S/4HANA. It is the successor of the ASAP methodology and SAP Launch methodologies, and caters to the usage of SAP’s premium engagements, etc.
Why is SAP Activate needed?
As explained SAP is succeeding all variants of ASAP 8 methodology and SAP Launch.
Now, it is better to understand what the difference between these with SAP Activate is. Compared to ASAP and Launch, SAP activate has improvements in the below areas:
SAP will continue to provide access to the last version of ASAP 8 methodology in SAP Service Marketplace for project teams that are using it today. There will be no further content enhancements made to ASAP 8 going forward as all the new implementation methodology assets will be made available through SAP Activate framework.
How does SAP Activate be deployed?
The Roadmap to get to SAP S/4HANA in order to maximize benefits will vary according to different business and IT drivers. E.g. client may already use SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA today, client could be new to SAP, or client may have a mature SAP landscape that you plan to simplify and transform. In order to support the different starting points there are three main adoption roadmaps.
For each of the above scenarios, will go through the 4 phases
Where to find SAP Activate methodology content?
Assets / accelerators are linked to different phases of the methodology. They are freely accessible:
In addition, SAP Activate Methodology project management accelerators are made available through SAP JAM. The complete documentation of SAP Best Practices through Solution Manager Templates and online on SAP Service Marketplace will be made available.
Conclusion: SAP Activate
In short, SAP Activate is a combination of SAP Best Practices, guided configuration, and methodology which allows building smart and running simple. SAP Activate gives the freedom to run fast with Fiori UX and with a lower TCO and continuous innovation with built-in extensibility to fit different needs.
The key take away will be that SAP Activate is one methodology for any deployment mode – cloud, hybrid, on premise, or mobile for S\4 HANA.