What is SAP Activate

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SAP Activate is a four-to-six-step technique designed to help organizations transition to S/4HANA and direct them from preparing to going live. Trigger focuses at its core on three main pillars: Guided configuration, best practises and methodology. The driven configuration is a series of tools that help with the initial implementation of SAP best practises.

The fastest way to simplify and streamline your SAP S/4HANA business operations. This approach helps customers to create smart, run and start faster in their respective landscapes. The successor to the Accelerated SAP (ASAP) and SAP Launch Approach. It also offers complete content and feedback to each team in your project.

SAP Best Practices

SAP Enable includes complete and clear pre-configured best practise scenarios and functionalities that speed up the migration path.Good Practices shall contain the following

  • Company process System with technological measures.
  • Accelerates the execution of idea.
  • Integrated knowledge with other cloud solutions, such as Ariba Network, SuccessFactors Employee Central, etc.
  • Migration documents that help to migrate the SAP or non-SAP systems.
  • Graphic representation of the entire company operation.
  • SAP S/4HANA Test Automation Operation.
  • Predefined test scripts.

Guided Settings

It is a collection of tools, accelerators, and assets that help to implement SAP S/4HANA. Depending on the landscape (On-Premise or Cloud), a different set of tools is available.

Cloud Edition

The Self-Service Configuration User Interface & Expert Configuration allows the best practise processes to be updated, while the expert configuration allows the new process to be applied to the current collection.

On-Premise Edition

SAP Implementation Guide and Solution Manager offers configuration tasks for in-depth custom configuration. SAP Best Practices include a set of guidelines and best practises for efficient and successful data migration and SAP S/4HANA integration along with many other best ways to customise your own SAP standard processes. The method fills the gap between the IT community and the company for the effective implementation of S/4HANA.

SAP Enable Methodology

Above two, it gives real value to the company. The methodology is, in my view, the main component for initiating any SAP S/4HANA implementation.In this blog, we will understand the SAP Enable Methodology

The SAP tools included in this technique, including a large range of documentation templates, accelerators and other resources, will help make your S/4HANA project much easier and can all be found through links to the Roadmap Viewer and Best Practices Explorer on the SAP Trigger Technique JAM groups.its also Enable will support both Brownfield and Greenfield migration to S/4HANA. Although SAP recommends a Greenfield approach by re-implementing S/4HANA and using a ‘fit to norm’ approach, many organisations feel that a Brownfield approach is best suited to them.

There are various collections of methods available . For Cloud Version, Consumer Self-Service Setup and Expert Configuration enables the best practise processes to be modified while the professional configuration enables new processes to be applied to the current collection.

For an on-site solution, the SAP Implementation Guide (IMG) and Solution Manager provide configuration tasks for in-depth custom configuration. SAP Best Practices includes a set of recommendations and best practises for effective integration and data migration to S4, along with the best way to configure your own processes or develop SAP-standard processes.

SAP best practices to explore options for a company’s unique business situations and to recommend the most appropriate options. Instead of planning a business roadmap document to cover all business situations, SAP Activate is performing fit-gap research (known as Fit-to-Standard in SAP Activate) and is using SAP best practices as well as rapid implementation strategies to see how the SAP framework best tackles features and functionality gaps.

Implementation, redesign, migration or conversion projects will benefit from SAP Enable Implementation Methodology – an agile way for organisations to adopt SAP software.

SAP Activate is the successor to the ASAP (Accelerated SAP) approach that has been widely used for SAP ECC deployment and update programmes. SAP Activate deployment methodologies are not only applicable for SAP S/4HANA cloud or on-premise, but also for SAP BW/4HANA, SAP SuccessFactors, SAP C/4HANA (formerly known as SAP C/4HANA).As SAP Hybris, and as SAP Ariba.

SAP Activate Methodology deployed

This is depends upon different starting points such client may be new to SAP ,still using the legacy SAP, or may have a mature SAP landscape that you need to prepare to simplify and transform.there are three major adoption roadmaps.

New Implementation

In this situation, you are installing a completely new S/4HANA framework and migrating your data. Many clients will benefit from the latest implementation of the Industry-leading Business Suite and process simplification focused on ready-to-run business processes.

System Conversion

In this case, you can already use SAP Business Suite on the SAP HANA in-memory platform and want to migrate your current system to a S/4HANA system. Customers can leverage Rapid Deployment Approach and benefit from migration without any interruption or re-implementation of current business processes, re-evaluation of existing business processes and time-frame customization

Landscape Transformation

In this situation, we may want to use S/4HANA as your central finance framework or transfer an application to S/4HANA, or you may want to simplify your current system landscape by merging multiple business processes into one new S/4HANA case. Based on your SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server, updates to the new enhancement kit and migration to SAP HANA are provided by services. It has several other benefits, as it will progressively switch to S/4HANA with existing business processes, can also carve out S/4HANA from a single company entity and simplify the operation.

Implementation Methodology

SAP Activate implementation methodology consists of the following six phases:

SAP Activate implementation methodology
SAP Activate implementation methodology

Source: SAP

The Discover Phase

During this process , the project teams will discover the capabilities of the SAP solution in order to better understand the business value and benefits of the S/4HANA implementation. It also helps the team to identify the target technology architecture as well as the implementation plan to be pursued. This process also enables business users to prepare the business case for the implementation of SAP S/4HANA and to prepare the deployment roadmap for the digital transformation journey.

The Prepare Phase

In this process, initial project planning and preparation takes place at the project management stage, which includes the preparation of the project plan for the implementation of the S/4HANA as well as the assignment of the team. Other critical activities of this process are the specification of the goals of the S/4HANA project, the identification and quantification of business value goals for the implementation of S/4HANA. Executive sponsorship is ensured and project standards, governance and organisation are developed. Reporting and monitoring progress of the project is finalised. The tasks and responsibilities of the project team are also finalised at this point.

The Explore Phase

At this point, business users will explore SAP best practises and standard business processes (known as Fit-to-Standard) such as order-to-cash, purchase-to-pay or hire-to-retreat mapped out for S/4HANA. Sample data from a fictional company is also available to allow business users to run end-to-end processes to determine how closely a standard solution suits the company’s business needs. Here, business users and the consulting firm of SAP agree on the configurable artefacts needed for the company.The fit-gap strategy will determine if the redesign, tailored programme, or business add-in will resolve the defined gaps. Additional but important tasks of this process include master data load planning, where MS-Excel data models are shared with business users so that they start working on and planning clean, accurate and detailed master data for loading into the S/4HANA framework . In addition, initial SAP testing and training needs are also underway at this point.

The Realize Phase

During this step, a series of activities will progressively develop, evaluate and validate the business scenarios and processes defined in the previous step (Discover phase). Master data is loaded to verify and validate consistency and completeness to ensure smoother, error-free transactions and business processes are running. All custom development are also tested during the realisation process. Key business users are trained as ‘trainers’ with the goal that these SAP trainers can ultimately train end-users (train-the-trainer approach). End-user training is often designed so that appropriate end-users can be engaged at the right time and trained only in their particular fields of work.

Business users and SAP consultants will dive extensively into the end-to-end integration testing of various SAP module to ensure that they are completely integrated. Data and information flow are complete and accurate

The Deploy Phase

In this process, the master trainers are training the end-users. The cut-off operations in which the company switches from legacy systems to S/4HANA take place. Some of the essential cut-off tasks include planning the SAP development system with final master data uploads, uploading the cut-off or closing financial and inventory balances from legacy systems to S/4HANA, checking and validating all functions and authorizations for business users and end users. Change management activities culminate in the coordination of all stakeholders to ensure the transition to S/4HANA is not only embraced but is also smooth.

The Run Phase

In this step, the SAP system is further stabilised by ensuring that any potential problems, errors or incorrect entries that may have occurred within the first few days of live S/4HANA are quickly corrected. Establishing a dedicated IT or SAP helpdesk to fix these issues goes a long way towards the smoother operation of S/4HANA. Here, business users again play a vital role in ensuring trouble-free collaborating with the company’s internal SAP helpdesk and SAP consultants to address problems efficiently and comprehensively. Efficient and timely financial closure of the first month within timeframe ,verify the accurate and effective functioning of the business processes.

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