Accelerated SAP Implementation Methodology (ASAP) was widely used as SAP Implementation methodology. But, with advent of S/4 HANA, SAP Activate methodology is introduced which ensure agile project implementation. ASAP used to include five project implementation phases i.e. Project Preparation, Business Blueprint, Realization, Final Preparation, and go-live & support; mapping existing business processes done in blueprint , and assessing fit-gap analysis used to take anywhere from few weeks to months in ASAP.
In SAP Activate, business blueprint phase is not conducted, instead fit-gap analysis is conducted and leveraging from SAP best practices and rapid deployment framework to assess the feature & functionality gap if any. In addition, Activate uses four project implementation phases instead of five in ASAP.
In this phase, business users explore SAP best practices along with standard SAP Business Processes such as order-to-cash, procure-to-pay or hire-to-retire in HR module. Sample scenario is executed in SAP Sandbox server for business users to evaluate how closely standard system meets their respective company’s process
Here the business & SAP implementation team agree on different configurable objects related to organizational structure & transaction data i.e. company code, plant and sales organization. A complete fit-gap exercise is carried to identify gaps that standard SAP is unable to offer. In this context, a fit-gap strategy is devised in which it’s decided if a system enhancement, a customized application or activating business add-in will address the gaps.
In this phase; agreed configurable objects in explore phase are configured. In addition, company-specific scenarios are created for testing business processes. All custom-developed objects are also tested in this phase.
A detailed integration testing is done between various SAP modules/components to see data/information flow is complete & correct. User trainings are also conducted in this phase followed by cutover activities in which company transitions from legacy system to SAP.
Thus adopting above four implementation phases; project implementation timelines are greatly reduced.