SAP Activate is the unique combination of SAP Best practices, methodology and guided configuration that helps businesses run simply on SAP S/4HANA – a successor of ASAP (Accelerated SAP) methodology. SAP Best practices also cover integration and migration fundamentals. They are designed to guide you through and up to the migration process whether you are moving from a legacy SAP system or non-SAP database. SAP Activate gives you a reference solution with sample data included in the product, clear guidelines and step-by-step direction on how to switch from your current landscape to S/4HANA. With SAP Activate, customers have a choice; if you are aiming for a new implementation, a system conversion or a transformation of a larger landscape, SAP Activate starts with SAP best practices for any implementation and uses a single methodology for all deployments – cloud, hybrid or on-premise.
The Roadmap to S/4HANA
The roadmap to getting to S/4HANA in other to maximize benefits will vary according to different businesses and IT drivers. For instance, you may already use SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA today. You could be new to SAP or you may have an amateur SAP landscape that you plan to simplify and transform. In other to support the different starting points, three main adoption roadmaps have been defined:
Scenario 1: New Implementation
In this scenario, you are implementing a new S/4HANA system; master and transactional data are migrated from the legacy system using data migration best practices. Depending on the company’s requirements and deployment type either SAP landscape transformation or SAP data services is used for migration. Moreover, integration into cloud solutions can easily be achieved with cloud integration best practices.
Scenario 2: System Conversion
System conversion focuses on existing SAP customers who want to change their current system into an SAP S/4HANA on-premise system. Some benefits of system conversion include a re-evaluation of customization and existing process flows and migration without reimplementation.
Scenario 3: Landscape Transformation
The third scenario targets existing companies running on SAP Business suite who want to consolidate their landscape or carve out selected entities or processes into an SAP S/4HANA system. You may want to use SAP S/4HANA as your central finance system, move selected applications to S/4HANA or simplify your system landscape by consolidating multiple business units into one new SAP S/4HANA instance. Your company can additionally benefit from staying with current business processes and move gradually to S/4HANA innovations. With SAP best practices, landscape optimization services, deployment support from SAP Activate methodology and ready-to-run business processes, these landscape requirements can be addressed.
Accessing SAP Best Practices and Documentation
SAP training empowers individuals and organizations can access information through the learning application embedded in the S/4HANA solution. Also, the help portal is another documentation source for features and functions. SAP Best practices and accelerators can be accessed in three ways – either directly through SAP S/4HANA manage your solution, SAP marketplace or customers can deploy their complete SAP S/4HANA implementation project in their own solution manager instance through the solution deployment center.