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This is a short blog post on SAP Activate with an overview, building blocks, tools and documents. This will help to understand SAP Active and there use in SAP S/4HANA projects. I hope this blog post will help the reader to understand SAP Active with much clarity and helpful in there SAP methodology understanding.

Before starting with SAP Activate we should know that during older SAP projects (ASAP and SAP launch) methodology used for SAP implementation. This SAP Activate methodology is a successor of ASAP8 and SAP launch. The existing SAP projects running on older SAP methodology can be run but no further updates provided in document (ASAP8 and SAP launch) by SAP.

SAP Activate provides ready to use Guided configuration, key deliverable and Accelerators (documents, templates) which is supported for SAP S/4 HANA Cloud and On-Premise solution.

As per SAP website they give quick information “SAP Activate is the innovation adoption framework that expedites SAP S/4HANA implementations throughout the customer lifecycle. It offers ready-to-run digitized business and technology processes, guided configuration, and next-generation methodology.”Ref-> https://www.sap.com/india/services/s4hana-deployment.html

SAP Activate is a new adaptation framework, customer can use throughout their all phases of SAP lifecycle. This will help customer to reduce project cost and time with short duration as they can use accelerator with well define process and steps. These methodologies applicable for all phases starting from new SAP project Implementation till continue innovation after Go Live.

Now we can check as per below SAP Active image it has SAP Best Practices (Ready to run-business process), Guided configuration (Self-service configuration) and Methodology (Agile technique with predefined phased).

For projects, we know two Methodology as “Waterfall” and “Agile”. The waterfall also knows as a traditional approach where Agile known to be rapid application development. Good news SAP Active follows an agile approach for development.

In SAP Active Methodology we divide the project into four phases as Prepare, Explore, Realize, Deploy. Each phase will have up to 10 key deliverables. Below is just an example of four phases they may be different depends on Cloud and Op-premise solution.

Each phase consists of a workstream, key deliverables and task. Example once Phase can consist of few key deliverables and each key deliverables consist of one or more task. Here workstream is a collection of related deliverables and shows the relationship within a project with other streams it does not depend on one phase start to end.

If we check Roadmap viewer and SAP Jam website we will get more clarity in the relationship between phases to end of the task.


Thank you for reading.

Useful resources available on SAP website please refer below link to get more information.

  1. https://roadmapviewer-supportportal.dispatcher.hana.ondemand.com/#(This provides all updated resource for SAP methodology with the option to download the SAP project plan. This SAP project plan can be used for new SAP project for On-Premise solution with the help of SAP Solution manager 7.2

  2. https://jam4.sapjam.com/ (This Jam collaboration site provide all phases with their deliverable and task – SAP login access require)

  3. SAP Active Overview PDF https://support.sap.com/content/dam/SAAP/Sol_Pack/Misc/SAP_Activate_Overview.pdf

  4. SAP Active documents https://assets.cdn.sap.com/sapcom/docs/2015/10/64bc4eb9-467c-0010-82c7-eda71af511fa.pdf

Note: SAP Active Image 1 taken from link 3. SAP Active Phase example is taken from link 4.
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