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It's now been a couple months since Sapphire 2015, and the announcement of SAP Activate. As a quick refresher, SAP Activate is a unique combination of SAP Best Practices, methodology, and guided configuration to simplify your consumption of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA). And just last week, we got a glimpse into the methodology story, so we thought now would be a good time to provide some more details about the SAP Best Practices optimized for S/4HANA.

But before we get to that, perhaps it's worth restating what SAP S/4HANA is in the first place: SAP's next-gen business suite. It is a new product built on the most advanced in-memory platform out there (SAP HANA) and includes SAP's new modern user experience (SAP Fiori). It is deployable in the cloud or on-premise and is built to drive a new level of value across most all lines of business and industries.

But how do you get to S/4HANA from wherever you are today? Easy. That's where SAP Activate comes into play. You can start with a new implementation or you can choose to integrate your current landscape with S/4HANA. Or, as yet another option, you can migrate your current system to SAP S/4HANA. The choice is yours and SAP Activate is there to empower you, whichever route makes the most sense for your situation.

So what exactly are the SAP Best Practices included as part of SAP Activate?

These are the ready-to-run business processes optimized for S/4HANA that also cover the integration and migration fundamentals. And the best part is that they are still based on the same comprehensive and flexible model that the SAP Best Practices team has cultivated from implementations in more than 50 countries with well over 10,000 customers.

These particular best practices (for SAP S/4HANA as part of SAP Activate) are business processes that include finance and logistics. They can be integrated with other cloud solutions, such as SucccessFactors Employee Central or Ariba Network. Or if you choose the migration scenario, these business processes will guide you through the optimal steps, whether it be a migration from a legacy SAP system or a migration from a non-SAP database. And last but not least, included as part of these SAP Best Practices is a reference solution running in the cloud and details on extensibility for how best to enhance SAP processes for your own needs.

In short, SAP Activate starts with SAP Best Practices for any implementation and uses one methodology for any deployment mode – cloud, hybrid, on premise, or mobile. Our goal, and the goal of SAP Activate, is help you take advantage of all the power and potential available via S/4HANA but tailored to your circumstances and business needs.