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This blog is part of a series to demonstrate the value of SAP Activate, an innovation adoption framework for faster deployment of SAP S/4HANA with clear guidance, easy to use tools, and automated updates for continuous innovation.

Planning a successful future for your enterprise? Who isn't. But the devil is in the details when it comes to anticipating both challenges and opportunities in order to stay ahead. It's one thing to use forecasting tools and review analysts’ predictions to stay abreast of key market trends, but making sure your company is nimble enough to react to them? That has become a business imperative. Keep your approach to technology simple, and I believe that leads to the best chance of winning.

I’ve been working with customers, partners, and SAP experts behind the scenes to develop SAP Activate. SAP Activate is our innovation adoption framework for a faster deployment of SAP S/4HANA explicitly designed to expedite the realization of value. It includes ready-to-run business processes for S/4HANA based on the collective wisdom of 40 years of experience and the power of HANA in an approach that utilizes SAP Best Practices, Methodology, and Guided Configuration.

Don’t Start From Scratch, Hit the Ground Running

While SAP Best Practices in concept are not new to many of our long-time customers, what you may not know is that they have been specifically engineered to support future innovations with SAP S/4HANA while covering the fundamentals of integration and migration based on how ready your company is to deploy into the cloud, adopt a hybrid model or be on premise with S/4 HANA and SAP HANA.

Whether you are about to undergo a new implementation or a landscape transformation, you never start from a blank slate. You have full flexibility over how quickly you adopt innovation and how you make changes to your system. SAP Best Practices have been designed to guide you through an optimal migration scenario, whether you’re moving from a legacy SAP system or a non-SAP database. It includes a reference solution for running in the cloud, plus information on extensibility and enhancing SAP processes to fit your needs. You can rely on clear guidance and standardized services that make it easier and faster to deploy, update, and innovate.

Don’t Worry About Building the Mundane, Leave More Time to Innovate

With SAP Best Practices, we are handing over to you, as part of your S/4HANA license, the expertise across 25 industries. There are certain processes and procedures that are the same; every company needs it or every company in that industry needs it. We have combined this wisdom with the power of SAP S/4HANA to give you more time to innovate by just handing it over to you—don’t worry about the mundane business processes, we have you covered.

Expect SAP Best Practices on business processes to include guidance on processes across lines of business, and yes, they can be integrated with other cloud solutions, such as SuccessFactors employee Central or Ariba Network. If you choose the migration scenario, these SAP Best Practices will guide you through the steps, be it a migration from a legacy SAP system or a migration from a non-SAP database.

As another option, the SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition allow you to rest easy when it comes to system requirements or maintenance scenarios and all system maintenance. You also benefit from the latest innovations by automatically getting quarterly updates, no extra steps, no extra time for you to waste. Just like with the on-premise version of SAP S/4HANA, the SAP Best Practices included with SAP Activate walks you through how to configure and integrate SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition with your other systems and cloud services.

Let’s look at the value of best practices in a new financial implementation. SAP Best Practices include preconfigured financial systems for multiple countries, so you don’t have to create a standard chart of accounts from scratch – it’s already been done for you based on our collective wisdom of how the world’s leading companies set up their processes. Best practice for closing books, remaining IFR compliant, tracking debits and credits, calculating taxes? Done, done, and done. SAP Best Practices include many standard financial functions, saving you the time and effort of starting from scratch. You’ll get the best innovation quickly, using our proven and standardized best practices, expediting your implementation.

In short, SAP Activate starts with SAP Best Practices for any implementation of any deployment mode – cloud, hybrid, on premise, or mobile. It allows you to take advantage of all the power and potential available via S/4HANA but tailored to your business and industry needs. Keep things simple with SAP Activate and hit the ground running with SAP Best Practices with no need to start from scratch. Don’t worry about rebuilding routine processes, keep your resources focused on innovation!

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