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Where do SAP Best Practices come from?

While I am not exactly a technical guru, I am fortunate to work with a team that is, and, lucky for you, we are dedicated to making your life easier with free tools, tips, and tricks. Many of the customers and consultants I’ve spoken with as a product manager over the past 4 years have told me that our team’s tools are some of SAP’s best-kept secrets. Our goal is to help you – the customer, the partner, or the SAP independent consultant – get SAP solutions deployed faster, cheaper, and easier, without over simplifying the solutions, or degrading the value they provide.

From our team’s days as the SAP Labs Simplification Group when we delivered the Made Easy Guidebooks and the PCC or Preconfigured Client, and to now with our exclusive focus on the implementation suite called ‘SAP Best Practices’, our goal is to enable projects to both learn how to use SAP functionality, and know exactly how to configure the system to perform most commonly required “business and IT” scenarios. I know that the term scenario is fairly overused recently, but since we’ve been using it for more than 4 years, I claim personal immunity from the BS Bingo games.

Why should you care?

So how can SAP Best Practices help you do with your next project? By giving you scenario-based step-by-step instructions, and when appropriate, preconfiguration and other technical objects, you can quickly implement a fully funtioning system quickly – whether SAP ERP, mySAP CRM, or SAP NetWeaver. What technical objects do we provide you which you can import into your various SAP systems? We provide Business Configuration sets (BC Sets), ECATTs, user roles, and even SAP Portal business content. This content is delivered for free to SAP customers and partners, and to the general public on help.sap.com under SAP Best Practices. Additionally, SAP NetWeaver based SAP Best Practices are also offered on SDN.

Who can use SAP Best Practices?

Even experienced consultants can benefit from the suite of tools. Examples we most commonly see is when a company wants to prototype new business process functionality, such as: Time & Material Billing, or Warehouse Management. Or perhaps a company wants to implement functionality in an SAP solution they haven’t used before such as: Billing Booking and Backlog analytics in SAP BI, or Executive Cockpits in the SAP EP, or, Lead and Activity Management in mySAP CRM. The scenario documentation and technical objects provides excellent content for experienced consultants whom are branching out into content areas or processes that they are not familiar with.

Additionally, our scenarios are documented in a way that even less experienced team members can enhance their learning while setting up a system at the same time. In either case, a project team can use SAP Best Practices for both a prototype system, or as the foundation development system that they can further refine. The SAP Best Practices solution scope may provide a close fit to a company’s requirements, and in other cases, it provides a solid foundation whose business processes work as out of the box as possible which can be further configured or customized.

For SAP NetWeaver, SAP Best Practices currently delivers the following solutions,

  • SAP Business Intelligence: This solution is in its 6th release and spans SAP BW 3.0b through SAP BW 3.5, and has over 20,000 deliveries, and over 25 analytic scenarios. Today’s hottest BI scenarios are Data Mining-ABC Classification, Sales Planning, Sales and Credit Management Cockpits and Cost Center Planning
  • SAP Enterprise Portal: In its 3rd release, the latest version covers scenarios for effective company communication, working collaboratively, most common SAP R/3 business processes, and Executive Cockpit scenarios. Additionally, you can find examples of how to work with the SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer to create portal content, how to work with Ad-hoc Workflow, MS Outlook integration and more. There is an accompanying EPA file with Roles, Worksets and iViews to bring over 250 of the most commonly used SAP transactions and SAP BW analytics used in the SAP Best Practices for BI into the portal.
  • SAP Best Practices for Mobility: This recently released solution highlights one flagship business scenario, SAP Mobile Asset Management-Work Order management. Covering the installation of SAP MI 2.5, configuring SAP Web AS & delta configuration of SAP R/3 to enable working with the mobile application, deploying the mobile app to the client, and using Mobile Asset Management.
  • SAP Best Practices for Process Integration is also coming in early September: For those of you confused by the name, this translates to: SAP Best Practices for SAP Exchange Infrastructure (SAP XI). Do you want more details or to provide your deepest desires for nstructional content? Simply post a response to this blog. We would love to hear your ideas! You should understand that we will not be trying to solve world hunger with this first release, but instead will be providing people with solid instructions to get a working SAP XI communication scenario fully functioning.

Functional scope of this first release will cover the exchange of the following documents using SAP XI in Application to Application and Business to Business scenarios including: Sales Order, Purchase Order, Purchase Request, Advance Shipping Notification, and Invoice Notification.

An oversimplified explanation of how we will structure the document flow is:

  • A2A: From SAP R/3 to SAP XI to SAP R/3
  • B2B: From Partner A’s SAP R/3 to SAP XI to Partner B’s SAP XI to R/3
  • B2B: From Partner A’s SAP R/3 to SAP XI to Partner B’s Partner Connectivity Toolkit

What next?
Take a look at the SAP NetWeaver-based SAP Best Practices today and see what scenarios you can use and let us know if they helped you, or how they can be improved. Then, check back in September for our next releases.

As we receive updates, success stories, or other tips and tricks that projects gained from using the SAP Best Practices, I will post additional blogs in the relevant development areas. For example, I will be writing about a “BYOB party”, or, I should say… a workshop we hosted with the Americas SAP User Group (ASUG) chapter where customers and partners ‘Bring your own box instead of beer, and install the SAP EP using both the SAP NetWeaver Rapid Installer, and the SAP Best Practices for Enterprise Portal. And in 6 hours, we got both the installation, connectivity, importing business packages and more basic portal skills learning done.

To learn more about SAP Best Practices, go to the alias /bestpractices in either the SAP Service Marketplace, or on the public SAP webpage. You can also find our documentation on the public SAP Help Portal under the “SAP Best Practices” tab on the first level of navigation.

Hasta la Bloga! Marian

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  1. Michal Krawczyk
    Hi Marian 🙂

    I’d like to know all of the details of the XI best practices.

    In your weblog you only say about:

    A2A: From SAP R/3 to SAP XI to SAP R/3
    B2B: From Partner A’s SAP R/3 to SAP XI to Partner B’s SAP XI to R/3
    B2B: From Partner A’s SAP R/3 to SAP XI to Partner B’s Partner Connectivity Toolkit

    What about best practices in monitoring (message monitoring, adapters monitoring)?

    Thanks for your response:)

    Regards,
    Michal Krawczyk
    michal.krawczyk(deletethispart)@bcc.com.pl

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    1. Marian Harris Post author
      Hi Michal,
      We will also be including a segment on message monitoring. And, to get a better idea on what our approach is for delivering SAP Best Practices, take a look at the offering for SAP Best Practices for Enterprise Portal and let me know what details you’d like to know about our release for XI.

      Thanks!

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        1. Marian Harris Post author
          Hi Carmit,

          The new package name is SAP Best Practices for Business Process Management. 
          You can preview this at help.sap.com –> SAP Best Practices on top level navigation –> Cross Industry Packages –> SAP Best Practices for BPM

          And, you can get the download from https://service.sap.com/installations –> Entry by Application Group –> SAP Best Practices –> Best Practices for mySAP All-in-One –> SAP BP for BPM.  If you have trouble downloading using the Download Manager, let me know, there is a ‘quick’ but not failproof way to do this too…

          Thanks for your interest and please let me know if you use it! 
          Marian

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          1. Jacob Ellsworth
            I have just recently gotten into SAP XI and I am looking for the Best Practices you mention for XI and BPM.  I found SAP BP for BPM (v1.30) that I can order, but nothing to download.  Is the the same thing that you are talking about?
            Thanks
            Jake
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            1. Marian Harris Post author
              Hi Jake,

              That is it.  You can also download it from the SAP Service Marketplace at: service.sap.com/installations –> Entry by Application Group –> SAP Best Practices –> Best Practices for mySAP All-in-One–> SAP BP for BPM

              Once you click into that path, you can use the Download Manager to download the package.

              Thanks & hope that helps!
              Marian

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              1. Marian Harris Post author
                Hi Jake,
                Just noticed that I already gave you those instructions, so let me know what the challenge is.  Additional drill-downs for the navigation path beyond my last instruction is:
                Click on BUSINESS PROCESS MGMT – V1.30 –> Installation–> scroll down, check the box for 50076254 and click button for “add to download basket”.  Then use the Download Manager to download. 

                IF you can’t get the Download Manager to work, then you can right click on the “50076254” and choose to ‘save the target’ to a location on your hard drive. 

                Hope that helps,  Marian

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                1. Marian Harris Post author
                  Hi Ravi,
                  Did you try either of these two paths? Let me know what you tried already…

                  You can preview this at help.sap.com –> SAP Best Practices on top level navigation –> Cross Industry Packages –> SAP Best Practices for BPM

                  And, you can get the download from https://service.sap.com/installations –> Entry by Application Group –> SAP Best Practices –> Best Practices for mySAP All-in-One –> SAP BP for BPM
                  Then click on BUSINESS PROCESS MGMT – V1.30 –> Installation–> scroll down, check the box for 50076254 and click button for “add to download basket”. Then use the Download Manager to download.

                  IF you can’t get the Download Manager to work, then you can right click on the “50076254” and choose to ‘save the target’ to a location on your hard drive.

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      1. t z
        Hello,

        Im not able to find the BP link for Process Integration? Can you reply with a link to it please?

        Thanks.

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          1. Rashad Dunn
            I am looking for information on SAP Best Practice Technology Standards. Our customer intends to use this information to direct future SAP projects. The customer is a large enterprise with 5 divisions each with their own IT department. The Group HO is looking for consolidation opportunities. Where can info be found on the technology standards of the SAP Best Practices?
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  2. Will there be any info about standard/best practices on organizing the SWCV/dependencies-for e.g. creation of common SWCV for common objects which may be accessed across many SWCVs etc., organizing objects (maps,BPM etc) in separate namespaces etc. ?

    Regards,
    Sridhar

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    1. Marian Harris Post author
      Hi Sridhar,

      At this time this will not be covered in our scope, but if you’d like to provide me with some of the details you think would be valuable, feel free to let me know.  We have seen some posts in the Weblogs regarding this topic, and it looks like it could be an important topic.

      Thanks,  Marian

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  3. Arun Varadarajan
    I know that Best Practices carry with them the knowledge of countless implementations across the world. But try telling that to an Process owner , first thing they would try to find out is poke holes in it .
    Also there is a certain amount of customization required for the same which people do not know at the outset.

    my 0.02

    Arun Varadarajan

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    1. Marian Harris Post author
      I think the important point with tools such as SAP Best Practices is to avoi recreating the wheel where possible, and to accelerate where possible.  Depending on a customers circumstances, these tools can either provide a nice starting point and foundation, or provide a good percentage of their requirements (in some cases up to 80% of their requirements).  Project teams can always further customize or tailor a solution to their needs, so this is the best way to deal with these types of objections.

      It’s like building a model airplane – you can start by carving the shape from a block of wood, or you could start by using a nice Tamiya model kit and add your personalized airbrushing, decals and additional detail according to the time & skills you have available.

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  4. jeevan kamble
    Hi all,
    Please can any body share Best Practices on
    “SAP Netweaver integration with Interwoven WorkSIte MP”.
    regards
    Jeevan
    KM Project Trainee (GE Hyderabad)
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  5. Kim Carmack
    I would like information on SAP PI, especially with regards to design, implementation and performance. There is a debate in my current scenario as to the best practice of using the BPE within PI.

    Thanks,
    Kim Carmack

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