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ASAP Methodology As A Teaching Resource

When I first started teaching ERP implementation one of the best resources I came across was SAP’s ASAP Methodology.  The ASAP methodology or often referred to ASAP Roadmap includes six implementation phases.  Each phase includes a number of activities which include associated tasks.  The different components of the ASAP Methodology is well documented and easy to understand.  To further assist with the implementation each phase/activity/task consists of a range tools and accelerators.  These could be presentations, guides, project plans, and/or how to manuals.  Some these accelerators and tools are comprehensive and would be a good resource for lectures.  Even lectures which are not associated with ERP Systems or SAP.

I spent a fair bit of time looking at the various documentation and resources included in the ASAP Methodology.  It was certainly worth the effort.  Initially we built a subject around the ASAP Methodology.  This subject has now evolved to be a bit broader including some configuration and Solution Manager.

 Originally the ASAP methodology was supplied on disk which enabled me to install it on my laptop.  However it was moved to the web and could be downloaded.  Now it appears to be only accessed online via SAP’s Self Service Marketplace.  It is also accessed by customers via the Solution Manager.  As part of the SAP University Alliance Program you should have been provided with a customer number.  This should be able to be used to get access to the Self Service Marketplace.  The link is

https://websmp101.sap-ag.de/~sapidb/011000358700005008502004E/IMP_RDM.htm

For example one of the resources I distribute to students, in our ERP Implementation class, is a SAP document which is  a guide to Testing Strategies and Approaches.   There is also another document realted to SAP System Administartion which the students find helpful.

 There used to be ASAP Methodologies specific to other SAP solutions such as Business Intelligence and CRM. I don’t know if these still exist.  Maybe somebody can post a link to these if they are still available.

Good luck

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  1. Jan Musil
    Hi Paul,

    great article about using the methodology in context of education. We did move from CD distribution to on-line delivery quite some time ago to speed the time to market and be able to bring the content enhancements to the market as often as needed. The ASAP methodology is available on SAP Service Marketplace http://service.sap.com/asap and can be viewed online or downloaded to local disk and used locally. We also deliver the methodology in SAP Solution Manager.

    The solution and industry specific content has been removed from core ASAP 7.x roadmap and we are bringing it back in form of the ASAP Business Add-ons – this is to make the core methodology lean and easy to consume. The ASAP business add-ons then complement the core ASAP methodology with the solution specific or industry specific implementation content. Compared to the previous ASAP this keeps the roadmap leaner and also delivers more content to support implementation – e.g. SAP Solution Manager business process templates are part of the ASAP Business Add-ons.

    Let me know should you have any further questions. I’m glad to help.

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