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The new norm for IT is to focus on incremental projects to achieve business goals step-by-step, and get to go-live quicker with fewer resources. You are not alone if your company is asking you to do more with less, and this is not necessarily a bad thing; it makes us all more creative and pushes us to be innovative. Necessity is the mother of invention.

The whole concept of rapid deployment solutions is to provide a way of doing more, quickly and effectively. SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions can increase the velocity of a project, with SAP providing preconfigured content based on the experiences and best practices of partners and customers. Beyond having this out-of-the-box solution, the one best way for kick-starting rapid-deployment projects is the Step-by-Step Guide, available for each rapid-deployment solution.

Key Benefits of the SAP Rapid-Deployment Solution Step-by-Step Guide are:

  • Very user-friendly, easy to access and use
  • Start, Deploy, Run – simple, focused methodology that guides through the steps
  • Linked documents specificfor the solution

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The Step-by-Step Guide is an interactive series of pages organized to display the steps needed for the project, from planning to go-live. Notice, I write the project, because a Step-by-Step Guide is created specifically for each rapid-deployment solution. Moving through the steps, necessary documents or links are attached, for that solution. Giving users a great way to stay on track and have necessary documentation organized at their virtual fingertips.

Here is an example of a Step-by-Step Guide, the inflection point and gold line denote the step displayed.
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And as anyone in IT knows, a variety technical and business (non-technical) people are involved with any IT project. By providing a user-friendly guide with the repository for documentation linked to the methodology, it is much easier to align all stakeholders to better understand their area of direct responsibility and how it impacts the overall project. The Step-by-Step Guide allows for better collaboration; and collaboration is always necessary to successfully get projects started, deployed, and running.

Rapid-deployment solutions are a packaged approach that includes preconfigured content and the implementation services. There is an additional, separate Step-by-Step Guide designed for consultants. This guide provides questionnaires, checklists, and other tools to assist the rapid-deployment. By providing those additional accelerators, it significantly decreases time and effort required with the engaged services provider.

What is really exciting for me is being part of this new norm. I was first introduced to these guides when joining the SAP Rapid-Deployment Solutions team and I’m really enthused about both the guides and this new rapid-deployment approach. One of the best ways I’ve seen to accelerate a rapid-deployment project is through the Step-by-Step Guide. It goes a long way to support successful solutions and happy customers; just one of the many steps that SAP is taking to be more inventive getting you started, deployed, and running better.

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    1. Olga Galaichuk

      Who should create SBS guide, If company elaborates RDS? SAP or Partner?  And if it’s responsibility of the Partner, in what way should Partner do it? Does any program or template exist to create SBS guide?

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      1. Bob McGlynn Post author

        The Step by Step Guide is created by SAP. There are two flavors of the guides and in addition to configuration and implementation guides, the partner is provided with addtional templates, worksheets, time-planning, and more to help get them rolling to work effectively with the customer.

        The partner uses those templates and worksheets to create plans and presentations for working with the customer. Of course, they can modify to cover the specifics of the customer implementation, which will probably have unique characteristics.

        The Step by Step Guide, and the provided accelerator documentation is a starting point for the consultant. It’s always much easier to adapt an existing template than create something from scratch.

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  1. Pete Balda

    On my last RDS project, we had partners contributing to the testing of our implementation and service assets that are included in the Step-By-Step guide.

    It was great receiving feedback from our partners out in the field that help our customers become successful.

    🙂

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