What is a SAP Rapid Deployment solution and how can it help me in my project? These are the basic questions many customers, partners and also SAP consultants have lately been pondering about. In the SAP community rapid-deployment solutions are on everyone’s lips independently of industry or line of business. SAP Rapid Deployment solutions are everywhere. And there are good reasons for this.
With rapid-deployment solutions SAP has created a fast and easy way to manage SAP implementation projects. In the past IT projects have been said to be unpredictable in cost and effort. In the end a software implementation project often has cost more than predicted at the beginning, taken longer and suffered from scope creep.
The SAP rapid-deployment solution approach puts an end to this by delivering a predefined scope at a fixed price service in a fixed timeline project and all the required documents are provided as accelerators for each project phase. The project team is guided through an easy to use step-by-step guide profiting from SAP’s long years of experience in software implementation. And customers can expand their solution (through traditional implementation projects) as they go and require.
Figure 1: Example of the step-by-step guide
Rapid-deployment solution accelerators
Let’s have a look at the accelerators that are included in the SAP E-Recruiting rapid-deployment solution.
For each phase there are several accelerators leveraged:
Figure 2: Project Phases and assigned Accelerators
For some this best-practice packaged approach might give the impression as if almost anybody could implement a rapid-deployment solution if such extensive material is provided. And even if this might be true to a certain extent, a rapid-deployment solution implementation still requires the involvement of experienced functional and technical consultants. Their tasks are to verify the customers’ requirements are met by the rapid-deployment solution and to guide the customer through the project, to provide assistance where required. They often get involved when change requests are handled in phase 2, i.e. the post rapid-deployment solution phase of the project. The concept of the rapid-deployment solution is to support as many tasks as possible that the project team of the customer performs through pre-configured content. This also helps to reduce cost for the customer. The SAP consultants on-site however guide the customer and assist him with these tasks when required, other tasks are taken over by SAP remote services. The work breakdown structure of the SAP E-Recruiting rapid-deployment solution lists all required tasks for each project steps and assigns this task to a responsible person on the customer and on the consulting side. Often both parties are involved in the same tasks and need to collaborate in order to achieve success. The rapid-deployment solution concept therefore requires a high level of coordination and collaboration between the customer project team and the SAP consultants.
SAP on the one side is responsible for the following deliverables:
· Kick Off Workshop
· Confirm Installation
· Activation of Solution
· Confirm Activation of Solution
· Key User Training Workshop
· Go-Live assistance
The customer on the other side is responsible for the following deliverables:
· Servers and Software Installed
· List of Options Selected
· Licensee data cleansed and migrated
· User Acceptance Testing
· Switch to Production
· End user Training
· Go Live support
Information for SAP consultants
For the SAP consultants it is important to be well informed about the SAP E-Recruiting rapid-deployment solution before starting a rapid-deployment project. So where can you find the required information?
SAP provides a lot of documents and additional training material for this:
Learn about Rapid-Deployment Implementation Methodology using the internal Rapid-Deployment-Solution Generic Learning Map.
In the internal Service Portfolio Management (SPM) Services Catalog SAP consultants find all the details about the SAP E-Recruiting rapid-deployment solution. Choose “Rapid Deployment Solution Services” à Human Resources to find the SAP E-Recruiting rapid-deployment solution.
The following information is provided in the SPM:
· A general description of the service, the addressed business needs and the customer value
· The documents for download
· Information about the regional pricing
· Service characteristics and responsible contact persons
· Positioning details
· And information about the delivery duration
In the SAP Service Marketplace extensive information is provided for all available rapid-deployment solutions. In the left side menu select “Human Resources” and “E-Recruiting”. There you find the sections “Solution Discovery” and “Solution Deployment”.
In the “Solution Discovery” section the following important information is to be found:
- E-Recruiting Rapid-Deployment Solution Internal Contacts
- E-Recruiting Rapid-Deployment Solution Scope-Item recordings
- E-Recruiting Rapid-Deployment Solution Sales Guide
- E-Recruiting Rapid-Deployment Solution Details
- E-Recruiting Rapid-Deployment Solution Summary
- E-Recruiting Rapid-Deployment Solution Pricing Guide
- E-Recruiting Rapid-Deployment Solution Profile in all the available languages
In the „Solution Deployment“ section you can access the service Step-by-Step guide.
In the SAP Community “SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions” also external registered users may access the HCM Rapid-Deployment Solution Community and discuss and exchange information about the SAP rapid-deployment solutions with other people independently of industry or line of business.
For the Human Resources experts exists also a specialized community that exchanges information about the HCM rapid-deployment solutions in SAP Community “Human Resources Rapid Deployment Solutions”.
SAP E-Recruiting rapid-deployment solution scope
As part of the process, the solution scope includes:
· Requisition creation and publication
· Searching and applying for jobs (internal and external)
· Talent pool sourcing and screening
· Candidate rating and ranking
· Hiring manager integration
· Requisition closing and data transfer
Figure 3: SAP E-Recruiting rapid-deployment solution process
The Difference to the engineered service
I bet you know that there is also the Predefined Service E-Recruiting that is being offered by SAP and I also bet that you have wondered what the difference is between the two. Well here it is: the Predefined Service E-Recruiting offers a service – as its name indicates – and the rapid-deployment solution delivers a bundled solution including the service, the content and the software.
Figure 4: Engineered Service vs. Rapid-Deployment Solution
The rapid-deployment solution package contains the following content:
· Software: Quickly address the most urgent business processes
· Content: SAP best practices, templates and tools make solution adoption easier
· Enablement: Guides and educational material speed end user adoption
· Service: Fixed scope and price provides maximum predictability and lowers risk
Figure 5: Rapid-Deployment Solution Package Content
· SAP Solution Manager 7.0, EHP1
· SAP ERP 6.0, EHP 5
· SAP E-Recruiting 605
· XI CONTENT EA-HR 605
· XI CONTENT ERECRUIT 605
· SAP NetWeaver 7.02 – Enterprise Portal
· SAP NetWeaver Application Server 7.02, JAVA (= ADS)
· SAP NetWeaver Enterprise Search 7.10
Find a complete list of requirements in the Service Marketplace.
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