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‘Delivery Methodology is fundamental corner stone for prescribing delivery model for services and delivery projects.’

We are pleased to announce availability of the ASAP 8 Methodology for Implementation. With this release the ASAP 8 is generally available to the SAP ecosystem to support consistent implementation of SAP Advanced Delivery Management based projects.

The ASAP methodology provides users with structured, repeatable and prescriptive way to implement SAP solutions. The methodology is structured around key project phases each containing list of deliverables and supporting tasks for implementation. Along the hierarchy users can find accelerators, templates and samples to support their implementation project (for example Project Management Plan Template, Blueprinting Process Flow Guide or SAP Solution Manager Guide).

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ASAP 8 is offered in two versions for design-based projects – the Agile ASAP 8 for project teams using SCRUM based, time-boxed, iterative delivery approach and Standard ASAP 8 for projects following traditional SAP deployment approach.

Methodology Benefits
  • Enables consistency, reduces complexity and increases quality by creating and delivering services on one common platform.
  • Scalable — ASAP has been re-designed to support all types of services delivery from RDS deployments to large scale implementations
  • Prescriptive and Comprehensive — guided work procedures for project team, deliverables for project managers and accelerators for all users
  • Innovative — Agile Deployment, Application Visualization, Cloud-based Deployment
  • Sound Practices — Project Quality Gates for traditional and RDS projects
  • Knowledge Capture and Re-use — leverage knowledge from thousands of implementations of SAP solutions

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Highlights of ASAP 8 Methodology
  • ASAP 8 is built on solid foundation of ASAP 7 methodology that delivers holistic approach to SAP implementation focused on Business Process Management, Application Lifecycle Management, Project Management and Value Management
  • ASAP 8 combines the strenght of ASAP with the innovations from SAP Rapid Deployment Solutions Delivery Methodology and ASAP Focus Methodology
  • Over 180 SAP Services and RDS use ASAP 8 WBS
  • ASAP 8 helps accelerate time to value with new content for Agile implementation and Application Visualization (with SAP Application Visualization by iRise) that are now built into the methodology
  • ASAP 8 helps establish solid governance and quality in project with tools like Quality Gate Checklist for traditional and RDS projects
  • ASAP 8 delivers value added accelerators like templates, samples and white papers
  • ASAP 8 provides comprehensive deliverable descriptions including task list with accountable roles

Learn more about ASAP 8

SAP delivered webinar offering first look into ASAP 8 in the SAP Advanced Delivery Management webinar series. Check out the recording of the ASAP 8 – Enabling Delivery of SAP Advanced Delivery Management Projects: First Look for more information about ASAP 8.

Access ASAP 8

The methodology is available in the SAP Service Marketplace (requires Service Marketplace user).

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  1. Sean Robson

    This is really great to see!  There are some excellent templates for an Agile delivery.  The new user interface is a nice improvement also.

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  2. Hartwig hennighausen

    Hello, can you please provide the accurate link to the ASAP 8 download on service marketplace?  The link provided is generic home page and when you search for ASAP 8 there is nothing found.

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  3. Hartwig hennighausen

    Thanks, in previous versions we could download the whole methodology to the local drive and install it so that it could be worked off-line.  Is that possible and is there a link for that?

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    1. Jan Musil Post author

      Hello Hartwig,

      in this release we have moved all the accelerators to the Service Marketplace to ensure we always deliver the most up to date version to end users. Currently there is no option to download the entire ASAP methodology to your PC.

      Jan

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  4. Krzysztof Borowczyk

    Hello Jan,

    when i’m trying to get ASAP 8 WBS Dictionary Template

    I get:

    Error Message – Access denied (R/3)

    • Please contact a consulting adminstrative
    •   Error code: WEBSMP105-20121219125336-0015
      Error details: 21F1DD9-702/1A053/3162-71D3D6C5-3CB8B45-2992EF 

      Service Name: SAPIDB

      Service Server: WEBSMP105

      Process-ID: 3844

      Thread-ID: 3864

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    1. Jan Musil Post author

      Hello Kryzstof,

      sorry about the error. We are aware of this one and the team re-located the file to customer/partner accessible area of SMP. You can get it directly from here:

      https://service.sap.com/~sapidb/011000358700001318802012E/WBSDictionary.xls

      We will be re-publishing the ASAP Agile and ASAP Standard in next few days to correct the link. Thank you for letting us know. Please use this forum / space if you come across anything else. We have tested the package before release, but it seems that few small items were undetected.

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  5. Fernando Montenegro

    Hi Jan,

    Thanks for the great post. I’m currently looking for an MSProject Schedule document for the ASAP 8 methodology. I can view all documents with no problem, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

    I think it should be in the “Project Schedule and Budget” section, but there is only a Visio document.

    Is there anywhere where I can find this project schedule gantt chart, preferably in MSProject format?

    All the best,

    Fernando Montenegro

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    1. Jan Musil Post author

      Fernando,

      you can use the WBS template from the 1.5 Scope Statement to generate schedule. The WBS outlines all the work that is part of the project and you can load the content from Excel into MS Project or your other scheduling software.

      Hope this helps, Jan

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  6. Raghu Ram Kota

    Hello Jan Musil,

    Would like to clarify my self the following.

    1. Whether we can user the templates provided as part of ASAP-8 for SAP projects, referring to the copy right statement?

    2. If answer is yes for the above, whether some of the contents can changed to suit organizational (company’s) requirements.

    Thanks and Regards,

    Raghu Ram

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    1. Jan Musil Post author

      Hello Raghu,

      I assume you are asking if you can use the templates in SAP project – yes that is the case. Changing the look and feel of the template to suit the customer requirements is something that can be done as well. What you can not do is to remove the copyright statements from the documents. See the guidelines here: http://www.sap.com/corporate-en/legal/copyright/index.epx

      I hope this clarifies the question.

      Jan

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  7. Jeroen Jansen

    Hi Jan,

    I was wondering what happend to the BPM methodology which was clearly incorporated in the 7.2 version of ASAP. Has SAP abandoned the BPM philosophy in it’s implementation methodology?

    Regards,

    Jeroen

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    1. Jan Musil Post author

      Hello Jeroen,

      the BPM content remains in the ASAP methodology even in version 8. It is still present. ASAP continues to support the four key life-cycles consistently through ASAP phases – e.g. BPM, ALM, PM and VM life-cycles. As a matter of fact we have called out VM deliverables as separate work stream. You can see the assignment of the deliverables to work streams on the WBS accelerator on node 1.5 Scope Statement – the accelerator title is ASAP 8 WBS Dictionary Template. It provides view of the assignment of the deliverables and tasks to the individual work streams.

      Hope this helps.

      Jan

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  8. Carlos Gonçalves

    Hi,

    It’s certainly a good work but I really miss the off-line version.

    It allowed us to work while travelling and in all situations where Internet access is not easily available. This new version simply force us to be connected when needing to access the ASAP roadmap and this is a major drawback when doing project management in remote locations or with long travelling periods.

    I’m not sure that this was a good option… even when argumenting with “the most updated versions of each document”. This was never a major issue for me in the past.

    However, the problems generated by this new strategy are much more important and a real handicap!

    I cross my fingers so that SAP can review really fast this approach and allow, at least, both ways of access!

    Best regards,

    C.Gonçalves

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    1. Jan Musil Post author

      Hello Carlos,

      thank you for your feedback. It is consistent with feedback from other users. Please stay tuned. I cannot commit to specific timeline, but we have this item on the list of improvements for future.

      One of the key reasons for pulling the off-line version at the release time of the ASAP 8 methodology was that we have been refreshing the content every 2-6 weeks – literally in agile fashion incorporated feedback from our internal and external users. With this pace it was not feasible to provide off-line version. The content is now stabilized and our release cadence has decreased. This creates foundation for us to reestablish off-line version in the future.

      Jan

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      1. Carlos Gonçalves

        Hello Jan,

        thank you for taking it in consideration ! It’s already good news… and I can perfectly understand and accept the given justifications for the current absence.

        I will be certainly looking in the future for this off-line version.

        Best regards,

        Carlos

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