We have recently announced the availability of a new way how to rapidly implement an SAP ERP system using the SAP ERP Foundation rapid-deployment solution (RDS) based on the well-known SAP Best Practice country baselines.

You might be familiar so far of having the SAP ERP implementation speed-up with three distinct RDS packages, namely SAP ERP for Finance & Controlling rapid-deployment solution, SAP ERP for Trading rapid-deployment solution or SAP ERP for Manufacturing rapid-deployment solution all of them powered by SAP HANA.

So why did we re-invent the way to package ERP?

There are several reasons why. One of the main drivers was the fixed scope approach which we had with the three separate packages. Each one of those has a pre-set scope of SAP Best Practice business processes also known as scope items which couldn’t be changed.  Now with the SAP ERP Foundation rapid-deployment solution we offer the flexibility to pick and choose scope items on the level of functional blocks, see below:

For those of you experienced with the ERP RDS packages so far, you will immediately spot as well that with our new ERP RDS package we extended the implementable scope to the Request-to-Service processes. This extension of the business scope was requested many times in the past so we listened and adopted our offering accordingly.

By naming the new solution “ERP Foundation” we want to address several challenges we faced in the past:

  1. Make clear that this offering corresponds to the SAP ERP Foundation Starter licensing option of our software price list. Besides the additionally needed ERP users, no other software license is required.
  2. Clearly position the offering of foundational ERP functionality vs. our Best Practice offerings for Industries in the Trading area (e.g.Retail and Wholesale) or the Manufacturing area (e.g. Discrete Manufacturing, Automotive etc.)
  3. We want to align the naming with our pre-assembled RDS bundle for SAP ERP Foundation Extension in which SAP ERP is a fundamental asset.

With the launch of the new innovative SAP Best Practice country baselines, we took the opportunity to adopt the shaping of the ERP RDS as explained above. To understand the changes coming along with the SAP Best Practices baseline versions (V3.607), please review the ‘What’s New’ documentation (example Germany).

For those of you having access to the SAP Service Marketplace (SMP),  you can get the most current overview on the rapid-deployment solutions offering for ERP here or read the announcement of  “SAP ERP rapid-deployment solutions seek winners like YOU!” in the RDS Information Center Jam group.

If you have no access to the SAP Service Marketplace, please view our public sites on sap.com.

I hope you will find this exciting new offering of value for you and your work!

Please let me know your thoughts and share your view about it!

Remark 1:

For anybody interessted, we now have a Customer Testimonial Video on sap.com about Schaidt Innovations implementing the SAP ERP for Manufacturing RDS on top of the SAP HANA in-Memory database and run in the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC).

Please visit http://www.sap.com/asset/detail.2014-03-mar.schaidt-innovations-ctv-mp4.html

Remark 2:

Do you want to use SAP Fiori apps as an alternative user interface within selected scope items of the SAP ERP rapid-deployment solutions?

If so, review the new page with special “How-to-Guides” provided for an easy set up.

Please find further information on how to deploy SAP FIORI.

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  1. Ibrahim Do Rego

    Hey Jan,

    This is really interesting. We have signed an All in One Agreement. Now after 4 years of go live we are planning to diversify and create new business ventures. We might also opt for SAP for these companies. In case we would want to bring these new companies on our current installation I would expect that benefiting from best practices (RDS) would be a major challenge. Can you please comment. (perhaps I can send you a private message if possible).



    1. Jan Zielinski Post author


      thank you for your comment!

      It is great to hear that you implemented SAP based on All-In-One 4 years back and you consider SAP as well for your new businesses.

      The RDS described above is tailored for net-new implementations of SAP ERP. So if you consider to use a seperate ERP instance for your new businesses this would a great opportunity. However, the RDS has not been build to be merged into already existing implementations.

      Let me know in case you have any furher questions.

      Do not hesitate to contact me directly.



      1. Ibrahim Do Rego


        Thanks for your quick response.

        I watched the Schaidt video and was inspired by their positive feedback. Having said that, we were actually not able to benefit from best practices the same way. During our implementation we did not follow RDS, instead we implemented SAP from the scratch which took us 12 months.

        So far we did not evaluate the pros and cons of using a separate instance for our new businesses. But I am not sure if RDS (in our case country version Pakistan) can be considered.

        I believe a successful RDS implementation is dependent on the maturity of the country version. But here the problem begins, how can we evaluate this? How can we be sure we will benefit from RDS?

        Thanks for your sharing your view on this.


        1. Jan Zielinski Post author


          I personally can not judge about the maturity of the Best Practice country version for Pakistan and did not (yet) find a colleague with experiences.

          But we have some customer references in your region.

          Here 2 examples:

          Kind Regards,


  2. Hannes Kuehnemund

    Hi Jan, all,

    in case you are looking for a free Trial of the solution described here, just take a look at this blog NEW TRIAL – SAP ERP on SAP HANA from Ingo Hilgefort.

    You can now experience the SAP ERP Foundation Extension for free, you only need to bring in your AWS account. More information on how to use this trial is available on the SAP Cloud Appliance Library space: http://scn.sap.com/community/cloud-appliance-library

    Best Regards,


  3. Stefan Ewald

    Hi Jan, although this discussion thread is a little old by now I am hoping that you can Point me into the right direction.  I am currently looking into RDS specifically for Chile. While I have located the relevant Areas of info what I am missing is the one document that outlines the specifcs requirements addressed for my scope market.  How can I find this so I can engage the relevant Folks in accounting and tax to review These in the context of our requirements.  Thanks Stefan


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