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SAP Activate: What’s the story behind the SAP Best Practices optimized for S/4HANA?

SAPActivate.jpegIt’s now been a couple months since Sapphire 2015, and the announcement of SAP Activate. As a quick refresher, SAP Activate is a unique combination of SAP Best Practices, methodology, and guided configuration to simplify your consumption of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA). And just last week, we got a glimpse into the methodology story, so we thought now would be a good time to provide some more details about the SAP Best Practices optimized for S/4HANA.

But before we get to that, perhaps it’s worth restating what SAP S/4HANA is in the first place: SAP’s next-gen business suite. It is a new product built on the most advanced in-memory platform out there (SAP HANA) and includes SAP’s new modern user experience (SAP Fiori). It is deployable in the cloud or on-premise and is built to drive a new level of value across most all lines of business and industries.

But how do you get to S/4HANA from wherever you are today? Easy. That’s where SAP Activate comes into play. You can start with a new implementation or you can choose to integrate your current landscape with S/4HANA. Or, as yet another option, you can migrate your current system to SAP S/4HANA. The choice is yours and SAP Activate is there to empower you, whichever route makes the most sense for your situation.

So what exactly are the SAP Best Practices included as part of SAP Activate?

These are the ready-to-run business processes optimized for S/4HANA that also cover the integration and migration fundamentals. And the best part is that they are still based on the same comprehensive and flexible model that the SAP Best Practices team has cultivated from implementations in more than 50 countries with well over 10,000 customers.

These particular best practices (for SAP S/4HANA as part of SAP Activate) are business processes that include finance and logistics. They can be integrated with other cloud solutions, such as SucccessFactors Employee Central or Ariba Network. Or if you choose the migration scenario, these business processes will guide you through the optimal steps, whether it be a migration from a legacy SAP system or a migration from a non-SAP database. And last but not least, included as part of these SAP Best Practices is a reference solution running in the cloud and details on extensibility for how best to enhance SAP processes for your own needs.

In short, SAP Activate starts with SAP Best Practices for any implementation and uses one methodology for any deployment mode – cloud, hybrid, on premise, or mobile. Our goal, and the goal of SAP Activate, is help you take advantage of all the power and potential available via S/4HANA but tailored to your circumstances and business needs.

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    • Hi Marion,

      while SAP continues to develop, assemble and publish SAP rapid deployment solutions, the leading delivery entity for SAP S/4HANA will be SAP Best Practices. There is multiple reasons for that

      • with SAP S/4HANA we typically do not have that tight integration between one service attached to one SAP rapid deployment solution anymore - we'll rather offer a services adoption roadmap for the different implementation scenrios (new implementation, system conversion, landscape transformation)
      • delivery entities are changing - for SAP S/4HANA we're delivering a baseline that allows for deployment of multiple country localizations in one client - for the future we're envisioning modular enhancements for Lob or industry scenarios on top of the baseline
      • integration and migration - as far as possible, feasable and reasonable will become part of the baseline

      Best regards


  • Hi Holger,

    Currently we are discovering how SAP s/4HANA can benefit us and we have a sFin2.0 sandbox on SAP cloud for this discovery. I want to understand how can i activate SAP ACTIVATE to leverage guided configurations?



    • Hi Saurabh,

      please refer to the blog about "SAP Activate - How to manage your Solution". There we already discussed that Guided Configuration will only be available with the November release of SAP S/4HANA, on-premise and cloud edition.

      Best regards


      • @Holger - Guided Config - is it available in S/4HANA 1511 OP release now ?

        We do not find it in our installed 1511 OP version.

        Thanks & Regards,


        • Hey Monika - no it is not in the OP version at the moment.

          You can activate the best practice config building blocks - but not all of the Cloud tools are available OP

  • Hi Holger

    we are an SAP partner that are currently working on setting up a S/4 HANA on premise (1511) system as a demo system for our SAP add-on products (like SAP Invoice Management by OpenText).   We are wondering if the pre-delivered Best Practise Demo client mentioned in the EXPLORE phase could actually serve as such a demo client.

    Eventually we are missing the old IDES in S/4 and are looking for some replacement. Prio 1 for us is really Sales Order document flow and P2P.

    Any help appreciated.

    Many thanks