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SAP S/4HANA – Best Practices delivered with SAP Activate

With Bob recently sharing the story behind the best practices optimized for S/4HANA, it can be known that SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA provide ready-to-run digitized analytical and operational business processes, that cover the fundamental business processes of an enterprise, delivered through SAP Activate. SAP Activate Best Practices also cover migration to SAP S/4HANA and integration with other cloud solutions.

I already shared information how tomanage your SAP S/4HANA solution with SAP Activate Guided Configuration. Guided Configuration provides an assisted way to implement these SAP Best Practices and facilitates the lifecycle management of the pre-configured business processes.


Today, I would like to provide some more details on SAP Best Practices as well as introduce the new landing page for SAP Activate on

SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA

With SAP Best Practices for the on-premise version of SAP S/4HANA, you have full flexibility over how quickly you adopt innovation and how you make changes to your pocesses.

No matter if you want to streamline your procure to pay processes, optimize your order to cash flow or take advantage of simple finance, we provide a pre-configuration for many of your business needs.


Let’s take the example of a new financial implementation – you can leverage parallel accounting to address multi-national reporting requirements, use a standard chart of accounts or best practice for closing books, remaining IFRS compliant, tracking debits and credits, calculating taxes – all preconfigured in your solution.

These business processes are easily integrated with other cloud solutions, such as SuccessFactors Employee Central or the Ariba Network. SAP Best Practices also guide customers through the migration process to SAP S/4HANA, whether they migrate existing SAP ERP solutions from a non-SAP database or legacy systems. Also included are details on extensibility, for example how to extend SAP Fiori to your needs.


SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition allow you to benefit from the latest innovations by automatically getting quarterly updates provisioned in your solution. Currently, SAP offers best practices for all deployment options (listed below) of SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition:

  • SAP S/4HANA, cloud enterprise edition
  • SAP S/4HANA, cloud project services edition
  • SAP S/4HANA, cloud marketing edition

For example, the Project Services business scenario shows you how to manage the complete end-to-end process of selling project-based services to customers. The SAP Best Practices for this scenario outline how to integrate sales orders with project management, allowing you to create invoices for time and expenses recorded against a customer project. The key process steps covered include managing customer projects during the planning and execution phase, maintaining work package staffing, procuring external services, recording times, maintaining customer project billing, creating customer invoices, and analyzing customer projects. This scenario is just one of many included in detail as part of SAP Activate Best Practices.

Just like with the on-premise version of SAP S/4HANA, the SAP Best Practices included with SAP Activate, walk you through how to configure and integrate SAP S/4HANA, cloud edition with your other systems and cloud services.

SAP Best Practices baseline scope for SAP S/4HANA

Planned to be released with the November delivery of SAP S/4HANA:


In summary, whether you’re doing a new implementation, a system conversion or landscape transformation, you never start from a blank slate. Instead, SAP Activate gives you ready-to-run business processes and step-by-step directions on how to move from your current landscape to your goal.


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Your way to SAP S/4HANA with SAP Activate

  • SAP Best Practices: pre-configured content
  • Safe migration and integration
  • Guided Configuration: assisted implementation and test automation
  • Agile methodology to run your project

Discover a safe path to SAP S/4 HANA with SAP Activate supporting new implementation, system conversion, and landscape transformation scenarios. Use SAP Best Practices for pre-configured content, migration and integration with cloud solutions. Get access to Guided Configuration, trials, automated testing, and agile methodology.

SAP Best Practices – Your way to the cloud

  • Innovate with Rapid Deployment Solutions
  • Onboard to the cloud quickly and securely
  • Create a delightful user experience
  • Migration and integration made simple

Discover a simpler path to SAP’s innovations for the cloud. Explore how to onboard to the cloud quickly and securely with migration and integration made simple, and how to create delightful user experiences using SAP Best Practices and Rapid Deployment Solutions with proven content, tools, and methodology.



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      Author's profile photo Tomislav Azinovic
      Tomislav Azinovic

      Has anyone yet implemented S/4 HANA 1511 with new SAP best practices packages (BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANAX_DE V1.X  or _US V1.X) by using SAP Activate methodology and where we can find a “live example” of it?

      Author's profile photo Monika Patel
      Monika Patel

      yes we have implemented

      Author's profile photo Tomislav Azinovic
      Tomislav Azinovic

      Hi Monika,

      thank you for your response, we also already implemented BP_DEV2 in S/4HANA 1511 FPS1 but at this point just for our demo system and running testscripts. Have you already managed to implement it for customer?

      Best regards,