The Go-Live Experience is a mandatory training for all implementers of SAP Business ByDesign, and, in my second week at SAP, and I had the pleasure of running a 4-day Go Live Experience workshop for the early-adaptor Partners in Italy.

The target audience for this workshop was New ByDesign Implementation Professional Services Team Members, Project Managers, and Functional (Finance, Supply Chain, HR and Projects) Consultants

I understand it was one of the largest groups (16 candidates from 8 partners). All had been through the pre-requirement training and were keen to “Go-Live”.

Since I have been implementing SAP for the last 4 years, I was happy to enhance the content with some “real-world” context, based on my experience and knowledge of the ByDesign system.

The candidates took to the system well, and by the end of the first day were elbow-deep in to system configuration.

Our 4-day agenda covered the following topics

Day 1.

  • Project Kickoff Workshop
  • Business Case Exercise
  • Scoping Exercise
  • Business Scenario Workshop
  • Project Verification Q-Gate
  • Organizational Management Workshop
  • Organizational Management Exercise


Day 2.

  • Prepare Phase Activities
  • Where to Go for Help
  • System Administration Workshop
  • Fine-Tuning Exercise
  • Solution Acceptance Q-Gate
  • Cutover Planning Workshop
  • Data Migration Workshop
  • Data Migration Exercise


Day 3.

  • System Landscape
  • Data Migration Exercise
  • Test Planning Workshop
  • Testing Exercise
  • Test Plan Updates


Day 4.

  • System Landscape
  • Data Migration Exercise
  • Test Planning Workshop
  • Testing Exercise
  • Test Plan Updates
  • Solution Walkthroughs


Day 4 finished with each group delivering back to their fellow candidates a walk-through of their solution process, that they had configured, tested and migrated data into in the previous 3 days.

This was incredibly successful, each group successfully completed their data migration and process configuration, so each solution walkthrough was smooth and error-free.

I was really impressed with the ability of the groups to navigate around Business ByDesign after only a few days of instruction. A true validation of the intuitive user interface delivered in ByD.

We received some positive feedback from all the candidates, each one indicated that they learned a lot from the course and that they would recommend the content to their collegues.

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