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SAP Activate guides every step on your journey to SAP S/4HANA Cloud

You are about to start deployment project of your new SAP S/4HANA Cloud solution and you need help to plan the activities for your team. SAP Activate is here to help you prepare and execute the entire journey to SAP S/4HANA Cloud and will also support you after the initial go-live in adoption of innovations.

SAP designed SAP Activate, the innovation as a service, to help project teams plan and execute their deployment project most efficiently. SAP Activate gives you access to ready-to-run digitized business processes, guided configuration tools, and modern deployment methodology. The purpose of this blog is to help you leverage the SAP Activate in your SAP S/4HANA Cloud deployment.

SAP Activate structures deployment in multiple phases to keep you in control of your systems.

  • Discover – Identify the business value and benefits, define the adoption strategy and roadmap.
  • Prepare – Start the project, finalize plans, enable your teams, and access system with best practice processes.
  • Explore – Drive adoption of SAP standard with a Fit-to-Standard approach, and capture delta requirements to implement your differentiating business practices.
  • Realize – Run agile sprints to configure, build and test an integrated environment, load data, and start enabling business users.
  • Deploy – Set up production system, confirm business readiness, and switch business operations to the new system.
  • Run – Drive efficient adoption of the new solution across the business, meet evolving business needs with SAP and innovations you integrate and extend on the platform.

Want to learn more about what happens in each phase, take a look at the phase level detailed blogs we have published last year around the introduction of the SAP S/4HANA Cloud: Implementation with SAP Activate e-book from SAP-PRESS.


Your next steps with SAP Activate

  • Get started with SAP Activate quickly. Review this presentation that will give you the key information about how to best use SAP Activate in your project.
  • Ready to dive deeper? Review the ready-to-run digitized business process documentation for SAP S/4HANA Cloud in SAP Best Practices Explorer.
  • Ready to start your project? Follow the guided journey in the SAP Activate methodology for SAP S/4HANA Cloud in SAP Roadmap Viewer and leverage all it has to offer.


Do you have questions? Want to hear from the SAP Activate experts and users? Sign-up for the SAP Activate public Jam to engage with our experts.

Are you joining us at this year’s SAP Annual Conference SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando? Come meet us at the SAP Activate demo table in the SAP Applications S/4HANA area on the show floor.

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  • I have read the presentation document, and it is very informative, rich, clear, compact, easy, and friendly way to present information.  In particular, I like Fit-to-standard pages 41-43, Realize page 52, Agile page 54.  Very good portal association links.  To me, Discovery phase is missing.  Very important (but might not be the purpose of the document).

    We are just starting our Implementation proyect On-Premise.  Is there a version for On-Premise?

    Still, the information is very good.  Congratulations for making our life easier.

    Sincerely Carlos Ruiz

  • Thank you, Carlos. I appreciate the feedback. I’ll make sure to share it with the team that is building this content.

    Yes, there is SAP Activate for on-premise solutions. You can find it inside the SAP Roadmap Viewer application here -

  • Hello Jan ,


    This is really a great article for a starter who wants to now work with S4 HANA cloud & has experience in On premise system.

    Do you have a comparison list on what is possible on S4 HANA on premise and not possible on S4 HANA cloud?


    Ashish Shah

    • Sure - look for Feature Scope Description on for SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Cloud. I also recommend you to check the product roadmaps for each solution at