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Author's profile photo Holger Steffens

SAP Best Practices Explorer – service will end June 30th 2023

Delivering detailed implementation information for SAP Best Practices always was the mantra of SAP Best Practices Explorer. The service, initially launched in 2015 and well enhanced over the next years has shown tremendous interest from prospects, customers and partners around the globe.

Some statistics

  • > 7 million accesses to the tool last year
  • > 140 package versions have been made available over time
  • > 1.5 million assets have been published since 2015
  • > 4 million offline downloads (downloads of the offline documentation library)

Simply speaking, information provided on SAP Best Practices Explorer is relevant.

Obviously, business has massively changed during the 7 years of service of SAP Best Practices Explorer. The needs of the cloud transformation, requirements of the intelligent enterprise suite, the simplification of integrations and the growing demand for providing broader country specific scope are only 4 out of many important trends.

Additionally, the acquisition of SAP Signavio and the evolution of Business Process-as-a-Service provide new business opportunities.

SAP Best Practices Explorer can’t support these trends and needs sufficiently anymore. Yesterday we’ve started to inform all users about the planned deprecation on June 30th, 2023.

While there won’t be a successor of SAP Best Practices Explorer, we’re currently working on a redesign to reflect current business trends but still deliver similar convenience for prospects, customers and partners when it comes to successful, accelerated and efficient implementation projects.

With this blog we’d also like to provide answers to questions we’re receiving since yesterday:

 

Q: Will there be a successor product for SAP Best Practices Explorer

A: No, there won’t be any successor. SAP will release an entirely different application that will also cover SAP Best Practices solutions. However, features and functions will differ based on the new design of the new service. The first release is planned before the deprecation of SAP Best Practices Explorer. Detailed timelines will be communicated at a later point in time.

 

Q: How do I get information about SAP Best Practices after June 30, 2023?

A: We’ll announce the availability of the new service close to its release date to avoid any business disruption for prospects, customers and partners.

 

Q: Will the scope of the new service replace the SAP Best Practices Explorer?

A: No. The planned new service will cover some parts of the existing SAP Best Practices Explorer scope. But many features of the current service are considered to be not relevant anymore. Due to its new data model the planned new service can’t be considered and is not developed as a successor of SAP Best Practices Explorer.

 

Q: Will we in future have the same access options?

A: No. In future anonymous access will no longer be supported. Details regarding access levels will follow soon.

 

 

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      Author's profile photo Elliott Glynn
      Elliott Glynn

      Thanks for the heads up.  In making this decision were their focus groups of customers, partner and employees who heavily use the current best practice explorer, so their experience and desires could guide and benefit the new solution so there could be a shared ownership and vision?  Thank you.

      Author's profile photo Holger Steffens
      Holger Steffens
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Elliott,

      we're always keen to get feedback and ideas for improvement. If you are curious and want to get a “sneak peek” at our new service, you might also be interested in participating as a tester in our upcoming SAP TechEd Remote Usability Testing, November 29 – December 1, 2022.

      Please find details on the session and the possibility to register here: https://experience.sap.com/remoteusabilitytesting/#event-11824

      Best regards

      Holger

      Author's profile photo Ralph Ellerbrock
      Ralph Ellerbrock

      Hi Holger,

      unfortunately, the slot seems already booked out. Will there be further options to get relevant information or collaborate about this topic?

      For us, the Best Practices are an important fundament and let SAP excel in comparison to other vendors (Business content which is robustly embedded into a state-of-the-art ERP).

      What about a project which might be started beginning of 2023 which aims to closely follow a Best Practice approach? Will the chosen scope items (documentation, configuration, test scripts) still be supported and available after June 30th 2023?

      Thanks in advance!

      Kind regards,

      Ralph

      Author's profile photo Holger Steffens
      Holger Steffens
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Ralph,

      SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition 2302 will still be published on SAP Best Practices Explorer. Any content information after that release will already be delivered through the new service.

      We'll entirely avoid to risk customer projects in 2023.

      Best regards

      Holger

      Author's profile photo Christoph Baumann
      Christoph Baumann

      Thank you Holger Steffens

      You write: "as successor. SAP will release an entirely different application" ... already there is one, Cloud ALM. Isn't ît?

      Kind regards

      Christoph

      Author's profile photo Holger Steffens
      Holger Steffens
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Christoph,

      this is correct, as a licensed customer you can already take advantage of the many and rich features in SAP Cloud ALM. However, we will continue to provide implementation content to prospects and partners who do not have their own SAP Cloud ALM yet.

      Author's profile photo Adi Mogilevsky
      Adi Mogilevsky

      This is shocking and will be hit SAP back in a bad way. The number of developments will grow and the users will switch to non SAP apps because the advantage of SAP was the Best Practices and the Digital Core

      Author's profile photo Holger Steffens
      Holger Steffens
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Adi,

      Again, SAP Best Practices will NOT go away, it's just the opposite. Not sure where your judgement is coming from.

      Best regards

      Holger

      Author's profile photo Adi Mogilevsky
      Adi Mogilevsky

      May be the title of the Blob mislead me

      Author's profile photo Rory Clarke
      Rory Clarke

      Guys - this is pretty poor, many end users use this, we always reference it in any RISE sales deal and it forms a backdrop that users query in every session.

       

      Before you publicly announce a depreciation of a key resource - launch the replacement first please

       

      Author's profile photo Holger Steffens
      Holger Steffens
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Rory,

      as mentioned in the blog we're not launching a replacement. Time has shown that a redesign is necessary, thus we intend to provide transparency as early as possible.

      Best regards, Holger

      Author's profile photo M. RAHAMAN
      M. RAHAMAN

      Hi Holger,

      I can see a Cloud ALM Demo Tenant. Is that teh future? I mean it will be converted from Demo to a Live system post June 2023?

      https://support.sap.com/en/alm/demo-systems/cloud-alm-demo-system.html

      Also, exisiting S User ids will be able to access the new product or we have to explicitly ask for it and pay for it?

       

      Thanks,

      Mofizur

      Author's profile photo Holger Steffens
      Holger Steffens
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Mofizur,

      you're right, SAP Cloud ALM has a Solution Process microservice that exposes respective content that today is available on BPX.

      The planned new service will not be part of SAP Cloud ALM but will be developed on the same technology stack.

      Access with S-Users is planned, it's not planned to charge for this access.

      Best regards

      Holger

       

      Author's profile photo M. RAHAMAN
      M. RAHAMAN

       

      Thank you so much for your prompt response Holger Steffens

      I was told that "Due to the upcoming retirement of Best Practices Explorer (please see screenshot of popup that is received when logging onto BPX), there are currently only 24 solutions published on BPX.  There is only 1 solution published on BPX for Finance."

      But based on past experience, I think there were more than 1 solution published for Finance. So during this migration / interim phase we will have to content with only 1 solution for Finance?

       

      Thanks,

      Mofizur

      Author's profile photo Holger Steffens
      Holger Steffens
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Mofizur,

      there's a plan to discontinue further packages from SAP Best Practices Explorer, and only apply very limited updates from now on, mostly in the areas of IBP and S/4HANA.

      The information about content for Finance is misleading on SAP Best Practices Explorer, I do agree.

      Major updates in Finance are available with SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition 2208 and SAP S/4HANA 2022, both available on SAP Best Practices Explorer.

      You might also want to check the update Highlights of Finance from my fellow colleague Ulrich, that was shared with the release version 2208 of SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, public edition.

      Best regards

      Holger Steffens

      Author's profile photo Simon2 Laule
      Simon2 Laule

      What about the Best Practice Content available for Solution Manager 7.2 after June 2023?

      Will there be another mechanism available to load the content for Best Practice S/4HANA 2023 or is this already the announcement of depreciation of SolDoc (and all other processes that need this content)?

       

       

      Author's profile photo Holger Steffens
      Holger Steffens
      Blog Post Author

      Hello,

      as this blog is about SAP Best Practices Explorer I will forward your question to my colleagues from the SAP Solution Manager team.

      Best regards,

      Holger

      Author's profile photo Björn Harzer
      Björn Harzer

      Hallo Holger

      as already mentioned above by others, the BPX is a crucial resource in partner presales and partner implementation across public edition, private edition and PMC/on-prem.

      Please understand, that reading the announcement by the face value that it will upset a lot of partners (including me).

      In terms of making sure, that SAP will not shoot the partners in the foot by taking away this important resource, please provide as many details as possible about what parts are deemed "out of date" and will not be replaced and what parts of BPX will remain (in a new dressing, cloud ALM or wherever) and provide a preview of that if possible.

      Furthermore, it is good to read that no-one will be charged for it. Again, that would just hamper partners to explain to opportunities what they will get ...

      Looking forward for more details and peek previews etc.

      thank you

      Bjorn

       

      Author's profile photo Holger Steffens
      Holger Steffens
      Blog Post Author

      Well noted, Björn. And thanks for your openness. And yes, I'll make sure to provide more details as developments progress.

      Author's profile photo Robert Osborne
      Robert Osborne

      Hi Holger,

      This comes as quite a surprise and disrupter.  We've recently undertaken an internal initiative to align our AIO solution documentation with SAP Best Practices, including the use of the BPMN notation models and test scripts/scenarios in particular to ensure alignment with latest versions of S/4.

      As Björn and others note herein, BPX is a resource for partners and tremendously useful for customers.   And as others also note, to announce discontinuation without having a replacement well thought out or even conceptually presentable seems quite short-sighted and leaves us uncertain on what to expect and it's possible value and usage.

      This move seems to be counter intuitive and doesn't encourage us to depend on SAP documentation or examples as a broad baseline upon which to build solution presentations, sales pitches or documentation.

      While it is good to read that "it" (whatever "it" is) will be free, it's impossible to evaluate what "it" will be and the value it will provide (or not).

      Certainly hoping that the BPX replacement will be useful and something that benefits us as implementation partners.   Please share whatever guidance and information you can as it becomes available.

      Regards and thanks,

      Rob

      Author's profile photo Robert Osborne
      Robert Osborne

      Hi Holger,

      So in searching, I found this:

      Topic 19: Integrated Intelligent Suite (IIS) – SAP Enterprise Architecture Explorer: Next-Generation SAP Best Practices Explorer

      Usability testing is being offered on this (though the registration is full.

      The SAP Best Practices Explorer tool will be retired in (June) 2023. Existing process content will gradually be migrated to SAP Enterprise Architecture Reference Library (SAP EA Reference Library). SAP EA Reference Library is developed as an internal modeling tool, and an external representation of library-related content is required. 

      Here’s a link https://groups.community.sap.com/t5/enterprise-architecture-blog/sap-reference-architecture-content-an-overview/ba-p/11055 

      So is the SAP EA Reference Library the replacement, as noted here?

      Thanks,

      Rob

      Author's profile photo Holger Steffens
      Holger Steffens
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Rob,

      thanks for asking. No, it's not. SAP Enterprise Architecture Reference Library is an SAP internal tool for authoring of entire Business and Solution Architectures.

      But you already guessed it right, this is one of the tools that is already redesigned based on the Enterprise Architecture Methodology, which is a process-centric data model to support our BPaaS vision, as I've mentioned in the blog already.

      However, the blog of Maria Goltz is a very comprehensive summary of the activities around reference architectures and might further motivate this blog, and the main message that SAP Best Practices Explorer cannot support these recent developments appropriately anymore.

      Best regards

      Holger