Why Implement Your SAP S/4HANA System with SAP Activate?

SAP Activate is a methodology businesses use to perform SAP S/4HANA implementations.


It allows for a speedy system deployment and applies principles that enable an organization to adopt new capabilities. It supports business process innovation and is evolution-friendly, meeting the continuously growing needs of your business.


SAP S/4HANA Capabilities

SAP S/4HANA is an integrated ERP solution run on SAP HANA, SAP’s in-memory database. SAP S/4HANA offers organizations and users a wide range of capabilities that help them perform business processes.


While a full overview of SAP S/4HANA features would take a book to cover, some of the main features include enhancements of existing SAP ERP functionality and new tools to help businesses run more efficiently. For example, the Universal Journal provides financials users with a single source of financial truth, and supply chain operations benefit from embedded and streamlined warehouse management. There are nine key lines of business that SAP S/4HANA touches; click here for an overview on each.


Furthermore, SAP S/4HANA provides users with the ability to perform process automation, supported by multiple intelligent technologies such as robotic process automation and artificial intelligence. SAP S/4HANA also creates opportunities for better and quicker decision-making with embedded analytics, as well as enabling faster answers with conversational interfaces and digital assistants.


SAP S/4HANA applies various modern technologies to existing functionality to create new, digitally based business practices. And with SAP sunsetting its legacy ERP suite in 2027, now is the perfect time to make the move to SAP S/4HANA. Enter SAP Activate.


SAP Activate

SAP Activate was introduced at SAPPHIRE in 2015; it was created to provide the guidance users need to complete their system transformation. SAP Activate can be used by companies looking to deploy SAP S/4HANA, SAP SuccessFactors, and data warehousing products, among other solutions.


Using three key components—ready-to-run business processes, guided methodology, and tools for adoption and extensibility—SAP Activate aims to simplify implementation processes and help users build strong landscapes.


SAP Activate continuously provides support throughout the entire SAP S/4HANA transition and also offers details for running and operating the solution beyond the moment your system goes live.


The SAP Activate Book

Executing a successful business transformation begins with careful planning and preparation, and our SAP Activate: Project Management for SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Cloud book can help you manage your SAP S/4HANA transition, regardless of your deployment approach.


This book provides readers with details for planning and implementing an SAP S/4HANA project. Become familiar with the fundamentals of SAP S/4HANA and possible deployment strategies. Learn the key concepts and components of SAP Activate that will help you execute your approach, whether you are deploying a new implementation, converting an existing system, or transitioning selected data. From there, get to know in detail the ins and outs of SAP Activate: how it works, how to access it, and more.

SAP Activate Phases

SAP Activate is designed around six essential phases to ensure quality implementation and delivery throughout the project lifecycle. You’ll learn about the roles the phases play and explore examples of deliverables that are created in each phase.


Start with the discover phase to define the solution’s capabilities. Understand its business value and benefits, and determine an adoption strategy in alignment with the solution’s capabilities and product roadmap.


Next is the prepare phase, when you’ll dive into the initial planning and preparation for the project. Learn how to set up the technical and application environments.


In the explore phase, perform a fit-to-standard analysis to confirm the fit of the solution’s standard functionality to your company’s needs. You’ll determine configuration values, necessary extensions, and analytics requirements, as well as identify required integrations, the business scenario design, and your testing scope.


Use a series of iterations in the realize phase to incrementally build, test, and validate an integrated business and system environment based on business scenarios and process requirements identified during the workshops run in the explore phase.


The deploy phase is when you set up the production environment, confirm organizational readiness, and switch business operations to run in the new environment.


Lastly, learn about the run phase, the open-ended phase after go-live. Discover how it ensures that your solution is running at peak performance. Learn how administrators can take advantage of innovations that SAP releases, for example, for the SAP S/4HANA Cloud environment.

Configuration and Deployment

Explore everything from configuration and data migration to extensibility, integration, and testing. The book also covers agile project delivery, including roles, responsibilities, and data governance. Understand how SAP Activate incorporates agile concepts into the implementation approach, and learn how they can be scaled in large organizations and projects.


Whether you’re looking at an SAP S/4HANA Cloud, on-premise SAP S/4HANA, or a hybrid implementation, the book covers details for all!


Who Is This Book For?

This book is for anyone who plans, executes, or contributes to the deployment of SAP software solutions in their own or their client organizations. Specifically, this is a useful resource for IT professionals, developers, managers, and consultants involved in such implementation processes.


About the Authors

Sven Denecken is the chief operating officer (COO) of SAP S/4HANA and head of product success.


Jan Musil is the chief product owner of SAP Activate and the owner of the SAP Activate certification exam.


Srivatsan Santhanam is the head of the SAP Concur engineering product unit at SAP Labs, India.


How to Purchase

If you’re interested in purchasing SAP Activate: Project Management for SAP S/4HANA, follow this link and choose the format that works best for you: e-book, print edition, or bundle (both e-book and print).


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SAP Activate:  Project Management for SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Cloud
SAP Activate: Project Management for SAP S/4HANA and SAP S/4HANA Cloud

Planning your SAP S/4HANA implementation project? This book has the expert guidance you need for every step of the journey! Learn about SAP Activate, including key concepts, the methodology, and supporting technologies. Understand your workstreams for configuration, data migration, extensibility, and more—then dive into deployment. Walk through the key phases and deliverables for your project, whether you’re performing a new implementation or system conversion, and see what’s possible with a two-tier ERP setup. Get ready for a successful go-live!

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