Accelerated SAP (ASAP) Methodology In SAP - In Simple Words - 1.


Submitted By: Shilpa Gunjan
Organization: LnT Infotech



Accelerated SAP (ASAP) is SAP's standard implementation methodology. This methodology developed by SAP explains steps and procedures to follow for successful implementation of SAP in Companies.


ASAP methodology's purpose is to help design SAP implementation in the most efficient manner possible. Its goal is to effectively optimize time, people, quality and other resources, using a proven methodology to implementation.


ASAP focuses on tools and training, wrapped up in a five-phase process oriented road map for guiding implementation.


The six phases of the ASAP implementation roadmap cover the entire lifecycle of the project from Preparation through the Run phase.

  1. Project Preparation: Project formally initiated and planning commenced.
  2. Business Blueprint: Requirements gathered and conceptual design conducted.
  3. Realization: Solution built and the integration tested.
  4. Final Preparation: End-users trained and solution confirmed for cutover.
  5. Go-Live and Support: Solution confirmed and ongoing support operational.
  6. Run: Operability of the solution ensured.






PROJECT PREPARTION:

During this phase, the team goes through initial planning and preparation for SAP project.


Project preparation phase initiates with a retrieval of information and resources. It is an important time to assemble the necessary components for the implementation. Some important milestones that need to be accomplished for phase 1 include

  • Obtaining senior-level management/stakeholder support
  • Identifying clear project objectives
  • Architect an efficient decision-making process
  • Creating an environment suitable for change and re-engineering
  • Building a qualified and capable project team.




BUSINESS BLUEPRINT:

The purpose of this phase is to achieve a common understanding of how the company intends to run SAP to support their business.


Also to refine the original project goals and objectives and revise the overall project schedule in this phase. The result is the Business Blueprint, a detailed documentation of the results gathered during requirements workshops (Module Wise).


SAP has defined a business blueprint phase to help extract pertinent information about your company that is necessary for implementation. These blueprints are in the form of questionnaires that are designed to probe for information that uncovers how your company does business. As such, they also serve to document the implementation.


Each business blueprint document essentially outlines your future business processes and business requirements.


Questionaries' can be saved under two nodes:
  • Accelerated SAP question and answer database: The question and answer database (QADB) is a simple tool designed to facilitate the creation and maintenance of the business blueprint. This database stores the questions and the answers and serves as the heart of your blue print. Customers are provided with a customer input template for each application that collects the data.

  • Issues database: Another tool used in the blueprinting phase is the issues database. This database stores any open concerns and pending issues that relate to the implementation. Centrally storing this information assists in gathering and then managing issues to resolution, so that important matters do not fall through the cracks.


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