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Manage Your SAP Projects with SAP Activate

Book Description

Explore and use the agile techniques of SAP Activate Framework in your SAP Projects.

About This Book

  • Explore the three pillars of SAP Activate and see how it works in different scenario.
  • Understand and Implement Agile and Scrum concepts in SAP Activate.
  • Get to Grisp with SAP Activate framework and manage your SAP projects effectively.

Who This Book Is For

This book is for readers who want to understand the working of SAP Activate and use it to manage SAP projects. Prior knowledge of SAP Hana is must.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the fundamentals of SAP S4/HANA.
  • Get familiar with the structure and characteristics of SAP Activate.
  • Explore the application scenarios of SAP Activate.
  • Use Agile and Scrum in SAP Projects effectively and efficiently
  • Implement your learning into a sample project to explore and understand the benefits of SAP Activate methodology.

In Detail

It has been a general observation that most SAP consultants and professionals are used to the conventional waterfall methodology. Traditionally, this method has been there for ages and we all grew up learning about it and started practicing it in real world. The evolution of agile methodology has revolutionized the way we manage our projects and businesses. SAP Activate is an innovative, next generation business suite that allows producing working deliverables straight away.

Manage your SAP Project with SAP Activate, will take your learning to the next level. The book promises to make you understand and practice the SAP Activate Framework. The focus is to take you on a journey of all the phases of SAP Activate methodology and make you understand all the phases with real time project examples. The author explains how SAP Activate methodology can be used through real-world use cases, with a comprehensive discussion on Agile and Scrum, in the context of SAP Project.

You will get familiar with SAP S4HANA which is an incredibly innovative platform for businesses which can store business data, interpret it, analyze it, process it in real time, and use it when it's needed depending upon the business requirement.

Style and approach

An easy to follow approach with concepts explained via scenarios and project examples

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
    1. What this book covers
    2. What you need for this book
    3. Who this book is for
    4. Conventions
    5. Reader feedback
    6. Customer support
      1. Downloading the color images of this book
      2. Errata
      3. Piracy
      4. Questions
  2. Introduction to SAP S/4HANA
    1. S/4HANA in a nutshell
      1. The salient features of SAP S/4HANA
    2. Existing SAP methodology - SAP ASAP 8.0 and SAP Launch
    3. The ASAP methodology
      1. The SAP Launch methodology (Implementation methodology for the cloud)
        1. Project verification Q-Gate deliverables
        2. Solution acceptance Q-Gate deliverables
      2. Readiness acceptance Q-Gate deliverables
        1. Go-live Q-Gate deliverables
      3. Q-Gates in the SAP Launch methodology
    4. Is SAP Launch agile?
    5. Introduction to SAP Activate and its three pillars
      1. Three pillars
    6. A new implementation
      1. System conversion
      2. Landscape transformation
    7. Design thinking in SAP Activate
    8. Accessing SAP Activate content
      1. Accessing via roadmap viewer
      2. Types of roadmaps
    9. Accessing via SAP Jam
    10. Summary
    11. Test yourself
  3. SAP Activate Methodology
    1. Main characteristics of the SAP Activate methodology - In cloud, on-premise, and hybrid
      1. Start with best practices
    2. Fit/gap analysis
      1. Solution validation - Workshop type A
      2. Delta design solution - Workshop type B
        1. Key components of workshop B (Delta design)
      3. Gap handling and documentation
    3. Structure and phases of SAP Activate
      1. The discover phase
      2. The prepare phase
      3. The explore phase
      4. The realize phase
      5. The deploy phase
      6. The run phase
    4. Governance framework in SAP Activate
    5. Summary
    6. Test yourself
  4. Use Case Scenario for SAP Activate
    1. SAP Activate methodology - on cloud, on-premise, and hybrid
      1. SAP Activate for cloud solution implementation (new)
        1. Prepare phase (SAP Activate for cloud solution implementation)
          1. Sales to delivery handover
          2. Project Initiation
          3. Cloud system provisioning
          4. Project kickoff
          5. Phase closure
        2. Explore phase (SAP Activate for cloud solution implementation)
          1. Customer team enablement
          2. Fit to standard analysis
          3. Configuration definition
          4. Solution extension preparation
          5. Integration prerequisite confirmation
          6. Data load preparation
          7. Phase closure
        3. Realize Phase (SAP Activate for cloud solution implementation)
          1. Project execution, monitoring, and controlling
          2. Customer team enablement (Level 2)
          3. System configuration and solution walkthrough
          4. Solution extension development and deployment
          5. Integration setup in the test system
          6. Solution test preparation and execution
          7. Data preparation and load
          8. End user training plan and execution
          9. Establish support plan
          10. Cutover and transition plan
          11. Phase closure
        4. Deploy phase (SAP Activate for cloud solution implementation)
          1. Project execution, monitoring, and controlling
          2. Production setup - switch to production
          3. Handover to support
          4. Project close and sign-off project deliverables
        5. System landscape in the S/4HANA cloud platform
      2. SAP Activate for on-premise implementation (new)
        1. Prepare phase (SAP Activate for on-premise solutions - new implementation)
          1. Project start
          2. Transition preparation
          3. Transition planning
          4. Quality Gate - prepare to explore
        2. Explore phase (SAP Activate for on-premise - solution new implementation)
          1. Activate solution
          2. Design for gaps and deltas
          3. Analytics design
          4. Legacy data migration design and plan
        3. Realize phase (SAP Activate for on-premise - solution new implementation)
          1. Data aging configuration
          2. Configuration and product enhancement
          3. Analytics configuration
          4. Cutover preparation
        4. Deploy phase (SAP Activate for on-premise - solution new implementation)
          1. End user training delivery
          2. System and technical testing
          3. Dress rehearsal (cutover)
          4. Production cutover
          5. Handover to support
          6. Project closing
    2. SAP Activate for system conversion to SAP S/4HANA
      1. Prepare phase (SAP Activate for system conversion to SAP S/4HANA)
        1. Project start
        2. Transition planning
        3. Transition preparation
      2. Explore phase (SAP Activate for system conversion to SAP S/4HANA)
        1. Custom code analysis
        2. Test strategy and plan
        3. Q-Gate explore to realize
      3. Realize phase (SAP Activate for system conversion to SAP S/4HANA)
        1. Custom code management execution
        2. Cutover preparations
        3. Product enhancement
      4. Deploy phase (SAP Activate for system conversion to SAP S/4HANA)
        1. Enablement realization
        2. Production cutover
      5. Run phase (SAP Activate for system conversion to SAP S/4HANA)
        1. Handover to support
        2. Hyper care support
        3. Project closing
    3. SAP Activate for landscape transformation
      1. Landscape transformation specific
    4. Summary
    5. Test yourself
  5. Understanding Agile and Scrum
    1. Revisiting the basic concepts of agile and scrum
    2. SAP Activate - next generation agile methodology
    3. Understanding the scrum team - roles and responsibilities
      1. Scrum user stories
    4. Using agile in larger projects
    5. Example scenarios
    6. Summary
    7. Test yourself
  6. Sample Projects
    1. Structuring the explore phase
    2. Creating a product backlog
      1. Prioritize the backlog
      2. Techniques for prioritization
      3. Using planning poker for SAP projects
    3. Story mapping for SAP projects
      1. Non-functional requirements
      2. Defining project scope
    4. Understanding estimation and planning of your projects
    5. Sprint cycles and their importance
    6. Deploy your solution
    7. Project examples
      1. Project 1 - S/4 HANA finance implementation
        1. Realized benefit
        2. Project scope
        3. Implementation approach
      2. Project 2 - Moving from legacy system to SAP SuccessFactors
        1. Realized benefit
        2. Project scope
        3. Iterative build and incremental approach
      3. Project 3 - Proof of concept for data lake
        1. Realized benefit
        2. Project scope
        3. Implementation approach
    8. Summary
    9. Test yourself