The Accelerated SAP (ASAP) Methodology

I have been asked again what is ASAP (Not, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE), but ASAP in the context of a SAP implementation and roll out. The SAP ASAP methodology is a proven tool and technique for implementation of SAP, but unfortunately there are still some that resist it’s use and end up with problems and issues once live. If the methodology is followed and you have strong project management in place you will succeed. The following is just a brief overview of the phases in a project using the ASAP methodology.

The implementation of your SAP System covers the following phases:
1. Project Preparation
In this phase you plan your project and lay the foundations for successful implementation. It is at this stage that you make the strategic decisions crucial to your project:
o Define your project goals and objectives
o Clarify the scope of your implementation
o Define your project schedule, budget plan, and implementation sequence
o Establish the project organization and relevant committees and assign resources
2. Business Blueprint
In this phase you create a blueprint using the Question & Answer database (Q&Adb), which documents your enterprise’s requirements and establishes how your business processes and organizational structure are to be represented in the SAP System. You also refine the original project goals and objectives and revise the overall project schedule in this phase.
3. Realization
In this phase, you configure the requirements contained in the Business Blueprint. Baseline configuration (major scope) is followed by final configuration (remaining scope), which can consist of up to four cycles. Other key focal areas of this phase are conducting integration tests and drawing up end user documentation.
4. Final Preparation
In this phase you complete your preparations, including testing, end user training, system management, and cutover activities. You also need to resolve all open issues in this phase. At this stage you need to ensure that all the prerequisites for your system to go live have been fulfilled.
5. Go Live & Support
In this phase you move from a pre-production environment to the live system. The most important elements include setting up production support, monitoring system transactions, and optimizing overall system performance.

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