SAP Activate – the innovation adoption framework for SAP S/4HANA

What is SAP Activate

With the launch of S/4HANA, SAP has undoubtedly delivered a ground breaking next generation platform for digital transformation. But with so much talk of S/4HANA, the adoption accelerator SAP Activate deserves a share of the limelight too.

SAP Activate is a content rich and agile methodology for implementation and/or upgrade of SAP solutions across industries and customer environments. It sets out an innovative adoption framework that expedites SAP S/4HANA implementations.

Agile Methodology for a Smooth Transition to S/4HANA

In my opinion, SAP Activate is an essential and greatly anticipated refresh by SAP to incorporate agile delivery concepts in different SAP Project scenarios.

The agile methodology employs an incremental approach with much more focus on users by incorporating Scrums, Sprints for Delivery and more effective documentation while keeping the quality framework intact.

I feel the most important benefit of SAP Activate is the built-in ability to ‘fail early in order to correct the course of action’. In the previous waterfall method, a long business blueprint phase was followed by another long phase of build and test, before the solution was released for user acceptance. In many cases customers rejected the solution as it wasn’t what they expected which inevitably incurred high failure costs. With SAP Activate, this risk is eliminated as the solution is delivered incrementally and user involvement in Sprints ensures that users are in constant touch.

The Customer Journey to SAP S/4HANA using SAP Activate:

SAP Activate Methodology

The phases of SAP Activate provide support throughout the project lifecycle with value delivery and quality checks to make sure that the solution delivers the expected value.

Invenio’s adoption of SAP Activate

At Invenio, we have built our expertise on SAP Activate in two ways.
1. Our project teams are being certified through SAP courses on SAP Activate.
2. We are using the Activate methodology for SAP S/4HANA migrations for our internal SAP systems. While writing this blog, we are in the process of running multiple SAP S/4HANA implementations.

Please contact us for a personalised assessment of your SAP S/4HANA adoption journey from our experts.