Posted by: ahmedashfaque | April 20, 2014

Project processes in SAP: ASAP methodology

For any project, the project processes include project initiation, project planning, project execution and project closure. The SAP methodology (Accelerated SAP) processes include requirement specification, blueprinting, realization, testing and go live. How these 2 sets of processes are mapped?

Before discussing further, let us first understand what is ASAP. ASAP is a methodology which uses a standard process map to implement a SAP system for a customer.

To implement SAP, you need to understand and get customer requirements. These requirements needs to be specified and formatted. The requirement specifications need to be mapped with functionality available in SAP. Once mapping is done then the functionality needs to be configured in SAP system. Once all the functionality is configured then the entire system needs to be tested. Once the system is found to be working as per customer /end user requirements then it needs to be deployed so that end users can start using it. The end user documents needs to be created so that the end users can refer it to run the deployed SAP solution. The end users also need to trained on the newly deployed SAP system.

All the tasks mentioned above can beĀ carried out in different ways. What could be best practices or the best way to carry out these tasks, Here comes ASAP. The ASAP methodology outlines how these tasks should be carried out. In ASAP model, these are the processes:

  • requirement specification: get the requirements and prepare the requirement specification
  • Blueprinting: map requirement with SAP functionality. Prepare the blueprint document with fit/gap matrix for all the requirements. If gaps are found then provide the alternatives for custom development or third party solution
  • Realization: Configure / customize the SAP system using implementation guide and do custom development where needed
  • Testing: test the configured application and ensure all the functionality is working fine.
  • Go live: Deploy the fully configured application at client site. Prepare end user guide and train end users.

These are the application specific tasks. But what about other project tasks and how they are related to these tasks?

Any project starts with Initiation phase. Here project charter, project scoping, project effort estimate, tentative project plan, project budget etc tasks are performed. Once the project initiates with all the project planning, project execution starts. During project execution, the project manager controls the project so that project execution takes place as per project plan. Once all project tasks get completed then project is closed. This is the common life cycle of all projects.

In SAP implementation projects, the ASAP processes are embed into the project processes. During project initiation, planning is done for the ASAP processes. During project execution, the ASAP processes are executed and controlled. Once ASAP processes get completed then project is closed.




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