The Key Phases Of SAP Implementation Project

SAP or Systems Applications and Products is the fully integrated software solution in data processing that helps small, medium, and large enterprises manage their business operations and involvement in decision making. SAP implementation involves the strategic approach of integrating multiple systems and processes. The implementation services are provided by a team of developers taking help from SAP implementation consultants and SAP service partners who can ensure to reduce errors, redundancies, and data loss by creating an efficient work environment for all users.

The various phases of SAP Implementation

  1. Determining objectives
  2. GAP analysis
  3. Configuring requirements
  4. Integration and testing services
  5. Precheck conditioning
  6. Going live
  7. Helpline support

Determining objectives

This is the initial phase of planning and preparing your SAP project. It starts with planning your entire project by carefully considering all necessary details and factors and moving on to selecting one of the best SAP implementation consultants or MSPs. 

After picking your SAP implementation consultant, you have to specify your scope, objectives, priorities, and requirements. This involves the collaboration of subject matter experts and business teams for modernizing operations and planning resources such as the AS-IS study and other core activities.

GAP analysis

Before the implementation process, it is vital to outline your future business processes in detail to understand how the company intends to run its business within the SAP system. There is a possibility of finding differences between your current and future business processes. 

This is known as GAP, and GAP analysis is carried out by functional consultants by documenting the gathered results in detail for ensuring smooth SAP implementation. Your SAP service partner can analyze the GAPs and change the organizational structure accordingly.

Configuring requirements

After completing the GAP analysis, your SAP service partner begins to implement the business process requirements in two work packages, namely baseline and final configuration. The baseline configuration involves the process of setting up the baseline based on the business blueprint and ensuring seamless SAP implementation. The overall process involves customizing the existing SAP package and developing new objects based on the requirements.

Integration and testing services

Core testing teams begin testing services simultaneously with migration and implementation. Various tests such as unit and integration tests need to be conducted to determine how well the implementation is advancing and ensure that the SAP systems are delivering the proper results. This integration phase involves several setups, such as starting with the migration and testing of half the current processes and is followed by testing the entire process after implementation.

Precheck conditioning

The final conditioning phase involves conducting activities required to prepare both the systems and your business employees before going live. The process depends on the earlier phases and the results obtained by the SAP implementation team. This can be considered a pre-check stage to ensure everything is set before going live.

Going live

Once everything is ready, and the final preparation is carried out, your SAP service partner migrates all the data from the pre-production environment to a live production environment. The former systems are no longer used after complete migration takes place. Frequent tests are necessary and are performed to ensure that everything is working as expected. The production support system setup is carried out, and the SAP systems need to be continuously monitored and examined for optimal performance.

Helpline support

After establishing functional SAP systems, the next phase involves assisting the clients in making relevant changes by a dedicated SAP support team. Smooth operations are carried out, and support documents are maintained.

Conclusion

By adhering to these phases in SAP implementation, you can simplify the process and reduce the total cost required to carry out the services. An effective SAP implementation team can ensure better quality management and governance. Choose the right SAP service partner and join hands with Epnovate to fulfill your SAP needs and services.

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