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SAP Sets the Pace

Adopt Innovations Faster with SAP Best Practices

by Marian Harris | SAPinsider, Volume 16, Issue 4

October 9, 2015

With enterprise software evolving constantly, it is important to ensure you are implementing new solutions and upgrades in the most effective and efficient manner possible. SAP Best Practices, a packaged solution deployment approach, provides the tools and guidance needed to keep pace in today's changing market.


Enterprise software is quickly changing, and so is the way it is being deployed. In the past, ERP solutions were considered complex and expensive to implement. SAP, however, offers a variety of deployment options that now allow companies of all sizes to benefit from innovative technology.

SAP Best Practices is a packaged solution deployment approach that combines best practices for business processes and technical designs into flexible templates that can be rapidly activated in SAP systems. Companies can benefit from proven processes using the detailed guides, deployable configuration, and expert documentation that make up SAP Best Practices. Customers can download these packages for free from the SAP Service Marketplace and can find further tailored support from SAP and partners.

Proven Benefits and Acceleration

As technology innovations such as in-memory, cloud, and mobile have grown the SAP solution portfolio at a breakneck speed, packaged solutions have kept pace to simplify the deployment of these new capabilities. In an ongoing survey conducted by SAP on the use of packaged SAP Best Practices and SAP Rapid Deployment solutions, more than 750 users from SAP customer and consultant organizations shared their insight on the benefit and value gained by leveraging the packages for both core SAP solutions and new innovation deployments. While 48% of the respondents largely used SAP ERP packages, 62% also leveraged innovation packages such as cloud integration, SAP HANA, and user experience.

Survey responses indicated that SAP Best Practices and SAP Rapid Deployment solutions are leveraged for all implementation scenarios, accelerating time to value and providing tangible benefits such as lower costs, decreased effort, and accelerated timelines (see Figure 1).


Figure 1: Companies are saving money, effort, and time with SAP Best Practices and SAP Rapid Deployment solutions

Embedded in SAP S/4HANA

With SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA), SAP applications have made a major leap forward. The same can be said for deployment approaches, as SAP has developed a new methodology for SAP S/4HANA called SAP Activate. This consumption experience embeds the content, benefits, and lessons learned from more than 15 years of packaged SAP Best Practices with a methodology for innovation adoption, allowing companies to pursue implementations, enhancements, and upgrades with more agility and speed.

Get SAP Best Practices Today

Whether you are looking to apply new innovations in your existing environment or explore moving to a new one, SAP Best Practices can help optimize an implementation or upgrade. To compare your needs with prescribed process flows and designs, and download them for free, visit

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Marian Harris
Marian Harris

Marian Harris is a Director in the SAP Scale, Enablement, and Transformation team, focusing on simplifying the deployment of SAP’s innovations in the cloud or on-premise with packaged SAP Best Practices solutions. After working at an SAP customer, Marian joined SAP in 1999.

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