AcceleratedSAP (ASAP) is developed by theSAP AG in Walldorf as a special methodology of project management. The goal is the improved design and accelerated implementation of data warehouse projects with SAP BI or SAP R/3 systems. In the early days SAP projects were very long and complex in its realisation. Often the planned timeframe for different project steps were exceeded multiple times.1) The implementation of SAP software over all could not be delivered in time and with expected quality. This made a secured forecast and project plan nearly impossible for the companies and SAP. Projects caused higher costs and run out of budget. Finally customer dissatisfaction was the result and SAP was in danger of loosing clients. In 1995 SAP set up the first methodology for R/3 systems implementation, which was then enhanced by SAP to the first version of ASAP in 1997.2)
Now a days an optimized project management is more and more important. The main reason is the changed economic framework. Globalisation, technical improvement and increased customer demands conduct companies more often to produce and create services in form of projects.3) For an up to date and result orientated solution for this challenge SAP offers with ASAP a customer focussed service.
AcceleratedSAP (ASAP) is a project management method. ASAP provides a proven, comprehensive, repeatable and rich implementation methodology to streamline projects. It covers all steps of implementation, upgrade or strategic projects of SAP R/3 or SAP BI.4) Due to the standardisation of process work steps in a roadmap it is possible to carry over and reuse results whereby a time reduction can be achieved. In addition it is ensured by checklists that no items will get lost within course of the project. The content of the ASAP roadmap is provided by SAP to download and install on PC or to review in the WEB. It is stand alone of SAP R/3 and SAP BI available. It supports the project already in the preparation and at the project start, much earlier then the system setup. The main benefits of ASAP are :5)
The ASAP Roadmap provides the methodology for implementing and continuously optimizing your SAP BI System. It divides the implementation process into five phases and offers detailed Project Plans to assist you (in Microsoft Project format). The documentation stored at each level of the Roadmap tree structure contains recommendations on implementing your SAP BI and links to helpful tools and accelerators.
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:
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 BI. You also refine the original project goals and objectives and revise the overall project schedule in this phase.
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.
In the final preparation 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.
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.6) After those important five phases of implementation, ASAP foresees additionally the operation and run of the implemented SAP solution in a separate phase “Run SAP”.
There different tools available based on the asap methodology provided by SAP and other companies. SAP offeres the download of ASAP roadmap in the SAP market place and the ASAP methodology is part of the „SAP Solution Manager“.