A SAP Implementation has been made successful by a lot of business enterprises not just by obtaining the SAP ERP software but by following the correct methodology to achieve the business’s desired results. There are five known phases of implementing SAP and the first phase is called the Project Preparation.
The Project Preparation phase for SAP Implementation requires the business to come up with a project plan containing the foundations that will lead to a successful system implementation. In this step, crucial decisions, project goals and objectives must be defined together with the implementation scope, and the schedule of the project. Moreover, you must organize and delegate tasks; establish committees that you think will be significant in the implementation process of the business. You must also indicate the resources needed in making the implementation possible. Lastly, the plan of the budget and the sequence of the implementation must also be specified during this phase of the methodology.
When you work on your staffing for the SAP Implementation, you must also consider establishing a group of technical specialists that will be responsible for designing, addressing, supporting, and implementing the SAP ERP system.
The second phase in preparation for the SAP Implementation is the Sizing and Business Blueprinting. This phase requires you to outline the business processes and the structure of your organization when viewed in the SAP system. This is the phase where you need to bring out the output of the initial phase of the preparation and revise or improve the objectives and goals of the project including its schedule.
Identifying how the best business solution will be acquired at the cheapest possible prices is done during the second phase and this process is called the Cost of Ownership Analysis. In addition to that, this phase also requires you to come up with your plan of action for high availability requirements including your plan when a system downtime occurs.
The next step to prepare for the SAP Implementation is Realization. This phase is where you hold integration tests and settling documentation about the end user. It can also be called the Functional development phase.
The following phase is the Final Preparation. Every aspect of the entire project must be completed including major preparations, training for the end user, testing, management of the system, and the cutover phase. A cutover phase is a term used to refer to the process of changing from one system to a new one. Issues that could affect the entire operation must be solved during this phase.
The final phase for the SAP Implementation is Go Live and Support. This is the phase where all the plans made from the previous phases are implemented. Activities of phase include monitoring system transactions, support for production, and the optimization of the performance of the system.