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SAP Activate Methodology

Updated Aug 27, 2023

Even highly experienced project managers face numerous distinctive challenges when it comes to planning and executing multi-million dollar SAP projects. To aid in the effective coordination of resources and timelines, SAP has introduced SAP Activate Methodology - a comprehensive framework that incorporates the Activate methodology. This framework is designed to enhance the quality and success of SAP projects.

What is SAP Activate Methodology?

SAP Activate Methodology is a project-implementation methodology aimed at improving the quality and success of SAP projects, specifically those related to SAP S/4HANA. It provides a roadmap and a set of phases and activities to guide project managers through the implementation process.

SAP Activate Methodology Framework 

The SAP Activate framework is built on three pillars:

  • SAP Best Practices: These are pre-configured and ready-to-run business processes optimized for SAP S/4HANA. They help consultants and customers align their processes with industry standards and integrate their unique processes.
  • Guided Configuration: This component provides standardized configurations for SAP systems, making it easier to set up and run business processes in line with best practices.
  • SAP Activate Methodology: This is the heart of the framework, offering a structured approach to project implementation. It consists of a series of phases that guide project teams through the implementation journey.

SAP Activate Methodology Phases:

The SAP Activate Methodology consists of six phases:

  • Discover: This phase involves understanding the project's scope, objectives, and requirements. It sets the foundation for the implementation.
  • Prepare: During this phase, project managers plan the project, assemble the project team, and define the project approach.
  • Explore: The focus here is on further understanding the project requirements and exploring potential solutions.
  • Realize: In this phase, the project team designs and configures the solution based on the requirements identified in the previous phases.
  • Deploy: The solution is implemented and tested in a controlled environment before being rolled out to the production environment.
  • Run: This phase involves monitoring and maintaining the solution in the live environment, ensuring it continues to meet business needs.

Benefits of SAP Activate Methodology

The SAP Activate methodology is designed to provide several benefits, including:

  • Improved project quality and success.
  • Leveraging SAP's extensive experience and best practices.
  • Streamlined implementation process using guided configurations.
  • Adoption of an agile approach for quicker project delivery.
  • Focus on business process alignment and optimization.


SAP Activate is a comprehensive methodology that helps organizations implement complex SAP solutions, especially in the context of transitioning to SAP S/4HANA. It offers a structured approach, best practices, and guided configurations to enhance the efficiency and success of SAP projects.