Maximize SAP’s Best Practices to Ease Prototyping and Implementation

  • by Peter Cole, Manager, Best Practice Solutions Group, Answerthink
  • July 1, 2006
Get guidelines to install Best Practices for a new implementation that make optimal use of the tool. If you are already up and running, you will also learn how to add new business processes from Best Practices that will make adapting to country- or industry-specific requirements a breeze.
Key Concept
SAP’s Best Practices is a preconfigured client with master data that you can install fairly easily. You can use the processes to demonstrate functionality out-of-the-box for rapid prototyping and use them as the starting point for an implementation. Instead of starting from a blank SAP installation, you can use the sample customizing of the Best Practices to build your development, quality assurance, and production systems. Typically, small-to-medium businesses use Best Practices for implementations. The more complex the implementation is, the more you have to add and change by customizing. You can use the business scenario documentation, including customizing documentation, without installing the Best Practices. Many of the business scenarios are recorded with SAP Tutor, so you can step through them offline.
SAP’s Best Practices is one of SAP’s core tools to achieve fast implementations. The country- and industry-specific processes lend themselves to rapid prototyping and use as a baseline for lower-complexity implementations.

During a recent client implementation in Brazil, for example, even though we could not use the Best Practices customizing directly in this instance, my team and I were able to avoid agonizing over each detail of Brazil’s complex tax/logistics requirements with a comprehensive guide gleaned from Best Practices. In many cases you can copy and tweak the customizing itself.

I will provide you with an introduction to SAP Best Practices, hands-on advice from the installation, and tips for further utilization. You can find the detailed process descriptions about SAP Best Practices in the documentation on the Best Practices DVD.

Peter Cole

Peter Cole currently works in the Best Practice Solutions Group at Answerthink. He has 10 years of experience as a project manager and a senior consultant for SAP R/3 logistic modules in mostly international projects in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and high-tech industries in Germany and the US. Peter’s process focus has been on the supply chain, in particular PP, PP-PI, and QM with a background in Basis and programming. He participated in the development and testing of the preconfigured client for the chemical industry and has worked on several implementations using SAP’s Best Practices and All-in-One solutions.

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