Why Implement Your SAP S/4HANA System with SAP Activate?

2 min readNov 2, 2023


Are you planning to implement SAP S/4HANA? Well, we’ve got you covered! In this article, we’ll talk about SAP Activate, a methodology that helps businesses perform SAP S/4HANA implementations.

SAP S/4HANA is an integrated ERP solution that runs on SAP HANA, an in-memory database. It offers a wide range of capabilities to help organizations streamline their business processes. Some of these capabilities include enhanced financials and improved supply chain operations.

Now, let’s talk about SAP Activate. It’s a methodology introduced by SAP in 2015 to guide users through their system transformation. It can be used for deploying SAP S/4HANA, SAP Business Suite, and other solutions.

SAP Activate consists of three key components: ready-to-run business processes, a guided methodology, and tools for adoption and extensibility. Its goal is to simplify the implementation process and help users build strong landscapes.

The methodology is divided into six essential phases: discover, prepare, explore, realize, deploy, and run. Each phase plays a crucial role in ensuring a quality implementation and delivery throughout the project lifecycle.

During the discover phase, you define the solution’s capabilities and determine an adoption strategy. In the prepare phase, you set up the technical and application environments. The explore phase involves analyzing the fit of the solution’s standard functionality to your company’s needs.

In the realize phase, you incrementally build, test, and validate an integrated business and system environment. The deploy phase is when you set up the production environment and switch business operations to run in the new environment. Lastly, the run phase ensures that your solution is running smoothly after go-live.

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