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How different are S4/HANA Projects from SAP ECC/R3 implementations? What about Activate vs ASAP?
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I'm an experienced SAP/ IT Applications Project Manager but still didn't have the chance to manage an S4/HANA project (Or using Activate methodology in an SAP ECC project).

Based on the radical changes brought by S4/HANA from the app POV, is it also radical the change of managing this new kind of projects? I'd also like you to share experiences using Activate Methodology (either for SAP ECC or S4 project).
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We just finished an upgrade from EEC v6 EHP 4 to EHP 8. Last year we completed a CRM upgrade with migration to HANA. We're starting to discuss our S/4HANA implementation. Based on what we've done, so far, the migration will be the biggest difference, and we'll be doing a lot of the upgrade during uptime, hoping that "near zero downtime" tools will have improved enough in the next year to keep our upgrade and validation downtime under 20 hours.

I'm working on getting approval to go to the SAP Project Management conference, in Las Vegas, in November. That is where I hope to learn more about implementing S/4HANA and using Activate.
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1 reply by German Banchio
Jul 31, 2017 12:47 PM
German Banchio
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Hi Aaron,

Thanks for your input! Please keep me posted about the learnings of that conference (if you get the approval... LOL)
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Jul 31, 2017 10:49 AM
Replying to Aaron Porter
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We just finished an upgrade from EEC v6 EHP 4 to EHP 8. Last year we completed a CRM upgrade with migration to HANA. We're starting to discuss our S/4HANA implementation. Based on what we've done, so far, the migration will be the biggest difference, and we'll be doing a lot of the upgrade during uptime, hoping that "near zero downtime" tools will have improved enough in the next year to keep our upgrade and validation downtime under 20 hours.

I'm working on getting approval to go to the SAP Project Management conference, in Las Vegas, in November. That is where I hope to learn more about implementing S/4HANA and using Activate.
Hi Aaron,

Thanks for your input! Please keep me posted about the learnings of that conference (if you get the approval... LOL)
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I've worked in S4/Hana Implementation on 2016 (one of the first project in Europe).

Our big challenge was that we were the first, then there wasn't a lot of documentation or lessons learned about the process. The biggest differences were some mandatory Z and Y programs modification and data migration.

In this kind of migrations is critical the integration tests performed by Key Users.

We didn't have the chance to work with Activate Methodology. But we have full support from SAP team during all implementation.
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1 reply by German Banchio
Jul 31, 2017 2:45 PM
German Banchio
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Mayte, thanks for your response!
My questions:
- Was it a greenfield project?
- Did you have traditional ECC consultants? Or hired SAP S4/HANA consultants?
- What was the size/ functionalities applied?
- Did you use standard waterfall ASAP methodology to implement?
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Jul 31, 2017 2:28 PM
Replying to Mayte Mata-Sivera
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I've worked in S4/Hana Implementation on 2016 (one of the first project in Europe).

Our big challenge was that we were the first, then there wasn't a lot of documentation or lessons learned about the process. The biggest differences were some mandatory Z and Y programs modification and data migration.

In this kind of migrations is critical the integration tests performed by Key Users.

We didn't have the chance to work with Activate Methodology. But we have full support from SAP team during all implementation.
Mayte, thanks for your response!
My questions:
- Was it a greenfield project?
- Did you have traditional ECC consultants? Or hired SAP S4/HANA consultants?
- What was the size/ functionalities applied?
- Did you use standard waterfall ASAP methodology to implement?
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1 reply by Mayte Mata-Sivera
Jul 31, 2017 2:54 PM
Mayte Mata-Sivera
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Here the fast answers.

- Was it a greenfield project? No

- Did you have traditional ECC consultants? Or hired SAP S4/HANA consultants? Traditional ECC consultants, they received a functional delta training from SAP. But as we were the first, we some SAP S4/HANA consultants provided by SAP, take in mind that this project was more than 2 years ago. SAP was the owner of the first knowledge. I'm super proud of participating in that project I learnt a lot.

- Did you use standard waterfall ASAP methodology to implement? Waterfall.
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Jul 31, 2017 2:45 PM
Replying to German Banchio
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Mayte, thanks for your response!
My questions:
- Was it a greenfield project?
- Did you have traditional ECC consultants? Or hired SAP S4/HANA consultants?
- What was the size/ functionalities applied?
- Did you use standard waterfall ASAP methodology to implement?
Here the fast answers.

- Was it a greenfield project? No

- Did you have traditional ECC consultants? Or hired SAP S4/HANA consultants? Traditional ECC consultants, they received a functional delta training from SAP. But as we were the first, we some SAP S4/HANA consultants provided by SAP, take in mind that this project was more than 2 years ago. SAP was the owner of the first knowledge. I'm super proud of participating in that project I learnt a lot.

- Did you use standard waterfall ASAP methodology to implement? Waterfall.

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