GSTi uses the Accelerated SAP (ASAP) methodology for SAP implementation projects. This is a proven, repeatable, and successful approach for implementing SAP solutions across industries and customer environments. It provides content, tools, and expertise from thousands of successful implementations.
The ASAP methodology is executed in five different phases.
Phase 1: Project Preparation
During this phase, the team goes through initial planning and preparation for the SAP project. In this phase, we:
- Define project goals and objectives.
- Clarify the scope of implementation.
- Define project schedule, budget plan, and implementation sequence.
- Establish the project organization and relevant committees and assign resources.
Phase 2: Business Blueprint
The purpose of this phase is to achieve a common understanding of how the company intends to run SAP to support their business. In this phase, we also refine the original project goals and objectives and revise the overall project schedule. The result is the Business Blueprint, a detailed documentation of the results gathered during requirements workshops.
Phase 3: Realization
The purpose of this phase is to implement all the business process requirements based on the Business Blueprint. The system configuration methodology is provided in two work packages —Baseline (major scope) and Final configuration (remaining scope). Other key focal areas of this phase are conducting integration tests and drawing up end-user documentation.
Phase 4: Final Preparation
The purpose of this phase is to complete the final preparation (including testing, end user training, system management and cutover activities) to finalize your readiness to go live. The Final Preparation phase also serves to resolve all critical open issues. On successful completion of this phase, you are ready to run your business in your live SAP System.
Phase 5: Go Live & Support
The purpose of this phase is to move from a project-oriented, pre-production environment to live production operation. The most important elements include setting up production support, monitoring system transactions, and optimizing overall system performance.