Critical to the success of any SAP implementation is the methodology used by the consultant, and the checks and controls on each phase. CIC uses SAP Solution Manager and ASAP Roadmaps . These methodologies form the basis of CIC's process-oriented project plans and implementation procedures. Click here to read about CIC's project management methods.

With all its implementation projects, unless otherwise specified, CIC provides the following services:

Business process analysis and definition

Understanding the client's current business processes.

Gap analysis

Assessing how the client's processes and the requirements of the SAP solution need to be aligned.

System installation

Installing the system on the client's premises.

Configuration and customization

Adapting the system to the client's business processes and structures.

Enhancement development

Adding additional functions to better serve the client's operations and objectives.

Business process re-engineering

Adjusting the client's existing business processes around SAP solution functionalities (depending on which solution the client will own).

Project management

Milestone audits and reality checks to ensure compliance with the scope of work, timelines and deliverable specifications. Click here for more.

On-going systems support and maintenance

Ensuring that the SAP solution, once delivered, continues to add value; supporting the client's end users after implementation.

Implementation using Solution Manager

SAP Solution Manager is part of SAP's ERP product suite, and is SAP's standard solution implementation methodology. A centralized solution management toolset, Solution Manager provides content to accelerate implementation. It manages a client's complete solutions landscape, including interfaces to non-SAP products.

Project preparation

Assessing organisational readiness, initiating the project, identifying team members and developing a high-level plan. This phase ensures that time scales and costs are identified early, preventing delays and bottlenecks later.

Business Blueprint

Understanding the client's business goals and determining the business requirements needed to support them.

Realization (simulation and validation)

Implementing and testing all business and process requirements from the Business Blueprint; two work packages provide the realization methodology: Baseline (for the major scope); Final configuration (for the remaining scope).

Final Preparation

Completing the testing, end-user training, system management and cut over activities; resolving critical open issues.

Go Live & Support

Transitioning from the project- oriented environment to live productive operation; defining procedures and methods for determining benefits.


Implementation using ASAP Roadmaps

AcceleratedSAP is a methodology for implementing and optimizing R/3 installations. The AcceleratedSAP Roadmap and Project Plan cover all the phases of an implementation. In the Roadmap, a detailed project plan is included for the implementation phases:

Project management,

Configuration of business processes,

Technical aspects,



There are four levels to the Roadmap phase, work package, activity, and task. The ASAP Roadmap follows a similar structure to Solution Manager:

Project preparation

Business Blueprint

Realization (simulation and validation)

Final preparation

Go live & support

With ASAP Roadmaps, CIC can ensure the following implementation benefits:

Focusing on essential business processes.

Accurate implementation planning through the Project Estimator and the Business Blueprint.

Assured quality and knowledge transfer

Reusable configuration results in subsequent implementation projects.

Reduced implementation costs and faster ROI.

Project Management

Equipped with proven SAP project management tools and procedures, CIC makes available to customers a rich resource of roadmaps, project accelerators, and templates for business processes, all designed to facilitate SAP implementation within the shortest possible time without sacrificing SAP's quality standards. On all projects, regardless of scope, CIC uses in-house collaboration and project programs in addition to SAP's methodologies. These include:

Formal kick-off procedures and responsibility/boundaries allocation;

Client interface and communication protocols using assigned information windows;

Web-based collaboration technologies to ensure that consultants in distributed teams have access to real time information;

Reporting tools for updating project team leaders, providing simultaneous seamless client updates;

After action reviews, consisting of regular live and web-based meetings so that results are fed into CIC's project knowledge base.

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