Why You Should Consider an SAP Sandbox System

Remember when you were a small child and the sandbox could become a battleground, or a bakery, or just a place to bury your toes? You could do anything there, use your imagination to create monsters or mountains. And, once you were tired of that particular game, you could flatten out the sand and start all over with building an entirely different kingdom.


The SAP Sandbox System is similar in that it provides you with a space to experiment with any kind of data or scenario you want. In the SAP Landscape, there are three divisions: Development, Quality, and Production. SAP Sandboxes are part of the development section. It’s the best venue for exploring your imagination through trial and error without and real-world consequences. Because it’s isolated from other systems, data, or clients, it allows for complete freedom without fear. Basically, it’s a playground for consultants.



The SAP Sandbox System can be used for any exploration, really. Think of it like scrap paper that you can scribble code on, or sketch out a sample configuration application on. Then work through whether or not it functions the way you think it should. Your company might use SAP Sandboxes for research and development, for testing different distribution systems, or for recalibrating client databases. It can really answer any need (almost like Hogwart’s Room of Requirement). Generally, it is used for testing before implementation of any changes or enhancements. Obviously, it is crucial for good business practice to anticipate all possible implications of a new development, an SAP Sandbox lets you do just that.



Just as someone’s greatest strength is also their greatest weakness, SAP Sandbox System’s isolation from all other systems and applications can make things difficult. Whatever configurations or developments are done in Sandbox cannot be transported out of it easily. It doesn’t affect other servers or clients, which is absolutely wonderful, until you want it to affect other servers or clients. So whatever discoveries or enhancements you come to appreciate in a Sandbox will need to be manually recreated in the environment that you intend them for (or manually exported and imported).



There are various ways you can access an SAP Sandbox System, depending on the type of system or access type you are seeking. The best way to go about determining your point of access is to clarify what your system really needs. For instance, you may require a system for SAP BW, SAP ECC or an SAP Solution Manager System. If in doubt, check with the experts at 1st Basis who can make sure that your SAP Sandbox System is the one you need to quickly and easily deploy and explore the value and benefits of using SAP to their fullest.


An SAP Sandbox System can allow your SAP System consultants to really optimize the landscape for your business needs. With the freedom to explore how different scenarios play out, how different components interact, or how databases respond to various factors, SAP Sandbox can provide you with information that gives you the edge on your competition. 1st Basis can install and host an SAP Sandbox system for you for the period of time you need it. No long-term contracts and not high-priced hosting fees.


SAP IDES: The Perfect Steppingstone to SAP Mastery

IDES stands for “Internet Demonstration and Evaluation System” and in the SAP R/3 world it represents a model company. Using IDES, you can do training that will increase your knowledge and competence with SAP. In the newer S/4HANA IDES System, SAP offers Model Companies that offer the same training advantages, and also gives you the option to use them as templates to accelerate implementation and development. This blogpost examines SAP IDES and Model Companies and how they can help your business maximize SAP systems.


SAP IDES – What Is It

SAP IDES is a theoretical company running SAP, an international organization with subsidiaries throughout the world. It demonstrates how real-world business processes and scenarios would play out. It includes application data for a number of different possibilities, all of which can be run in the SAP system. IDES is designed for the amateur; it will walk you through different scenarios, showing you how the SAP R/3 System works and how it enhances your best practices. Basically, it is an educational system for SAP users who want to become more proficient and use the SAP R/3 System to its fullest. Many of the demonstrations and exercises used by SAP for the R/3 System training program are based on IDES data. IDES is the perfect complement to the SAP training program.


SAP IDES – What It Covers

IDES includes logistics, finances and accounting, as well as human resources. It can develop your skills in product cost planning, overhead management, profitability analysis, and planning. It can show you how best to deploy your sales and distribution resources, materials management, and production efficiency. It shows how the R/3 System is able to support a variety of industries, from boutique single-item production to engineering-to-order to repetitive manufacturing. IDES is not based around a particular kind of company though; it is the processes and practice-oriented data that are common to them all. The IDES group manufactures products as diverse as escalators, automobiles, and concrete.


SAP IDES – Subgroups by Geography

IDES has four subgroups based on geography; European, Asian, Latin American, and North American. There are two IDES model companies in the North American sector. Each of these model companies has its own clearly defined business objectives and is organized according to local business practices and legal requirements. Accounting and human resources for each individual company have been adapted to meet the particular business objectives. The American companies produce goods, carry out purchases, and engage in sales activities. They have also been set up to use flexible, standard, costing. The data and built-in best practices incorporate various U.S. legal requirements as well.


Model Companies

Since SAP S/4HANA, SAP has offered Model Companies, taking the IDES package a bit further. These Model Companies give the client pre-packaged, ready-to-use end to end solutions. The Model Company combines best practices with those solutions and includes data packages that deliver relevant outcomes. These Model Companies do more than offer training opportunities; they offer real-world applications. The include versions covering 17 industries and 12 Lines of Business (LoBs). They are available as ready-to-run and as assemble-to-order. You can also decide on pre-packaged applications, configurations, and sample data. All of this means accelerated implementation, and therefore increased efficiency and productivity.


SAP IDES gives you the chance to really exploit the capabilities of your SAP system. With the Model Companies, you can even have a template to bring your organization into the digitized, integrated future – which is now. 1st Basis offers hosting and support of IDES system at a lower cost than the cloud.