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.