What is ERPsim?

ERPsim is a business simulation running on a live SAP S/4HANA system. Played in teams of 3 to 5, participants compete in a simulated marketplace where they strive for operational excellence and beat their competitors. Using SAP Fiori transactions, real-time analytics, and optional machine learning, players experience realistic end-to-end enterprise processes and the impacts of their decisions on business outcomes.

Effective with executive stakeholders, project teams, and end-users, ERPsim does not require any prior SAP knowledge and comes with embedded step-by-step help. Whether assessing the latest SAP solutions, planning an implementation or to motivate your teams, ERPsim helps you provide focus and alignment on your digital transformation goals.

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Description of the scenario

The distribution scenario is an experience set up in the Fiori launchpad meant to make participants understand how to use the SAP functions in the context of distributing products. You take on different tasks that are distributed between the employees, who are the team members, and move throughout the day with the goal to have the highest profit among all playing teams.

It’s suitable for a broad range of industries, the simulation showcases the latest SAP user interface, real-time analytics, and the integration of core enterprise processes: sales, marketing, forecasting, procurement, and finance. Participants can also choose to activate machine learning capabilities for decision support or role automation.

Game Style

The game can be played selling two different types of products, or skins, chosen by the instructor in charge. The two options are water bottle distribution (ERPsim Water) and cereal bars distribution (ERPsim Snacks).

Game Settings

The game can be played by up to 26 teams. It is recommended to have at least 3 people on each team so the game can be played accordingly, and with less difficulty.

It is possible to activate bots to either help one another or to add a new team to compete against.

Different Types of Characters

Ready, set, go!

To help the organization to function best, the different tasks are separated among the players. Participants are free to choose whatever role pleases them or fits them better to have an optimal understanding and relate to it more realistically. The roles don’t have to stay the same for all rounds, it’s the team’s choice to play accordingly to their strategy, or to play to learn all the different roles.



The instructor is the master of the game. Their role is to manage all teams, choose the game settings, pause whenever it is needed, and animate the whole game. This role can be fulfilled only by certified instructors and can be done by one or more people for one group, depending on the number of players. Ideally, for a group of 25 participants, one instructor is sufficient.


Your role is to set the prices to make sure they’re always profitable and keep an eye out for the inventory levels to make sure you never stock out.

How to Play

The certified instructor responsible for the event will start the game after assigning teams that will compete against each other to gain the highest profit. There should be a minimum of two teams to have at least one competitor, and the third competitor can be set as a bot, which makes three. After the teams are set, the team members will need to assign themselves designated roles to make the game go smoothly. Note that all players can still access every tile of the Fiori launchpad, so you can redistribute the roles throughout the days or rounds to try and navigate more. A good summary is available in the Jobaid, which should help with the order of things and how to use each tile.

Key Elements

There are six products to distribute in each of the skins available for the simulation. They both have predetermined original prices and come in packs of different quantities. The total market for each team is 6,000 euros which can be reached through the 3 different regions. The products are kept in stock in one warehouse that can take up to 6,000 units. Any additional 1,000 units cost the company 100 euros per day.

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