How can you transform your business into an intelligent enterprise? With SAP S/4HANA you will take a significant step towards intelligent automation.
SAP S/4HANA uses a simplified data model and leverages on latest technologies such as machine learning, blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT). SAP S/4HANA is at the core of the intelligent enterprise and helps you to unlock new business value.
But how do you get there?
There are 3 steps:
1. Build your case.
2. Consider your options
3. Start your future
Let’s explore this in more detail:
1. Build your case
Before embarking on SAP S/4HANA you will need to have a solid business case. Why should you invest in S/4HANA? What is the cost to be considered? What are the potential business benefits and the return on your investment?
Forrester has done the research, stating that the 3-year ROI of an SAP S/4HANA implementation is about 134%, and delivers a 13 months payback time – which is impressive!
Those numbers deviate from customer to customer, but there are tangible business benefits to be achieved.
As each case is different, you would have to look into your business processes as a starting point, which :
- Business processes are currently supported by SAP ECC?
- Are they manual?
- Are they supported by other systems?
Then, you can map those against business scenario recommendations as they are supported by SAP S/4HANA.
SAP Business Scenario Recommendations Report showing All Transactions Impacted by SAP S/4HANA
Example of Recommendations for Improvements Within the Finance Line of Business
Those business scenario recommendations are an assessment of your current environment and a comparison to what is possible within S/4HANA. Such an assessment is usually done with your consulting partner, and you can contact us to help you find out more how to go about this.
Another very interesting read is our Ultimate S/4HANA Upgrade Cheat Sheet, which you can use as a first guideline on whether this assessment might make sense for you.
2. Consider Your Options for SAP S/4HANA Movement
Now that you have decided to go forward with SAP S/4HANA, one of the major considerations is how to go about it.
As a first step, we would help you with an SAP S/4HANA Readiness Check, using the tool from SAP to find out the current status and considerations for actions:
We work together with you using the SAP Readiness Check tool for SAP S/4HANA to check aspects of your implementation of the existing SAP ERP application, version 6.x.
Hence, you can gain the confidence to go forward with your migration to SAP S/4HANA. We analyze and determine:
- Analyze the usage and the configuration data of your existing production and development systems
- Determine conversion compatibility and identify the steps necessary for the preparation of a migration or a potential greenfield approach
Notably, the SAP readiness check is a great tool to give you insight on where you stand, and what is required for an upgrade to S/4HANA. The results are presented in an interactive dashboard. Thus, you can drill in to get more details on each of the resulting tiles:
WATCH to learn more about SAP Readiness Check live from the annual DSAG Congress in 2019:
If you want to find out more about the key features in the SAP S/4HANA Readiness check, you can download the overview presentation of the latest version of the tool here.
After our assessment, you will be able to answer questions such as:
- Can we just perform a technical upgrade and unlock additional value later?
- How difficult and complex will migration be, and how long would it take, given our unique circumstances?
- Should upgrade, or simply re-implement?
The other question to consider is how you want your SAP S/4HANA system to be deployed? On-premise, in the cloud, or as a hybrid deployment.
Most of our customers moving to SAP S/4HANA tend to lean towards a cloud deployment in either our data centre or using a hyperscaler such as AWS. However, should you prefer an on-premise solution? This is achievable!
In either case, we will work together with you to identify the various deployment options. Moreover, we will look at cost implications and help you evaluate what works best for you.
3. Start Your Future with SAP S/4HANA
Well, this is probably the easiest part – just contact us and start a conversation. We will work with you to assess the:
- Duration to migrate or start with SAP S/4HANA
- Return on your investment (ROI).
So, let’s discuss and evaluate your options for deployment. Furthermore, we will assist you to make the best use of your existing SAP licenses.