5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Moving to SAP S/4HANA

October 5, 2015 Enget Dang

If you are an SAP ERP user, you are in a “need to know” situation. Your R/3 and ECC systems may still be operable but the world is changing around you. Let’s take a look at the key advantages you can gain from moving to SAP’s S/4HANA solution.

In a nutshell, these are the top 5 reasons why you should consider moving to S/4HANA:

  1. Simplicity
  2. Ease of Use
  3. Modernization
  4. Preparing for Future Innovation
  5. Aligning Cloud and On-Premise Application Scenarios

Simplicity is key to the changes SAP has made to its ECC application structure. Removing many of the aggregate tables means that the processing time and ease with which your systems can respond to your transactions and queries means less time you need to spend on your application and more time you have to apply to greater strategic or organizational efforts. The power of HANA is evident when your applications are running natively on this platform and benefit from greater contextual awareness and democratized data access.

Improved Ease of Use means that the interface to your ECC applications can now run in a modern, web-based format through the use of SAP’s innovative new UI, Fiori. Fiori provides a modern design for a completely reimagined user experience. SAP Fiori represents a personalized, responsive and simple user experience, regardless of device or deployment choice. This means that you benefit from a roles-based user experience across your lines of business, enterprise-wide.

Many companies are now touting Modernization, but what does that really mean? Just because a product is released today, does that make it modern? No – it is what the product can do for you today that provides multiple future opportunities, that makes it modern.  SAP’s S/4HANA applications give you the same ECC functionality but in a way that takes advantage of speed, context and data accessibility that wasn’t there before. In some cases, you may be forced to upgrade your system as it is on the verge of losing support, or you may be required to have certain features such as Unicode. In these cases, if you are going to move anyway, why not consider a move to S/4HANA?

You should also consider Modernizing your Data, prior to implementing S/4HANA, in order to maximize the value of a change like this and to reduce the amount of time and effort you would otherwise spend on data quality after the move. It is a wise choice to address your data modernization before moving to S/4HANA, as HANA requires much less data and you will need to make some data choices prior to the move anyway.

A key advantage of S/4HANA is its ability to prepare you for future innovation in the development of SAP applications.  Let’s face it, technology changes really fast, and probably faster than most of us can keep up. If your system isn’t prepared to move quickly with these changes, you will be endlessly mired in “catch up” mode with your work, your competitors and your customers. Not a good situation.

And for those of you who are committing to a Cloud future, S/4HANA provides the ability to easily transition from On-Premise to Cloud. This is something everyone should be prepared for, as your company may decide at any time to move all applications (and possibly infrastructure) to the Cloud for cost-cutting reasons. The good news is that SAP has a path for you to benefit from both On-Premise and Cloud scenarios through migration and data quality solutions that can be applied in either state, or also in a hybrid state of both.

Need more reasons? Talk to us about how to launch your S/4HANA journey and begin to take advantage of the benefits of S/4HANA!

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