Are You Ready for SAP S/4HANA?

May 28, 2015

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Moving and changing systems is a herculean task for any organization. But if you are a global, distributed company with thousands of customers and employees, this type of change may seem nearly impossible. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to effect a changeover, not just the technology. When you consider making a change, take time to evaluate the following three considerations:

  • What are the business benefits we will gain from making this change?
  • Where is my company in terms of maturity to be able to make this change?
  • What are the steps we need to take to measure and manage both the change the results afterwards?

If you apply this to an anticipated change to S/4HANA, here are some tips to help you evaluate, navigate and achieve success in reaching your business goals:

Benefits of Moving to S/4HANA

If you are on an older version of SAP ECC, you will eventually need to upgrade.

There are always technology cycles that regularly give you options to run faster, smarter and at less cost. This cycle also concludes lifetimes for software versions. In the case of SAP ECC, versions older than ECC v.6 are going to be facing that end-of-support scenario, where a decision will be forced upon businesses to either upgrade or make a change. In addition, large, global businesses need to be compliant on many levels, and one of them is Unicode-compliancy. If SAP drops support for your version of ECC, and your organization has already invested in SAP and has knowledge and expertise in SAP solutions, it makes sense to upgrade. However, it is also smart to think about which version to upgrade to – and in this case, S/4HANA’s modern approach to efficient business processes will help you jumpstart your ability to address complexities in today’s information management.

If you want to minimize cycle time to complete tasks, i.e., reduce cost of doing business.

The tenets of S/4HANA include a simpler approach to running the same business processes that previous SAP versions ran. It reduces the amount of user and system time to drive the same dependable results. And in simplifying tasks, it also reduces the cost inherent in cycle time to reach results from inputs and to deliver reliable reporting.

If you want to step up into a modern, efficient way to manage business.

There are many considerations in how to advance the state of your systems and approach to be more efficient, more reactive and more fluid in addressing changing business conditions. One advancement that has added many options for modernizing business is the entry of cloud-based systems and solutions, giving you the flexibility and growth that are difficult to achieve in on-premise scenarios. However, in most cases, businesses want the option to run both on-premise and cloud solutions, at their choice, to be most efficient. This allows them to take advantage of both environments and gives them some runway to move into new platforms at a pace that makes sense for the organization. One of the advantages of S/4HANA is its support for both on-premise and cloud environments, which minimizes the time and cost for training, user adoption and system support.

If you want to be on the cutting edge of technology innovation.

For those businesses that look forward to technology innovation and want to be early leaders in adopting new methods and software in SAP, the move to S/4HANA gets them on the next platform from which advanced design and applications will be delivered, such as the solutions for SimpleFinance.

So, take the next step and start to think about how your business will benefit from SAP HANA and S/4HANA.  For more details on SAP solutions, check out SAP’s informative sessions that were recorded at its recent SAPPHIRE NOW annual conference.

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