How to evaluate the enterprise benefits of SAP S/4HANA migration

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SAP S/4HANA – the biggest launch from SAP for many years - is the newest generation of ERP offering its customers new best practices, new user experience and faster analytics than ever before. But why invest in this newer solution?  

There are many good reasons for migrating to SAP S/4HANA, not least the long list of new functions and features and Fiori apps that give users a mobile enabled experience. But identifying and documenting your pain points and challenges as well as highlighting the specific financial benefits that it will bring to different departments and users across the whole organisation is a significant exercise and one that cannot be undertaken lightly.

A successful business case needs to identify these pain points and quantify the benefits as much as possible in monetary terms.  An example of this is the increasing impact related to the end of maintenance on ERP (SAP ECC 6) by 2025. This can be quantified in terms of rising support and maintenance costs.

Build your case with more than generic information

There’s a plethora of generic information about S/4HANA and the many benefits available to all, but we go a step further. Our wealth and depth of SAP experience enables us to help you build your specific business case by really understanding the impact of a transformation, its financial benefits and the costs involved on your organisation.

Our specialised functional and technical assessments will help you identify and prioritise your business processes and determine how they will change and improve in S/4HANA. Our assessments include:

  • An analysis of the different business processes involved for on premise or cloud
  • A detailed look at your custom code management
  • Advice on number of man days needed for a migration
  • Identified and tangible financial benefits and cost savings
  • We’ll also help you identify where Fiori apps can play a key part in your processes, helping you on your digital transformation journey.

Implementing and working with Fiori is very different to previous software you may be used to, it is more user friendly and efficient to work with and offers key value to your users, but it demands a new approach.

Additional tools available

We also work closely with SAP to provide integrated complementary services into our assessments. The SAP Business Scenario Recommendation (BSR) tool helps you to review your business context, value, business drivers and gives you an indication of the relevant benefits for S/4HANA. The SAP Transformation Navigator tool can be useful if you are an existing SAP ERP customer and want to quickly drill down to the S/4HANA enhancements that are relevant to your specific business.  Further tools like SAP Value Lifecycle Manager are also available.

Getting professional advice

SAP may have made easy-to-use self-service tools available as I highlighted above but there is no substitute for professional advice when you are investing a considerable amount into new technology.

We specialise in helping our customers build complex business cases for technology implementations across their entire organisations – technology that touches logistics, finance, manufacturing, service, HR, sales and all the other areas of your business.

S/4HANA is a significant investment and should part of your bigger technology framework; you need to consider what impact it could have on your business and start your journey now.

Thinking about extending S/4HANA for your specific needs?

When you have business requirements which can’t be met in the standard S/4HANA software, we recommend you to look at SAP Cloud Platform. SAP Cloud Platform is a single Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) which helps you achieve business agility, create a truly integrated and optimized enterprise, and accelerate digital transformation across the business. As a leading Platinum SAP Partner we can work with you to leverage the power of SAP Cloud Platform by providing the full range of application development services and capabilities for your entire organisation.

How can we help?

Together we can build your business case.  Our assessments take only few days each for a technical and functional assessment, depending on your corporate landscape and technical requirements. We can also prepare cost estimates based on the technology.

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