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The journey to becoming an intelligent, sustainable enterprise

Paul Smitherman |

SAP’s vision of the intelligent enterprise is becoming more advanced than ever and integrated with sustainability goals for zero waste, emissions, and inequality. But becoming an intelligent, sustainable enterprise is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. It involves bringing together the human experience with your business functions and value chains by applying the latest IT and best practices that will help you achieve success and manage your environmental impact.

SAP’s evolving range of solutions will help your business become more intelligent and sustainable, from the apps and products that run on SAP S/4HANA, through to SAP Ariba and SAP SuccessFactors. And SAP Business Technology Platform (BTP) which lets you run a portfolio of apps, services, intelligent technologies, tools and analytics to deliver enhanced data-driven insights and automated processes.

What does this mean for the customer to go to the Intelligent Enterprise?

There are many routes to becoming an intelligent enterprise. But at SOA People we are typically experiencing two main trends:

ERP route: At the heart of most mid-sized customer organisations is the ERP landscape. Customers who’ve been on SAP ECC for years are now looking to migrate to SAP S/4HANA to maximise new technology innovations as a way to improve their business processes. They will probably also be looking to SAP BTP for integration, extensions and to create optimal value from their SAP and non-SAP data assets.

Of course, when SAP ECC was first around it was the very latest technology, and organisations who implemented it were deemed to be ‘ahead of the curve’. Fast forward 20 years, implementing SAP S/4HANA is not simply about staying ahead of the game but simply about keeping up with the faster-than-ever pace of technological advancement. SAP S/4HANA running on HANA gives you best practice and embedded intelligent technologies like machine learning, AI and RPA.

SAP BTP route: Customers that are looking to implement processes that are unique to their business into SAP standardised solutions are deploying SAP Business Technology Platform. BTP provides a single cloud or hybrid platform to build, manage and deploy apps, and gives you extension capabilities for SAP and third-party data and apps. This technology platform supports a broad range of business use cases, but the most common ones we see are related to extending SAP S/4HANA (or ECC 6.0) with more web-based (SAP Fiori) apps, portals for vendors and customers, integration with SAP and non-SAP systems and advanced analytics.

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Timing and planning are key

Ultimately most customers will be adopting a combination of these technologies, migrating to SAP S/4HANA for their intelligent ERP and to SAP BTP to gain real time access on one platform for their data assets across multiple sources.

At SOA People we’re helping our customers to make this pragmatic and concrete journey to becoming an intelligent, sustainable enterprise. There are a number of different entry points, depending on the size of your organisation and your specific goals to achieve your desired business outcomes. To assist in the decision-making process, we offer digital transformation workshops, particularly useful for customers with high level global questions, and technical and functional assessments to help you steer your planning, as well as our package solutions which will accelerate implementation.

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