For several years already, S/4HANA has been a buzzword in SAP user organizations. Few years ago, the discussion themes were only at the level of thought, but this year, transition to S/4HANA will be reality for several enterprises. First S/4HANA transition projects have been eye openers for many decision makers. Soon it is time to make decisions also in your organization.
We decided to start a blog series where we describe the available scenarios for S/4HANA transition. We will walk through the three different transition scenarios in detail and investigate, what each scenario entails from the organizations and from their existing SAP systems.
”Many organizations wonder how to take the first steps towards the S/4HANA generation. There are several options and therefore it’s not easy to make the decision. How to transfer the current system to S/4HANA? What about the current SAP processes, do we transfer them at all? Do we want the solution to run on on-premise infrastructure, private or public cloud or perhaps in a hybrid landscape? What is the most suitable option for our organization and how can we get a grasp on all the different options?
Future business needs, existing business processes, technology and system architecture determine mostly the right choice of transition scenario. The organization must select how extensively the current processes will be kept and deliberate on the new opportunities, that the system change unleashes for the organization.
The scope and scale of the project must be understood thoroughly before making the first decision. How extensive will the project be and how it should be resourced internally? What are the risks in the project and how can we mitigate these risks? What are the things we must consider from business point of view and what are the technical prerequisites for the project execution?
One of the major factors behind the decision making is the organization’s future vision. What are the business needs that will define our future business and therefore also the solution? Further development opportunities need to be compared to select the scenario, that will benefit the business the most.
Transition to S/4HANA is not only a technical transition. It enables business digitalization, the renewal of existing business processes and the implementation of new business areas.
As our CEO Janina Luoto wrote in her previous blog, after its 1709 release, S/4HANA has for the first time more functionalities than its predecessor SAP ERP. Simulation and analytics are now embedded in to the system and artificial intelligence components are included to replace former time-consuming manual processes.”
In our next blog, we will introduce different transition scenarios in more detail and walk through, which scenarios fit best to which situations.
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