Things you can leverage while Planning your Move to SAP S/4HANA

Things you can leverage while Planning your Move to SAP S/4HANA

With more than 14,600 SAP S/4HANA licensed customers and 7,100 SAP S/4HANA live customers, SAP S/4HANA is the fastest product adoption ever seen at SAP.

To help even more customer to move to SAP S/4HANA, the SAP S/4HANA Movement program is continuously improving SAP S/4HANA capabilities and developing ideas that accelerate the transformation process.

Furthermore, the program equips the customers with the solutions, tools, and services from SAP and its partners that ensure a secure MOVE to SAP S/4HANA.

Any move to SAP S/4HANA can be summarised in four phases.

1. Align on Vision & Strategy

This phase allows you to align on business and IT strategy, get buy-in across the organization, and set the foundation for all further steps.

Therefore, you need to explore where your industry is heading and what value SAP S/4HANA will bring to your business. With offerings such as SAP S/4HANA Move in Motion, SAP S/4HANA Simulation and the SAP S/4HANA Board Game, SAP Spotlight, and SAP S/4HANA Benchmarking Assessment, SAP makes clear the importance of the digital core and what support and benefits SAP S/4HANA brings to different industries.

You can even further increase your understanding of the value of SAP S/4HANA with additional tools provided by such as SAP S/4HANA Business Value Advisor, Innovation Discovery for SAP products and industry-specific- value discovery assets.

2. Build the Case

With a deep appreciation for the uniqueness of every customer, this step is dedicated to personalised guidance and the creation of an SAP S/4HANA transformation plan.

You can either take advantage of an expert-guided planning approach such as SAP S/4HANA Adoption Starter Engagement* or SAP S/4HANA Value Discovery Engagement or utilize the SAP planning tools SAP Readiness Check, SAP Transformation Navigator and Business Scenario Recommendations in your own timeframe to build your transformation plan on your own.

3. Plan the Path Forward

To optimize the path to SAP S/4HANA, SAP experts help you with various service and support offerings to match business objectives to possible deployment strategies {On premise, Cloud or hybrid environments} and to implementation approaches {New implementation, system conversion and selective data transition}.

Supportive assets like the SAP S/4HANA Manifesto and the Custom Code Whitepaper can support you to make fact-driven decisions and choose the deployment and implementation options that meet your specific requirements.

4. Deliver Business Value

SAP supports the implementation phase of a customer’s SAP S/4HANA project with different project methodologies, implementation services, SAP tools, and enablement offerings.

The SAP S/4HANA Movement program continues to build and improve these services and tools to help customers deliver a quick adoption & the business value for their company and push forward their future success.

Project methodologies: SAP has developed different methodologies and frameworks for both SAP and partner-led deployment projects to ensure that the implementation of SAP S/4HANA is safeguarded and value-added.

For example, the SAP Integrated Delivery Framework and SAP Advanced Deployment follow the same approach while leveraging individual strengths.

And the Partner Conversion Factories provide high-quality system conversions at a fixed price.

Implementation services: Customers want to deploy SAP S/4HANA quickly with ready-to-run, pre-configured solutions based on years of SAP expert industry and line-of-business know-how. SAP Model Company provides those services and combines them with tailorable service packages of long-term, highly accountable, and flexible safeguarding solutions that are offered by SAP Value Assurance services.

SAP tools: Reducing the cost of implementation is an area of continuous improvement. SAP invests in tools such as the Software Update Manager, ABAP Test Cockpit or SAP S/4HANA Migration Cockpit. Those tools automate essential cost-driving activities such as code adjustments, pre-configurations, and data transitions

Enablement offerings: SAP offers several SAP S/4HANA enablement services that you can leverage and , that helps you be more confident with SAP S/4HANA. Here we would like to highlight the virtual bootcamp 10 Steps to SAP S/4HANA and the visual guides SAP S/4HANA  Learning Journeys.

For further information on the four steps and the underlying solutions, tools, and services, check out the new SAP S/4HANA Movement page in the SAP Support Portal. You can also visit the official website or contact the SAP S/4HANA Movement directly via e-mail.

INDUS SAP S/4HANA Special Interest Group (SIG):

Apart from all of these, INDUS also has a special interest group (SIG) for SAP S/4HANA where we invite SAP experts and customers who have gone live with SAP S/4HANA to share their experience.

The SIG runs a WhatsApp group and also a monthly call. You can join the WhatsApp group and register for the monthly call.

Realize the Power of SAP S/4HANA with the New Guides Program

The first edition of the monthly INDUS Enterprise Support Special Interest group meeting, SAP launched the SAP Enterprise Guides program that can help you in your SAP S4HANA Project on June 30th, 2020.

You can watch the replay of the session below:

Here is a brief summary of the program, how you can participate and where to find more information to get started.

The GUIDES program is offered to accompany SAP Enterprise Support direct customers on the journey to SAP S/4HANA, it provides prescriptive and proactive SAP S/4HANA guidance in an efficient and programmatic approach for the full project life cycle.

1. What are the key new features and benefits in GUIDES?

Besides the well-known and proven SAP Enterprise Support services, assets, and SAP Enterprise Support Value Maps, the new GUIDES program will have additional innovative content and assets, which will be further enhanced and optimized in 2020. 

2. How can SAP’s GUIDES program support you?

The new GUIDES program has some key pillars, as illustrated in the below picture: 

The engagement starts with an Onboarding session, followed by delivery of selected Journey Checks. The tailored Engagement Plan builds the foundation for the collaboration between the SAP Enterprise Support Advisory and customers. 

Engagement Points are designed to be delivered throughout the project. They can be touch points between SAP Enterprise Support and customer’s project team on specific topics like the results and follow-up activities of a Continuous Quality Check service.

The well-known SAP Enterprise Support Value Maps will remain an important collaboration foundation and methodology between SAP Enterprise Support customers and SAP Enterprise Support Advisory team.

*Note: Not every Journey Check will be available at the start of GUIDES. Number of Journey Checks varies depending on deployment options and transition paths. 

3. How does an Engagement Plan of GUIDES program look like?

Let’s have a look at a high level Engagement Plan example to get detailed insights on the GUIDES program. We will share more details on these activities from PREPARE to EXPLORE phase. 

The Engagement Plan can be adjusted after each SAP Activate phase or in case of significant changes to your project planning. For instance, a first Engagement Point could be scheduled during your starting activities while you convert your sandbox, the supporting empowerment offerings and documents on how to perform this conversion would be provided. Further, a Journey Check will be provided, where typical questions with relevance to sandbox conversion and next steps will be raised. We would guide you through this exercise based on SAP’s Best Practices. 

In case there is an unplanned change in the project, an ad-hoc Engagement Point can be scheduled to align on required Engagement Plan modifications.

4. What are NEXT STEPs?

As a customer, you may ask, so when is the right time that SAP Enterprise Support direct customers can join the new GUIDES program? The ideal and recommended starting point is at the end of the SAP Activate DISCOVER Phase or at the beginning of the PREPARE phase. It is also possible to join our program at a later phase of the implementation.

So if you are already in such a phase, kindly join us through the activities below.

Register for the SAP Enterprise support Guides program via SAP Enterprise Support Advisory Council landing page.

Let SAP Enterprise Support be your guide in your SAP S/4HANA journey!

Register for the Monthly ES SIG Calls

Build a Business Case for SAP S/4HANA by playing the SAP S/4HANA Virtual Board Game

Build a Business Case for SAP S/4HANA by playing the SAP S/4HANA Virtual Board Game

In their July edition, the INDUS S/4HANA Special Interest group hosted Saurabh Chaudhri who explained in detail about the SAP S/4HANA Board game. He and his team also hosted two groups of SIG members to play the game virtually.

This game helps if

  • You struggling to grasp all the different innovations in S/4 and how it applies to their business?
  • You interested in a new and engaging way to convey the business value of S/4HANA to your business leaders?
  • You and your teams suffering from powerpoint fatigue?

SAP’s S/4HANA Solution Management team has GAMIFIED this learning process through the introduction of:

SAP S/4HANA Virtual Board Game:

SAP S/4HANA Virtual Board Game is a fun, interactive way to help you discover how SAP S/4HANA solution capabilities can add value to your business. The game can be played by business executives with a specific business objective in mind and by operational team members with curiosity to learn more about their LoB functionalities.

Apart from learning aspect, game has tangible outputs for you, which can be referenced after the game for future meetings.

You can find the recording of the session below:

You can find more information about the game as below:

We will get back to you with more information about the next session shortly.

INDUS Procurement SIG Meeting July – Intelligent Procure to Pay in SAP S/4HANA

In the July edition of their monthly meetings, INDUS Procurement Special Interest group hosted HS Shiva Kumar, where he shared the capabilities of SAP S/4HANA when it comes to the procure to Pay end-to-end processes.

This session provided a detailed overview about all intelligent capabilities available within SAP S/4HANA in the context of “End to End Procure-to-Pay process”.

In the session, Shiva also covered the different Intelligent Procure-to-Pay capabilities relevant from two different perspectives

Business Roles

  • Employee and Consulting Manager,
  • Operational Purchaser,
  • Strategic Purchaser,
  • Accounts Payable Accountant

Technologies

  • Intelligent RPA,
  • Machine Learning,
  • Conversational AI,
  • Analytics,
  • Situations Handling

He also showcased demos of these capabilities and also Introduced  pre-configured content and Best practices available for Procure-to-Pay process.

You can access the recording of the session here.

You can access the slides used in the session here.

You can also join the Procurement SIG WhatsApp Group here.