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.

Accelerate SAP S/4HANA and SAP Business Suite integrations using SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite.

Accelerate SAP S/4HANA and SAP Business Suite integrations using SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite.

In this August edition, of INDUS Cloud Platform Special Interest group we had Arti Gopalan (SAP product manager) share about how you can Accelerate SAP S/4HANA & SAP Business Suite integrations using SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite.

You can watch the replay of the session below:

You can download the slides used in the session from here.

The three key messages delivered as part of this session are:

  1. Integration is the key to intelligent enterprise journey 
  2. SAP provides you with the enterprise-grade integration capabilities that support your integration needs.
  3. Future proofing your integration strategy and the way forward from SAP PI/PO customers.

Digitalization has become the key to being adept in businesses. Organizations that are looking to build connected experiences, achieve greater flexibility, and construct new innovations at scale need to consider integrations at the beginning of their digital transformation projects.  

SAP Cloud Platform Integration Suite provides our customers with capabilities and support that simplifies and accelerates enterprise integration requirements. This is done by delivering:

  1. 1500+ out-of-the-box, prepackaged integration content addressing SAP to SAP, non-SAP and and e-government application integration usecases.
  2. Simplified connectivity and seamless integration with 160+ non-SAP SaaS applications using the open connectors
  1. Govern and provide secure access to data and processes using the API management capabilities.
  2. Machine learning driven assisted implementation that considerably reduces implementation time.

For our SAP Process Integration/Process Orchestration (PI/PO) we have shared a strategy paper on how to Future-Proof Your Integration Strategy (SAPinsider Article). Do read this blog by Harsh Jegadeesan who is the head of Product Management for Integration Platform to understand the rationale and way forward for our customers. We recommend the following 3 actions to protect your existing integrations:

  1. Upgrade to SAP NetWeaver 7.5
  2. Build New Agile Integrations with Integration Suite
  3. Move Existing Integration Scenarios to Integration Suite

Here are few links that will be useful for you to draw your integration strategy:

  1. Integration Strategy Whitepaper with roadmap from SAP´s CEO.
  2. Integration Assessment tool
  3. CIO Guide I: SAP Vision for Integrating SAP Applications in Cloud and Hybrid
  4. CIO Guide II: Process and Data Integration in Hybrid Landscapes
  5. Integration Strategy Advisor Methodology
  6. Future-Proof Your Integration Strategy

For implementors, the following links will be useful for you to get started:

  1. SAP API Business Hub (explore available Business Processes, APIs, Events, Integration contents, open connectors to Non-SAP applications)
  2. Discovery Center missions
    1. Integration Suite onboarding mission
    2. Getting started with API Management
    3. Getting started with Open Connectors
  3. Integration Flow Design Guidelines for SAP Cloud Platform Integration
  4. Integration Suite Community