Ask Me Anything – Learn and become an expert on Indirect/Digital Access of SAP Software

Ask Me Anything – Learn and become an expert on Indirect/Digital Access of SAP Software

As part of an ongoing effort to drive value for all INDUS members, we would like to bring to you a new program for your participation and benefit – Ask Me Anything. 

In this 1st Ask Me Anything session, we will cover licensing indirect or digital access of SAP software. 

We hosted Ashish Thamke– Head of License Audit and Compliance Management for SAP India sub-continent in a free flowing question and answer session. 

This was an open session where Ashish answered all the questions that were posted for him around Indirect/Digital Access of SAP software and the right way to license the use.

You can access the entire recording here.

Some of the important questions that were covered as part of the session are as below:

  1. What is the licensing impact if a customer uses a third party app for einvoicing or GST?
  2. What is the licensing impact if a customer use SAP or a third party reporting tool?
  3. What is the licensing impact if someone access SAP applications via a .NET or third party front end?
  4. Is there a tool that SAP provides, which can help identify indirect use of SAP applications?
  5. If a named user runs a batch program to create documents in SAP by consuming an XLS file (moved into SAP application directory using FTP) ?
  6. What needs to be done from a licensing perspective during mergers and demergers?
  7. What is the licensing impact on the using API interfaces with banks to create financial documents?
  8. And many more.

We are looking forward to hosting you in many more such Ask-Me-Anything sessions. 

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.

Tips for Unlocking the potential of Digital Technologies for Transformation

I had the opportunity to host Mr. Vijay Sethi (CIO, CHRO and head of CSR at the world’s largest two wheeler manufacturer – Hero Moto Corp) on a meeting and request him to share his his insights and learnings about digital transformation. He also busts some of the myths about digital transformation. If digital transformation is a topic of interest for you, I highly recommend that you watch the entire session here.  

At the end of this session, Vijay shared some tips for driving successful Digital transformation programs. You can watch him share his tips on the how to run successful digital transformation initiatives here.

  1. Don’t rush to find out consultants. They have a role to play, but much later in the process. Figure out your business strategy before you invest in anything. All investments need to bring your business strategy to life.
  2. While using outside experts, don’t forget to leverage your inside experts!
  3. Don’t get into the trap of chasing best technology! Digital transformation is not about technology at all. It is about culture. Focus on mindsets and culture of your organisation Encourage experimentation – fail fast, fail cheap and learn from mistakes (and successes).  
  4. Get C-Suite ownership (before you start anything else).
  5. Identify and Collaborate with key stakeholders. Drive digital culture into your organization’s DNA
  6. Setup the right team. Bridge the skill gap. Get people who understand IT, who have done IT and who have the passion to do IT.
  7. Focus on data analytics (from nice to have –> must have).
  8. Build early successes. As in any change process, this adds momentum to your program.
  9. Recognise and address employees’ fear of losing their jobs.
  10. Be agile in decision making.
  11. Digital transformation is not a destination, its journey and a means to an end.
  12. Digital transformation will not solve all your business problems. However, it can significantly help enhance customer experience, reduce costs, improve efficiencies, improve quality and
  13. Digital transformation is not an option today. It is a necessity.
  14. Digital transformation is about reimagining your business.
  15. Digital transformation is not easy. It is “Change” multiplied and amplified by technologies.

In the same session, he also busted 9 myths about digital transformation. You can read the same and watch the video here.

If you would like to watch his entire session, you can do so here.