SAP S/4HANA – the biggest launch from SAP for many years – is the newest generation of ERP offering its customers new best practices, new user experience and faster analytics than ever before. But why invest in this newer solution?
If you are already using a SAP solution, you may be completely happy with the performance and stability of it. So now, you are being told to upgrade or migrate to S/4HANA, and understandably, your question is: why?
Why S/4HANA Now?
Your industry is changing, because consumers are changing, potential customers and employees belong to a fresh generation of people. They hate complexity and want all business processes to be as easy as twitter or LinkedIn feed.
Now this era is agile, hectic, censors are in everywhere, people spending their time in social networks. Consumers and customers are shopping from digital world and you need to push or inform them with the new offerings or campaigns. Information should be real time, no latency welcome any more even if it is 1 hour. That’s where SAP S/4HANA comes in.
So in this era you need a new platform, which will serve all the needs of this century. It should support Internet of Things, Big data, prediction and should be in real time. All requests should be covered really fast and mobile. In this era your platform has to be cloud base as well.
SAP is now offering a platform – S/4HANA, which is available in HANA Enterprise Cloud or on-premise.
Why you should consider moving to SAP S/4HANA?
SAP is insisting customers to move to their S/4HANA business suite, with a deadline of 2025 imposed for the end of support for the very popular on premises ECC Business Suite.
There are many good reasons for migrating to S/4HANA, not least the long list of new functions and features and Fiori apps that give users a mobile enabled experience. But identifying and documenting your pain points and challenges as well as highlighting the specific financial benefits that it will bring to different departments and users across the whole organization is a significant exercise and one that cannot be undertaken lightly.
In a nutshell, these are the top 5 reasons why you should consider moving to S/4HANA:
- Ease of Use
- Aligning Cloud and On-Premise Application Scenarios
If there was one word to sum up S/4HANA, it would be simplicity. It is the key to the changes SAP has made to its ECC application structure. It provides new productivity for businesses, reduces data volume, and has higher throughput and greater flexibility. Much of this simplicity is being driven by SAP Fiori and SAP’s latest user interface. The power of HANA is evident when your applications are running natively on this platform and benefit from greater contextual awareness and democratized data access.
This new ERP software suite makes no distinction between the database layer and the applications layer. Because of this, it allows for a much speedier processing performance. S/4HANA takes advantage of both the transaction and reporting speed already offered from SAP HANA. The reduction of cycle times needed to finish tasks now allows employees to focus on activities that will affect the business’ bottom line.
3.Ease of Use
Improved ease of use means that the interface to your ECC applications can now run in a modern, web-based format through the use of SAP’s innovative new UI, Fiori. Fiori provides a modern design for a completely reimagined user experience. SAP Fiori represents a personalized, responsive and simple user experience, regardless of device or deployment choice. This means that you benefit from a roles-based user experience across your lines of business, enterprise-wide.
Many companies are now touting Modernization, but what does that really mean? Just because a product is released today, does that make it modern?
No – it is what the product can do for you today that provide multiple future opportunities that make it modern. SAP’s S/4HANA applications give you the same ECC functionality but in a way that takes advantage of speed, context and data accessibility that wasn’t there before. In some cases, you may be forced to upgrade your system as it is on the verge of losing support. In these cases, if you are going to move anyway, why not consider a move to S/4HANA?
5.Aligning Cloud and On-Premise Application Scenarios
And for those of you who are committing to a Cloud future, S/4HANA provides the ability to easily transition from On-Premise to Cloud. This is something everyone should be prepared for, as your company may decide at any time to move all applications to the Cloud for cost-cutting reasons. The good news is that SAP has a path for you to benefit from both On-Premise and Cloud scenarios through migration and data quality solutions that can be applied in either state, or also in a hybrid state of both.
Prepare Yourself for Future Innovation
A key advantage of S/4HANA is its ability to prepare you for future innovation in the development of SAP applications. Let’s face it, technology changes really fast, and probably faster than most of us can keep up. If your system isn’t prepared to move quickly with these changes, you will be endlessly mired in “catch up” mode with your work, your competitors and your customers.
While making the decisions between sticking with a traditional SAP ERP solution or migrating to S/4HANA cannot be made easily. There is no refusing fact that S/4HANA represents a revolutionary step forward in the world of business management software. With the new and improved functionality on offer, we have no doubt that it will quickly become central to conducting business in today’s complex and radically changing environment. Finally with S/4 HANA, SAP is enabling companies to focus their core business, leave digital things to SAP.
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