Why business leaders should care about migrating to SAP S/4HANA ?
Benefits and challenges of SAP S/4HANA migration
Engaging a certified partner for performing SAP S/4HANA migration will help you achieve the desired business outcomes.
SAP S/4HANA migration approaches
Organizations that move their ERP to S/4HANA can complete their migration process by choosing any of the four methods: Greenfield, brownfield, RISE with SAP, and landscape transformation.
1. Greenfield Migration
If you are migrating from a legacy, non-SAP ERP system or an older version of SAP like ECC, you can implement a fresh start using the Greenfield approach. In some cases, greenfield deployment helps implement an organization’s very first ERP. This type of wholesale move is the best way to get all of S/4HANA’s advantages, such as predictive analytics, AI modeling, process automation, and real-time reporting.
2. Brownfield Migration
If you are currently using an older version of SAP and want to migrate to SAP S/4HANA while continuing to retain some legacy components, Brownfield migration is the best approach to opt for. Brownfield takes a gradual, cost-effective, less-disruptive, and risk-averse approach to using S/4HANA capabilities.
3. RISE with SAP
RISE with SAP is a subscription-based, single offering that bundles the top SAP assets to provide customers with Business-Transformation-as-a-Service. RISE with SAP can transition your current ERP data and processes to the cloud with less risk and without compromise. This approach enables you to quickly get up and running on S/4HANA Cloud and its broader ecosystem.
4. Landscape Transformation
Landscape transformation allows you to integrate various SAP ERP systems into a shared SAP S/4HANA system and migrate selective parts of your business process to S/4HANA. This approach simplifies and harmonizes your business processes. Unified master data lowers operational costs. If you have many SAP and non-SAP ERP systems and want to consolidate everything into one global SAP S/4HANA system, Landscape Transformation is the most suited approach.
How to choose the right SAP S/4HANA migration approach?
A stitch in time saves nine. A certified SAP partner helps you choose the right S/4HANA migration approach.
SAP S/4HANA cloud vs. on-premise deployment
The two important SAP S/4HANA deployment options are: on-premises and SAP S/4HANA cloud.
Partnering with a certified SAP consultant allows you to create and follow a well-crafted SAP S/4HANA cloud migration roadmap.
Business imperatives to consider when migrating to SAP S/4HANA
Best practices for accelerating SAP S/4HANA Migration
The c-suite can accelerate migration and time to value for SAP S/4HANA by establishing policies that enable digital success and innovation.
Change resilience: Set the tone for your organization and employees to become change-resilient. Help them understand how SAP S/4HANA will allow the company to quickly and easily manage software changes big and small, and evolve into a fully cognitive enterprise.
Hybrid/multicloud strategy: Adopt a hybrid or multicloud strategy that prioritizes critical workloads to become cloud-ready and facilitates optimal workload placement. One of the top benefits of a hybrid cloud is the ease of migration across public cloud and premises environments.
Save development time: Replacing cumbersome versions of SAP Business Suite with flexible SAP S/4HANA allows businesses to free up developers’ time, so they can focus on innovative products and services that will provide a competitive edge.
Planning and accountability: Ensure the availability of team members and budget when planning SAP S/4HANA implementation. Be sure all business leaders are accountable for meeting deadlines and assigning resources to the project; for example, assessing workloads, establishing governance policies, testing interfaces.
Engage a certified SAP partner: Choosing managed and professional services from certified SAP partners will ensure you achieve greater business value, faster from SAP S/4HANA migration. Engaging an SAP partner allows you to improve and optimize the performance of SAP and predictably manage IT costs.
Six steps to ensure success with SAP S/4HANA Migration
#1 Get the senior leadership on the same page
#2 Align budget and staff resources
#3 Engage a certified SAP partner
#4 Set timelines for key milestones
#5 Track your project’s progress
#6 Communicate regularly with employees
With the right SAP partner by your side, planning your step-by-step migration to S/4HANA will be like a walk in the park.
Cost and ROI considerations influencing SAP S/4HANA migration
Return on investment
Simplifying the migration to SAP S/4HANA
Our SAP experts follow a set of tried and tested practices when planning our clients’ S/4HANA migration roadmap.
SAP S/4HANA migration: Fingent’s success stories
1. Migration from legacy ERP to SAP S/4HANA
Fingent helped Sonic Biochem, a global manufacturer and supplier of processed food items, to seamlessly migrate from their legacy system to SAP S/4HANA.
2. Migration from SAP ECC 6.0 to SAP S/4HANA
Thermo Pads, a leading manufacturing firm, enhanced their sales and purchase processes and streamlined their finance models by migrating from SAP ECC 6.0 to SAP S/4HANA.
3. SAP S/4HANA implementation for improved business automation
By implementing SAP S/4HANA, a leading business in the Exploration and Production Industry achieved a process driven solution to handle day-to-day operations with less personnel intervention, reduced paperwork and enhanced preventive maintenance.