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The need for an SAP S/4HANA Strategy and Roadmap

The need for an SAP S/4HANA Strategy and Roadmap

Organizations face questions when to make the move to SAP S/4HANA. Get guidance on how to define your strategy including tooling that can be used.

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Many organizations are currently struggling with the question what to do with S/4HANA. Should we migrate now, or is it better to wait and realize other initiatives first? And how does this relate to our ambitions on digital transformation and possible improvements on business and IT? There are many aspects to this topic and we therefore believe a structured approach to cover all relevant aspects will highly contribute to the successful realization of your transformation. In this article we will provide guidance on defining your S/4HANA Strategy & Roadmap.


Digital transformation has an increasing impact on all of us. Driven by technologies such as Big Data, Internet of Things, Cloud, mobile, robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning there is an increasing connectivity between people, organizations and devices. Business processes will be further automated and new potential data flows will emerge, which can be used to get better insights for improved decision-making and business innovation.

Within this digital environment SAP is positioning their S/4HANA solution as the 'digital core' for the 'digital organization' or 'Intelligent Enterprise' and many organizations are currently facing the question when they should make the move to S/4HANA. Do it now or wait? And when the decision is taken to migrate, what is the scope and how can the migration be performed best? Answering these questions for your organization in a structured way, taking into account both a business and IT perspective, will highly influence the success of your migration to S/4HANA and the value it brings to your organization.

In this article we provide guidance on how to define your S/4HANA strategy including tooling that can be used along the way.

S/4HANA in a nutshell

Before diving into the S/4HANA Strategy methodology, let's have a quick look at S/4HANA. Application vendors, such as SAP, have recognized that new technology was needed to better support organizations in a digital world. SAP's answer to this is SAP HANA, a technology based on using an in-memory database and the possibilities this technology offers for a different method of storing, processing and using data in transactions and reports (OLTP and OLAP). The starting point is that data is handled much faster which benefits transactional processing (e.g. faster MRP) but also provides better insights (e.g. real-time reporting) and innovation (e.g. using IoT, machine learning). HANA was initially released in 2012 with a capability to accelerate reporting, but since then it has grown into an overall platform for the digital company including key components such SAP Fiori (new user interface), SAP Leonardo (digital innovation and business insights), S/4HANA (support for core ERP business processes) and other SAP products (integration with additional non-core processes). U downloadt het hele artikel hieronder in PDF.


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