SAP S/4HANA – are you prepared for the transformation?

 

 

By 2027, SAP will have withdrawn support for its existing ERP software.

For many businesses, switching to S/4HANA will be inescapable. There is therefore no time to waste – you should already be shifting your ERP towards the future. There are many aspects of the switch to SAP S/4HANA that will have to be tailored to your individual business.

We can help you to make the correct decisions and exploit the opportunities this offers.

The switch to SAP S/4HANA will affect much more than just your IT – it will radiate throughout the entire organisation. There are a large number of aspects to consider, starting with an appropriate business or value case and extending to securing the company’s future.

Find out more about the challenges posed by such a fundamental transformation – click here for details on the various aspects.

 

Selected case studies

Five dimensions – that’s the transformational challenge:

1. Value case

Many companies are overwhelmed by the challenge of formulating a concrete value or business case before starting the project. The scope of the required process changes and the tangible benefits of the switch are often unclear to begin with. We can help lighten your darkness so that we take those important first steps together.

Ask the right questions!

  • What added value will the use of SAP S/4HANA bring to the various parts of the business – through multiple business models and data analytics, for example? How can you access this added value?
  • What competitive advantages will implementation of S/4HANA bring for you?
  • Is there a business case for migrating to SAP S/4HANA? How can it best be made?

2. The target vision

Switching to S/4HANA poses a vast array of questions, not just technically but in many other fields. We can help you to ensure that the right technical skills and required ownership are present right from project launch.

Together we draw up a professional, forward-looking target vision, and we reconcile this with the existing – often decentralised – processes.

Ask the right questions!

  • Do strategic business processes need to be checked against the data as part of the migration process, and adjusted in the light of new market and customer demands? What are the target processes and how can you make them more transparent?
  • If you intend to implement a degree of standardisation, how can local factors be reduced to a minimum in the new processes? In such cases, how can you use serviceability to ensure maximum efficiency?
  • How can you persuade your organisation of the objectives and benefits of the transformation? How do you combat resistance within the company – for example, to standardisation and harmonisation of processes (and hence the opportunities for shared services)?

3. Complexity

Introducing S/4HANA is a complex and resource-intensive task, which means that mastering and orchestrating the various interconnections and interfaces across the entire organisation and over a period of several years requires professional project management.

We can help you maintain oversight.

Ask the right questions!

  • How can you reduce the organisation’s fear of the complexities of migration?
  • How should you set up the interfaces such that you retain the best possible grip on the multiple dependencies?
  • What would an agile project management approach for dealing with the complexity of the task look like?
  • How can you ensure efficient prioritisation within the project and in relation to other initiatives?
  • How do you ensure that the necessary skills and resources for S/4HANA migration are available in the company over an extended period?

4. Change management

An S/4HANA project affects the entire organisation. The switch will involve changes to ways of working, to collaboration models, to roles and responsibilities. The success of the project, therefore, will be determined by how it is communicated to the company.

We will mobilise your team and keep them informed, and prepare the whole organisation for the migration.

Ask the right questions!

  • How can business IT alignment be managed successfully?
  • How do you get both the management team and the staff fully on board and secure their support for the project?
  • How can you design effective change management and communicate it successfully?

5. Organisational maturity

For S/4HANA migration to succeed, the project environment within the business is critical. The associated business transformation must therefore have a high degree of visibility at senior management level right from the start.

We can help you to set the right priorities in relation to other projects and initiatives, and to set up efficient decision paths.

Ask the right questions!

  • How can management be brought to focus on this initiative?
  • How can you guarantee effective change request management, project governance and risk management, where these are not already firmly embedded in the DNA of the company?
  • How can you empower the organisation to fully exploit the potential of SAP S/4HANA?

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