The run on SAP S/4HANA seems to have gathered momentum in the last few months. According to the SAPPHIRE NOW 2016 keynote of Robert Enslin, President, SAP Global Customer Operations SAP America Inc, SAP S/4HANA is the fastest selling product at SAP! And, companies of all sizes are already digitally transforming their business on SAP S/4HANA. So the question is: “Is your organization already one of these early adopters or one of the majority of SAP customers, who are currently thinking about when and how to take this step?” Congratulations if you have already successfully migrated and are benefiting from SAP S/4HANA. But never mind if you are not among the frontrunners. The migration to SAP S/4HANA is something that has to be taken and planned seriously. Not because of serious technical or functional concerns. As Rob Enslin said, it is a top priority for SAP to guide customers to their digital destination.
The crucial point is that SAP S/4 HANA really is disruptive – in a positive sense if utilized wisely. However, it causes challenges and change at all levels and across the entire organization! This is at least what Fujitsu experts in SAP solutions experienced in S/4HANA projects. The migration to SAP S/4HANA requires you to scrutinize the entire IT infrastructure. Flexible service models for example may play an increasingly important role during the transformation phase and also in the long term. Among other things a new sourcing strategy needs to be considered. And even more importantly, companies should rethink their business processes from scratch, because live business insight enabled by SAP S/4HANA provides the basis for real business innovation. This aspect, however, is not mainly a challenge for the IT department, but primarily for the organization’s management, for specialist departments and the CIO, who may act as a smart orchestrator of this important initiative. A jointly agreed master plan which defines the new medium and long-term strategy may help to provide transparency for all involved parties, keep the project on track and ensure that expected outcomes become reality.
So, if you plan to “run” towards SAP S/4HANA, we recommend that you find the ideal pace for your organization and that you run together as a team. And besides, to stay with the sports image, an “external coach” can often serve as an essential piece of the puzzle towards ensuring success.
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