Recent discussions with SAP customers have posed a number of questions about SAP S/4HANA: What are the differences between the varieties of S/4 HANA? Do I need to re-implement SAP? Do I have to do everything in the cloud? Do I have to re-write all of my code? Will S/4 resolve my reporting problems that I currently have in my ECC system? To answer such questions I rallied my team and created a series of short films. You can view them here. However, in order for me to go into greater depth, I have asked for a presentation within the agenda at the #itelli2018 conference on Wednesday 23rd May.
My presentation is entitled “Your S/4HANA journey with itelligence.” I really want to embrace the concept of a roadmap as strategically important for SAP customers embarking on their S/4 journeys. After all, each journey will be very different. Adopting a roadmap that supports and underpins the business case for the transition to S/4HANA enables clarity of conversation within the customer organisation and with your partner, and facilitates internal and importantly executive understanding of the journey’s objectives. The approach from itelligence promotes collaborative engagement for the requirements of the business case including identifying quantitative and qualitative value markers, formulating budgets and achievable timelines; whether the decision on transition to S/4HANA is through new implementation or a system conversion.
When itelligence initially started conversations with our customers on journey to S/4HANA we were predominantly discussing new implementations, today we see the growing need for a frictionless system conversion approach to transition. Our engagement model ensures effective communication as to the difference between a system conversion, a new implementation or whether a landscape transformation is required. From an itelligence perspective, when we engaged in discovery for a new implementation, the approach is very different to that of a system conversion. This is because a system conversion is used with a ‘factory approach’ that is repeatable. As a result, the system conversion project culminates in a lower overall cost with multiple or clustered system conversions able to be conducted at any one time. A new implementation, on the other hand, will focus on a single dedicated project team.
During my presentation, I will also discuss how we wrap up a system conversion with the preparatory steps to starting an S/4HANA project through the optional conversion study prior to technical conversion, and how work packages mapped to lines of business such as finance or logistics support the accelerated adoption of S/4HANA capabilities. I will explain the ‘journey view’, rather than making statements about what you should be doing, and discuss our considered approach that suits the needs of the business in order to make the adoption of S/4HANA a reality.
#itelli2018 is being held on Wednesday 23rd May at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, London. #itelli2018 will bring the SAP community together and provide expert guidance with customer-led insight to explain why and how organisations are adopting new disruptive SAP technologies in the pursuit of digital transformation. Showcasing the latest SAP applications and SAP analytics innovations. There will be multiple sessions comprising of 6 streams including customer presentations, interactive areas, hands-on zones, live demonstrations, expert advice in the consultant’s corner, plus the SAP Digital Boardroom! You can view the full agenda and register here.
Director of Transformation & Innovation