Your ERP system is a critical component for the smooth operation of your business, and we know the decision to make a change is not taken lightly. You have legitimate concerns to address – uncertainty over total cost and lack of a supporting business case are among the top reasons some businesses are hesitating to make the move to SAP S/4HANA.
Despite all the lofty talk about digital transformation, we know that many SAP customers are looking at their ERP systems from a far more practical point of view: as a major infrastructure project, with all the associated questions and concerns.
However, no matter whether you’re looking at it as a technical upgrade or a true business transformation, your first step in considering SAP S/4HANA migration is the same. You need to get a good understanding of your current business strategy, your current operating model (current processes, organization, information, etc.) and the manner in which SAP currently supports it.
Are Current Business Processes Optimized?
Even if your business is not considering a move to SAP S/4HANA anytime soon, it’s still important to look at how well your current environment is supporting the business. It may make sense to perform a health check of your current business processes to look for opportunities to optimize and gain efficiencies.
Taking the time to uncover and correct areas where business processes are running sub-optimally can help to avoid cost overruns, inefficiencies and even lost revenue.
itelligence offers a business process optimization assessment that uses a structured methodology to provide custom business process optimization recommendations, using the actual transactional data from your systems. We can help you to identify areas to simplify as well as to improve or enhance existing business processes.
What’s your IT Strategic Roadmap?
If you’re like most IT organizations, you have business and technology requests coming in from your business community almost daily. One of the major challenges with this is figuring out how to sequence these business requests in a pragmatic way.
You’ll need to assess existing business processes and identify areas to simplify, improve and enhance. And once you’ve done that, you’ll need to take that information and build out your IT strategic roadmap.
itelligence can work with your team to develop a business case based on:
- IT alignment with the business plan and strategy
- TCO and ROI models to identify the list and sequence of priorities
- Practical recommendations based on real data from your system
- Identification of project plans for quick wins to build business support, along with a longer term roadmap
The resulting IT strategic roadmap can indicate a sequence of initiatives over time – what can be done before a move to SAP S/4HANA, when to convert, and what initiatives can be done after the conversion is completed.
Are You Ready to Consider SAP S/4HANA?
For a significant undertaking like SAP S/4HANA migration, it’s important to build a good business case that offsets the additional value of S/4HANA against the required investment and effort needed to migrate. itelligence can assist with an SAP S/4HANA Migration Workshop to help you assess your current environment and build a roadmap for moving forward.
The Digital Transformation Workshop focuses on helping business executives understand:
- Digital transformation and what it means for your business
- The SAP S/4HANA digital core and strategy
- Evolution and history of SAP products
- Deployment options for SAP S/4HANA
- A simple, risk-adverse approach to SAP S/4HANA conversion
- How to define a business case for moving to S/4HANA
Practical Steps to Prepare for SAP S/4HANA Migration
Sooner or later, your business will need to analyze the impact of SAP S/4HANA on its ERP strategy and SAP investments. Gartner’s advice in a recent Research Note* is do not wait and perform this analysis now.
To assist with your analysis, itelligence offers a framework, broken down into bite-sized pieces, to help you assess your current environment, learn more about how SAP S/4HANA will impact your business, and prepare for the transition. You can choose to start wherever it makes the most sense for your business, and build from there at your pace. Contact us for more information.
*Gartner Research Note: What Customers Need to Know When Considering a Move to S/4HANA – 2018 Update; Duy Nguyen, John Van Decker, Denis Torii; 8 October 2018
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