Whether you’re implementing SAP S/4HANA for the first time, migrating from outdated SAP solutions to the new HANA database, or integrating core SAP modules, applications, and external tools in one solution, navigating each step of the process without the right team in place can lead to money down the drain and a lot of wasted time.

Luckily for you, this is where our team of senior-level SAP S/4HANA consultants comes in.

Read on for a more in-depth look at the S4 HANA solution, as well as best practices to follow during S/4 HANA transformation processes, key features of the product, and where our consultants can fit in your organization.

What is SAP S/4HANA?

SAP S/4HANA is the next evolution for SAP, helping users cut operating times and improve process efficiency and preparing users for the future growth for core SAP solutions…

Unlike SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC), the new in-memory S/4HANA solution operates within the HANA database, allowing end-users to view data, access real-time analytics, and generate reports much faster than with normal application capabilities.

S/4HANA leverages intelligent enterprise resource planning (ERP) functionality and built-in connection to random-access-memory (RAM) to integrate and manage core business processes, deliver critical applications on a streamlined infrastructure, and drive digital transformation initiatives across business units.

The HANA database allows users to customize their solutions according to their needs without having to archive or purge data across the company, including sales, finance, procurement, supply chain management, and more.

Key Advantages of SAP S/4 HANA

  1. Simplified IT Management and Administration
  2. Reduced Operational Costs
  3. Improved Efficiency and Performance
  4. Scalable and Flexible Solutions
  5. Improved User Experience
  6. Innovative Integrations

Things to Consider When Implementing SAP S/4HANA Services

Building a roadmap development plan for your new S/4HANA implementation, integration, or upgrade project can get a little complicated sometimes, especially without the right tools, resources, or personnel for the job.

Here are a few key things to consider when getting started with the SAP S/4HANA solution…

New Rollouts

When making the switch to S/4HANA, there are a few best practices to keep in mind to drive business value and facilitate growth throughout the implementation process.

  • Define the scope of your implementation project
  • Manage localization across business units
  • Standardize data management processes throughout the organization
  • Outline documentation for system configuration, testing, and training
  • Acquire deeper insights by measuring advanced analytics capabilities

On-Premise vs. Cloud Versions

Determining which version of SAP S/4HANA to implement throughout your organization is another key consideration in making the most of your new solution.

  • On-Premise Edition: The on-premise version is situated on the in-memory database, and it allows customers to manage SAP data centers, applications, and servers in the same place. With on-premise solutions, customers are also given complete control over their deployment and maintenance procedures to ensure the functionality and flexibility of their system meets their needs. On-premise implementations often require a little more time, effort, and money than cloud implementations, but integrations and data transfer across the organization is generally simpler and more efficient.
  • Cloud Edition: The SAP S/4HANA Cloud is the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) version of the solution, allowing customers to take advantage of the on-premise capabilities without needing additional databases, hardware, or internal IT staff. Although the cloud version offers less flexibility and opportunities for customization, implementations are often completed more quickly than on-premise implementations. The cloud edition also allows users to scale their services up or down as needed in a cheaper, more efficient manner.

Upgrading to SAP HANA

Migrating from SAP ECC to SAP S/4HANA is no small feat, so you need to ensure you have the right tools at your disposal to manage data and change management processes in the most efficient way possible. And, when upgrading your system, it’s important to outline a well-defined conversion approach, including steps for discovery, preparation, exploration, functional realization, deployment, and maintenance

Here are some of the key advantages of SAP S/4HANA (as compared to SAP ECC)…

  • Real-time analytics and transactional processing functions in a unified digital core
  • Simplified data analysis, reconciliation, and maintenance processes
  • More intuitive, innovative business processes through improved HANA functionality
  • Modern, functional user interface in SAP Fiori
  • Choice between on-premise, cloud, or hybrid deployment approaches

Navigating Green, Blue, and Brown Field Approaches

When considering the switch to the SAP HANA database, accounting for personalized data fields, reporting functions, and other accumulated customizations across your organization is a non-negotiable. Outlining a plan to accelerate the SAP S/4HANA migration process is essential to your company’s success.

Here are the main approaches to data migration in SAP HANA…

Green Field

The Green Field approach is an out-of-the-box solution that requires little to no customization for SAP users. This approach is easier to manage on the IT front, but it requires quite a bit of change management from users to navigate a system without custom fields or lists to organize and manage data.

Brown Field

The Brown Field approach allows users to move all of their accumulated customizations from outdated SAP solutions to the HANA database with seamless connectivity and ease-of-use. This approach requires more customization work for the IT team, but it is easier for users to understand and navigate because can transfer their custom fields directly to HANA.

Blue Field

The Blue Field approach is a hybrid mix of the Green and Brown field approaches, allowing users to leverage both standardized data management capabilities and existing customizations to ensure they’re getting the most value out of their SAP system.

Our SAP HANA Consulting Services

Unlike traditional SAP implementation services, our team of senior-level SAP consultants provides a more personalized approach to implementations, integrations, and upgrades to ensure your needs are met…the first time.

Our team of senior-level, U.S. based SAP consultants not only offers the technical expertise you need to complete even the most complex S/4 HANA implementations or integrations, but we also place an emphasis on functionality to ensure you’re getting the most out of your SAP investment, no matter what.

Our S/4HANA consultants have extensive experience with all module areas within SAP, and they have helped clients in a variety of different SAP environments complete implementation, integration, and product innovation projects.

Getting Started with Us

Whether you need help rolling out your new S/4HANA solution from scratch, leveraging integrations with other SAP solutions to enhance business value, or navigating changes in an increasingly unpredictable world, Surety Systems is here to help.

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