In an ever-changing business environment, innovative and efficient operations play a critical role in helping companies remain competitive, and intelligent technologies, like SAP Ariba and SAP SuccessFactors, go from a nice-to-have, to a must-have tool in driving greater revenues across the board.

SAP Digital Transformation encompasses the strategic integration of digital technologies and processes within an organization to drive innovation, enhance operational efficiency, and achieve sustainable growth over time.

This article will provide an in-depth view of SAP Digital Transformation and a few key considerations and steps to ensure a successful digital transformation journey, as well as where our team of SAP consultants can come in to help.

Read on to learn more!

What is Digital Business Transformation?

Digital transformation refers to the process of integrating intelligent technologies and innovative solutions into an existing business landscape, enabling employees to leverage new capabilities to complete tasks, gain new insights into core business operations, and drive innovation across the entire organization.

This involves a fundamental rethinking of current business processes and models to find new ways to improve efficiencies, deliver value, and drive better return on investment (ROI).

With well-defined digital transformation initiatives, companies can not only deliver better customer experiences and improve employee satisfaction, but they can also employ and manage technical and cultural change to remain competitive in an ever-changing market.

What is SAP Digital Transformation?

In today’s fast-paced business environment, outdated legacy systems and fragmented system landscapes no longer cut the mustard. Instead, companies need innovative, intuitive, and intelligent technologies that offer the tools needed to simplify complex business processes, respond to changes in supply chains and consumer behaviors, and build the foundation for greater efficiency in the future.

This is where SAP Digital Transformation comes in to help. It’s an innovative solution designed to help companies across all industries streamline their most important business operations and remain competitive in an era of increased competition and evolving customer demands.

Core elements of SAP Digital Transformation include…

  • Employee performance management
  • User adoption
  • Customer experience
  • Innovative business processes
  • Cultural change and communication
  • Integrated SAP solutions

3 Key Areas of a Successful Digital Transformation Plan

When it comes to outlining a digital transformation plan that helps drive transformation, improve collaboration, and increase revenues, your team should consider three main objective, including…

1) Business Process Transformation

This step involves assessing current business processes, identifying areas of improvement, and adapting core workflows to meet changing business objectives and evolving customer demands.

With automation tools and streamlined workflows, companies are enabled to adapt their business models and operations to align with an ever-changing technology environment and promote more efficient business process transformation across teams.

Digital transformation is a subset of business process transformation, meaning that it builds a connected technological foundation for a company’s important data sets and sources and offers necessary support for organizational process changes.

2) Organizational and Cultural Transformation

The key to any successful digital transformation initiative includes efforts that align with the culture and core values of the organization. Without properly aligned processes and involvement from internal team members, companies can fall victim to reduced workforce wellness, lack of competitiveness, tarnished brand value and reputation, slow user adoption, and a loss of faith in overall company culture.

But, with internal collaboration and communication between teams, companies can drive more efficient and effective organizational transformation efforts and promote better outcomes in the future. SAP Digital Transformation provides the tools needed for companies to mitigate risks, monitor change, and improve the adoption of new technologies across teams.

3) Business Model Transformation

Business model transformation initiatives focus on establishing the foundation for efficient business processes and ensuring business models are prepared to withstand continuous change in the future.

And, with well-defined business transformation plans, companies can change traditional business models to process big data, meet real-time requirements, and drive innovation over time.

Understanding New Digital Technologies

There are four main principles to follow when considering the switch to a new ERP system, like SAP S/4HANA. Let’s take a closer look at a few examples:

Prepare for new business models.

SAP S/4HANA enables companies to bring all their most important data together in the same place, but, without preparing your data structures for big data processing, high levels of throughput, and real-time requirements, your new data model may not be as successful as originally planned.

By considering data model designs and reconciliation needs, companies in any industry can leverage real-time analytics and predictive modeling tools to conduct fast, multidimensional reporting, reduce the need for data replication, and eliminate redundancies across the entire organization.

Understand intuitive user interfaces.

With SAP S/4HANA transformation, business users can leverage role-based cockpits, embedded analytics, and machine learning capabilities to automate business processes and facilitate more data-driven decisions across teams.

And, by leveraging an intuitive user interface (like SAP Fiori), companies are enabled to move from one screen to another with seamless connection and drill down into key performance indicators (KPIs) to manage customer and operational data more efficiently and ensure proper user authentication.

Lean into automated business operations.

SAP S/4HANA transformation enables companies to automate core business processes and leverage intelligent technology solutions, like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the Internet of Things (IoT), to drive innovation and promote growth over time.

And, instead of simply providing a surface-level notification when a problem occurs, automated tools make it easier for companies to support agile app development and integration and turn insights into action.

Leverage the cloud.

On-premise applications offer limited functionality and fragmented connection between systems, whereas cloud-based solutions are able to handle any tasks by leveraging an intelligent and intuitive interface and easy-to-use tools.

By leaning into cloud-based operations, like those involved in the SAP S/4HANA solution, companies can move past traditional argument logic and step into an era where justification isn’t needed to improve user adoption or keep everyone on the same page when creating or implementing digital transformation initiatives.

Main Advantages of SAP Digital Transformation Framework

Here are a few key benefits of SAP Digital Transformation strategy for users across the landscape…

  • Real-time insights and improved decision-making
  • Better customer engagement and experience
  • Improved business model innovation
  • Opportunity for growth over time
  • Enhanced efficiency and productivity

Where Does Surety Systems Come in to Help?

Whether you need help outlining plans for new business transformation initiatives, additional support implementing intelligent technologies that meet customer demands, or just an extra hand facilitating communication between business networks, Surety Systems is here to help.

Our team of senior-level, US-based SAP consultants has you covered! From implementing the SAP Business Suite for the first time to navigating complex machine learning integrations, and anything else related to digital transformation in SAP, we’ve got the right team for you.

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Interested in learning how SAP Digital Transformation can help optimize your new technologies? Ready to get started on a new business innovation project, but don’t know where to begin?

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