In an ever-evolving digital landscape, companies must ensure their solutions can keep up with the pace of their own organizational change and prepare their teams to handle future innovation and improvement opportunities and achieve continued success.

Enter SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder — an intelligent service designed to help organizations assess and optimize their existing SAP landscapes, identify opportunities for innovation, and align their technology investments with business goals.

Read on to learn more about the SAP Pathfinder, how it enables more effective business transformation efforts across systems, and where our team of expert SAP consultants can come in to help.

What is SAP Pathfinder?

The SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder is an intelligent service designed to help SAP customers identify and leverage new opportunities to improve, innovate, and optimize their existing SAP landscape.

The primary goal of the SAP Pathfinder tool is to assist organizations in maximizing the value derived from their SAP solutions, ensuring that their technology investments align with business goals and industry best practices.

With intuitive SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder report functionality, users can:

  • Analyze existing SAP applications: The Pathfinder report service begins with an in-depth analysis of current data and business processes, including assessing current usage for SAP apps, understanding critical business processes, and identifying areas of improvement.
  • Build an innovation roadmap: SAP Pathfinder helps organizations build a comprehensive roadmap for innovation, considering critical requirements, priorities, budget constraints, and other factors.
  • Perform cost-benefit analysis: Users can leverage SAP Pathfinder capabilities to perform cost-benefit analysis, which helps organizations understand the impact of recommended changes on business efficiency and enables better decisions about where to invest resources.
  • Access improvement recommendations: The Pathfinder tool offers recommendations for innovation and improvement, including suggestions for adopting new SAP Fiori apps, optimizing current processes, or implementing best practices to ensure a productive SAP ERP system.
  • Align processes with SAP best practices: SAP Pathfinder enables users to align their critical business processes with SAP best practices and industry standards, ensuring they take advantage of the most relevant innovations and stay current with new cloud extensions and tools.

Key Features of SAP’s Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder

Here’s a closer look at the main features of the SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder:

Landscape Assessment

The SAP Pathfinder service begins with a comprehensive assessment of the organization’s current SAP landscape, including an analysis of today’s system usage, current configurations, and existing business processes to identify areas for improvement and optimization in the future.

Roadmap Development

By leveraging the SAP Pathfinder to develop a roadmap for implementing recommended changes, organizations can outline the steps and timelines for adopting new technologies, optimizing processes, and achieving desired business outcomes over time.

Opportunity Identification

The SAP Master Pathfinder service helps identify opportunities for innovation and improvement within a company’s existing SAP environment, involving analyzing the organization’s business goals and aligning them with the capabilities of their existing and planned SAP solutions.

Efficiency and Optimization Strategies

Recommendations for optimizing and streamlining existing business processes are often part of the SAP Pathfinder service, helping organizations to improve efficiency and reduce overall operational costs.

Common IT Challenges in Meeting Strategic Business Goals

IT departments in organizations across industries face quite a few challenges in trying to simultaneously meet critical line of business requirements, identify business process improvement areas, and support strategic digitalization objectives.

Here are a few of the main challenges associated with these tasks:

  • Prepare internal teams for the digital transformation projects and ensure proper training
  • Simplify and improve overall IT operations to optimize efficiency and reduce total cost of ownership across the entire organization
  • Improve current SAP system efficiency by facilitating business innovation and fulfilling demand for new system functionalities
  • Provide value from existing systems while navigating the complexities of new business suite enhancements, applications, and capabilities

The Answer: SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder

By outlining customer-specific innovation and improvement opportunities, leveraging recommendations to implement new software or optimize SAP innovation activities, and building interactive reports that lead users to relevant SAP Maintenance information, the SAP Pathfinder is the answer for IT teams.

Here are a few critical capabilities of Pathfinder SAP functionality for IT personnel:

Intelligent improvement opportunities

SAP Pathfinder provides business process improvement recommendations based on business process performance data from existing SAP systems and applications.

The Pathfinder tool compares benchmarks against industry peers and identifies the top areas for future business process improvements across the entire organization.

Innovation recommendations

The SAP Pathfinder platform offers personalized innovation recommendations based on an organization’s current system usage for SAP S/4HANA, SAP Fiori, SAP enhancement packages, and other SAP Cloud solutions.

With intelligent recommendations, users can build and support their own SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder to ensure their innovation opportunities align with current business and IT performance needs.

Accelerated IT innovation

By leveraging Pathfinder’s intelligent recommendations, organizations can understand, automate, and improve their critical IT activities, facilitating stronger collaboration and improved process efficiency.

The SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder enables IT teams to identify the main areas of potential improvement and facilitate business process automation through the SAP Solution Manager.

How Can We Help?

Whether you need help outlining plans for future SAP optimization projects, additional support identifying critical areas of improvement, or just an extra hand getting started on your SAP journey, Surety Systems is here to help.

Our senior-level, US-based SAP consultant team has the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to help you handle all your most important project needs and maximize your overall SAP investment.

Getting Started with Us

Interested in learning how SAP Pathfinder can facilitate business process automation and optimize your current system usage? Ready to get started on a project with our team of expert SAP consultants?

Contact us today!