Unlocking New Business Potential: Real-World Business Scenarios for SAP S/4HANA
SAP S/4HANA’s combination of technology and simplicity provides improved performance in orders of magnitude.
Beyond the underlying changes in technologies powering this new wave of ERP with SAP S/4HANA, are new business capabilities that simply weren’t possible before. These are not merely incremental improvements based on processes that have existed before, but transformation change delivered to each department, unlocking new value to the business.
Here are four such real-world business scenarios:
1. Supply Chain Legacy: In a legacy ERP solution, inventory information is distributed among multiple database tables. That may be fine when counting inventory at night in the warehouse. But a financial task called a Post Goods Issue (PGI) requires locking the tables so that the transactions can post. In a high volume environment, this locking means that everyone must wait in order to proceed. That can mean that truck drivers at a logistics center may be asked to wait several hours for the legacy database to complete a batch update.
S/4HANA: In SAP S/4HANA, the underlying data model is simplified and accelerated so that inventory data is processed in real-time – and truck drivers can get back on the road. The S/4HANA solution also has the intelligence to propose solutions to supply chain problems – and then implement them automatically.
2. Sales & Marketing Legacy: With legacy ERP, there is no way to monitor social media feeds without add-on solutions that wend their way through the system. As a result, sales and marketing professionals can’t follow their customers in real-time.
S/4HANA: With SAP S/4HANA, your sales and marketing professionals can pull data directly from social media channels and analyze it in real-time. So they can identify trends, respond immediately to customers, and create targeted promotions. And they can market to an audience of one.
3. Forecasting Legacy: With legacy ERP, forecasts can take days to produce – by which time they are stale.
S/4HANA: With SAP S/4HANA, you can run infinite what-if simulations that combine internal and external data in real-time – and evaluate the impact of each scenario. As a result, you can be better positioned to capitalize on opportunities – and mitigate risk.
4. Finance Legacy: With legacy ERP, closing the books on the quarter or the year can be a weeks-long process with dozens of tables required to manage financial data from business units, headquarters, and regions. The process can be prone to errors and delays.
S/4HANA: With SAP S/4HANA, all business units and regions are consolidated into a single table that can be viewed in real-time – any time. That presents the opportunity to generate an anytime, “soft close” that issues financial statements immediately so that the accounting department can focus more on business outcomes, then reporting.
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