The digitalization of business across all industries is happening rapidly, and there is no turning back. Companies are looking for new ways to deliver value to their customers using digital channels and creating personalized, digitally enabled products across all sectors, from consumer products to heavy equipment and machinery. The industrial machinery and components industry (IM&C) is at the heart of this shift, providing the intelligent machines and equipment needed for this transformation as well as spearheading innovative processes like connected manufacturing and predictive maintenance and service. So the value of digitalization for IM&C companies lies in two areas:
But the market is not uncontested, and as new entrants are breaking into traditional manufacturing domains, established manufacturers are moving their focus from delivering pure products to providing end-to-end solution lifecycle services. IM&C companies need to redefine their core competencies and rebuild their business strategies that support them. In working with leading companies across the globe, we see investments and energy around five strategic priorities:
Serving the “segment of one”
Digital smart products
Digital supply chain and smart factories
Servitization and new business models
To execute on these, companies will have to evaluate if they have the right technology platform that can support these five priorities.The right platform requires an IT architecture that provides both stability and long-term reliability for core enterprise processes, while simultaneously allowing for flexibility in areas where change is happening on a constant basis. The digital core is the foundation for the fundamental processes that need to run consistently and flexibly. This digital core provides uninterrupted, real-time transactions and analytics, the ability to work with Big Data, as well as connectivity to Line of Business extensions that enable supporting processes such as talent sourcing or business networks.
SAP S/4HANA was specifically developed to represent the digital core in this “bi-modal IT architecture.” The suite provides IM&C companies with a proven framework to adopt industry best practices while attaining operational excellence across the entire value chain.
SAP S/4HANA: sources of value
The fundamental value from SAP S/4HANA comes through the ability to deal with Big Data in real time, simplified processes, built-in analytics, and a simplified user experience (UX).
Big Data in real time: along the entire value chain
Effective IM&C companies require an end-to-end data flow from product development all the way to aftersales service in order to ensure integrity and closed-loop processes. With SAP S/4HANA, this can be achieved in combination with large amounts of machine data.
Simplified processes: no batch runs
Today, many processes require a data aggregation or analysis executed in nightly batch runs. With SAP S/4HANA, these kind of work-arounds are no longer required and processes become simpler and much more straightforward.
Built-in analytics: immediate insight to action
Traditional analytics solutions use data that has been preaggregated into cubes that support predesigned reports. With SAP S/4HANA, analytics can be performed in a flexible way and without predefined reports directly on the transactional data, providing faster and more granular insight.
Simplified user experience: across all devices
Traditional user interfaces are transaction oriented and often complicated to use. With the SAP Fiori UX, SAP S/4HANA empowers frontline users with an end-user centric, consumer-grade experience allowing faster execution of tasks and more confident decision making.
SAP S/4HANA is The Next Generation Business Suite For A Digital World
The opportunity exists to transform business processes and achieve the digital transformation of your business with more automation and real-time visibility. Our SAP HANA and Big Data solutions address these important these needs and more. Let us show you today! Set up a free consultation.