For many people in IT, the job is managing one crisis after another. And lurking in the background is an existential crisis—the idea that IT can be minimized to a utility where success is measured in how cheaply it can be run. Of course this is not appealing to those in IT. The good news is that most organizations now recognize that IT will lead digital transformation efforts. In fact, a 2016 Gartner report confirmed that next to the CEO, the office of the CIO is viewed as the most important leader of digital business change.
SAP S/4HANA provides the best opportunity in a generation for this cooperation to happen. By taking a positive and proactive stance with S/4HANA, IT can not only improve their own operations, but also deploy technology innovation that is guaranteed to bring transformation and productivity gains to the business.
Imagine what this simplicity can do for you:
Allow your users to get whatever they need at any level of detail instantly
Eliminate the need to reconcile data sources or aggregates with the latest transactions
Reduce the complexity and storage requirements of the system
Improve the reliability and performance of the system by eliminating locking (HANA is an insert-only DB)
You can only get this simplification and the resulting new capabilities in SAP S/4HANA. Simply running your existing ERP in-memory, even if it is the latest SAP ECC 6, is not enough. Taking what you have today and running it in memory (Oracle 12c or any other in-memory DB) does not result in any benefit other than some improvement in query times. To get a benefit as big as eliminating reconciliation and locking, you must implement the latest version of SAP S/4HANA.
There are 3 major paths to S/4HANA adoption:
New implementation. Naturally this the choice when the you are new to SAP. In this case, Approyo will use migration tools to get data into a fresh installation of S/4HANA. Don’t overlook this option, though, even for companies using SAP, especially those with deployments that are severely out-of-date or loaded down with tons of obsolete customizations.
System Conversion. If a business wants to convert directly to the SAP S/4HANA 1511 release or later, then they can start with any enhancement pack of ECC 6 on Unicode and go directly to S/4HANA.
Landscape transformation. Using Central Finance as a way of easing S/4HANA into an environment where it is not possible to touch the existing ERP installations.
What is in it for IT?
Combined with historical archiving, the database can become much smaller without all that redundant aggregate data. This results in storage savings, faster backup and recovery, and improved reliability (due to less locking). IT stands to benefit just as much as their counterparts in the business.
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