SAP S/4HANA transition is gaining momentum in the wake of emerging technologies such as Big Data, the Internet of Things, Cloud, Robotic Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning. To thrive in the contemporary competitive landscape, businesses need to bridge connectivity gaps between people, systems, processes, and data to drive ongoing innovation and business intelligence.
In the age of disruption, when digitally-connected processes are the new normal, SAP S/4HANA implementation acts as a game-changer to improve visibility across end-to-end workflows and business models. At the same time, the transition to SAP S/4HANA enables organizations to embark on their digital transformation journey with optimized operational efficiency, a better user experience, simplified data flows, and enhanced business functionality.
SAP S/4HANA solves ERP transformation challenges with a high degree of agility and intelligence, enabling companies to connect complex business processes faster across the enterprise by automating repetitive tasks and leveraging predictive analytics.
Figure 1. SAP S/4HANA deployment as a core digital strategy within an organization handles complex and fragmented data much faster with real-time reporting and predictive analytics. (Image Source: SAP)
How migrating to SAP S/4HANA accelerates business value?
Enterprises are considered competent and intelligent only when systems, processes, people, and data are synchronized to meet tomorrow's business needs. Moving to SAP S/4HANA is a crucial step in making businesses truly connected and less prone to interruptions by enabling real-time connectedness across the technology ecosystem and revolutionizing the system landscape from the ground up.
As per Frost and Sullivan, over 87% of IT decision-makers agree that the hybrid cloud is critical to their digital transformation. SAP S/4HANA fuels digital transformation journeys by streamlining mission-critical business operations in real-time from anywhere while solving data sovereignty laws and security issues. SAP S/4HANA implementation ensures speed-to-market and performance enhancements by quickly enabling the rapid addition of new apps, improved functionalities, and advanced technologies.
Migration of a legacy SAP Business Suite to SAP S/4 HANA instantly unlocks the significant benefits of extending with an enhanced suite of cloud-based business applications, powered by artificial intelligence and analytics.
This improves an organization's ability to leverage critical business data in an accelerated time frame. Additionally, HANA’s in-memory processing enables faster “cloudification” of business workloads and provides greater functionality and embedded analytics.
A closer look at S/4HANA strategy and roadmap
SAP S/4HANA transition plays a pivotal role in redefining the paradigm of intelligent operations. Careful planning of your strategy is critical to achieve a future-ready business model that drives business process centralization and standardization along with greater cost efficiencies and enterprise-wide business agility.
Let's have a closer look at the Kellton’s approach to SAP S/4HANA implementation:
Figure 2: Kellton's approach SAP S/4HANA implementation
SAP S/4HANA cloud deployment options demystified
Technology is evolving. And the pace at which it is evolving will only add to the disruption in critical operations for enterprises that are laggards in the technology revolution. Rapid ERP transformation is essential for contemporary businesses to respond proactively to tomorrow’s enterprise needs. SAP S/4HANA is a key enabler that helps enterprises gain a competitive edge by merging technology modernization with strategy execution for legacy systems, making conventional business processes intelligent faster.
Below are three major SAP S/4HANA cloud deployment options available:
- Public Cloud: This is the most cost-effective deployment option available for SAP native cloud solutions and is based on a completely preconfigured solution delivery. By moving to SAP S/4HANA public cloud, you can unlock business innovation faster by managing the entire HANA infrastructure seamlessly with the flexibility to extend as per new market requirements.
- Private Cloud: This is another market disruptor that businesses can leverage to reimagine their business processes on the HANA infrastructure, running on a private cloud setup while reaping the incredible benefits of standardized best practices, low landscape complexity, fast innovation, greater business agility, security prioritization, complete management control, and the lowest total cost of ownership.
- Hybrid Cloud: This is a game-changer for many large-scale organizations that are aiming to use an SAP S/4HANA implementation to transform their existing SAP ERP landscapes. As the name suggests, the hybrid cloud provides seamless support for hybrid environments and ensures a frictionless experience for future upgrades, and for when SAP S/4HANA cloud will be combined with SAP S/4HANA cloud, private edition, or on-premise SAP S/4HANA implementations. The key benefit of using a hybrid cloud is a single and centralized system foundation, using the same data, semantics, and UX.
Figure 3. A closer look at SAP S/4HANA cloud, on-premise, and hosted deployment options. (Image Source: SAP)
An SAP S/4HANA transformation is not always an easy decision, it is important to choose the right SAP S/4HANA deployment option to unlock the many strategic benefits such as greater efficiency, greater automation, and enhanced value.
Achieve next-generation operations with Kellton
Kellton prepares enterprises to compete in the digital age by enabling a stronger foundation for business agility and new capabilities through a strategic SAP S/4HANA implementation roadmap. By interconnecting fragmented systems, databases, and applications on a single holistic SAP platform, we help businesses to break down departmental silos and move beyond traditional approaches to become a more diverse intelligent enterprise. Our experience as a leading SAP transformation partner unlocks digital resiliency, rapid innovation, greater efficiency, optimal user experiences, improved visibility, and intelligent SAP S/4HANA capabilities.